The Park Jaebeom ControversySeptember 6, 2009
I just really have to post this. Everyone must have heard about 2pm’s Park Jaebeom’s mistake by now and the reactions of netizens towards the incident. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, here’s the 411. Park Jaebeom commented on his myspace 4 years ago that ‘Korea is gay’ and that he wants to go back to the US. Netizens reacted negatively in his statement stating that Jaebeom showed lack of Korean pride or something like that.
Seoulbeats has reported that there’s a petition banning or requesting that Jaebeom will leave the group and go back to the states. This is really something blown out of proportion. Honestly, I don’t think the said petition will succeed. I think netizens and fans, male and female alike won’t go down this low. I think those detractors are fans of other artists who are jealous of how far the boys have come. You have to admit, barely a year into their debut, they were able to come out with two hit singles.
Here’s my reaction to the incident. First of all, come on, that was 4 years ago. Secondly, was he the only one who made a mistake? It would be a big deal, if he said it now but he wrote that 4 years ago. The time when he was just a trainee. The time when he just moved to Korea. The time when he barely speaked any Hangul. How can anybody still hold him responsible with something he did in his younger years. Lastly, it was a private conversation. Doesn’t everybody have that remorse on their life?
I think what Suju’s Leeteuk did to Kim Yuna was even worse than this. To those of you who don’t know, Leeteuk spread around that Kim Yuna rejected his cyworld friend request. This generate a lot of hate from fans to the figure skater. Kim Yuna denied the allegation but fans kept attacking her. Leeteuk then made a public apology and stated that he made that thing up to spice up the show he was in.
As to date, Park Jaebeom already made an apology to fans and Koreans alike. But still the negativity goes on. What do they want the guy to do? The guy apologized. The guy new what he did what was and regrets it. I’m sorry, maybe this a Korean thing but I really don’t understand why people would genuinely react like this. Unless, this is a plot by detractors of 2pm. This is a great opportunity to pull them down. But I still think that they won’t succeed. Park Jaebeom is just too likable and has already an established fanbase.
Also, I feel more support than attacks. Actually I don’t see any attacks. If you go to youtube, you’ll see only vids of encouragement. Maybe the negativity are just in Korea. To those in Korea, is it really that big? I mean is he being booed like what happened to SNSD? Like in seoulbeats, I only read one or two netizen who wrote badly about him, the rest wrote encouraging messages.
I think this is a SM Entertainment plot. Sorry, that’s just what I feel. Here’s a recent fancam of their performance. There’s not really anything bad about the fans. I think all the negativity are only online and done by jealouse fans of other groups.