By chupa**** of Daum JYJ Telzone Gallery (Jan. 29 2011)
*Translator’s note: On 30th Jan. 2011, MBC plans to broadcast a special report on the Korean Wave. Hearing of this, Korean JYJ fans flooded the MBC public message board with requests that the report feature JYJ and that it doesn’t compromise or distort JYJ or their activities in any way. What follows below is a message left on the MBC public message board that I found especially powerful and moving.
Giant idol management companies and the associations formed to protect their interests are playing the Hallyu card. But, the Hallyu that they speak of and defend is not the pride of the Korean people but our shame. If Hallyu means using the dreams of the young to violate their human rights, if that is what is necessary for Hallyu to progress, it is a disgrace to our entire country. As an adult (Translator’s note: she’s an auntie), how am I supposed to show my face? A genuine Hallyu must be one that doesn’t oscillate with trends even after a long time but comes to fundamentally embody [our] culture.
You must have heard of the expression, ‘to sell rice before the harvest’ (Translator’s note: the English equivalent would be ‘to put the cart before the horse’). These idol management companies are doing just that, in a way that violates laws and playing with human beings no less. They rail about being betrayed and talk of their good graces [toward their idols], but have they ever worked with a mindset friendly to social welfare for the realisation of dreams? Scooping up talented children and youth then using their dreams and lives to secure corporate interests does not count.
Have you actually heard JYJ’s music?
Before you broadcast your piece, I highly recommend that you listen to JYJ’s songs.
They are the genuine alternative.
In entertainment programmes that push into the citizens’ faces perilously under-dressed minors and make sick perverts of us all, I have no interest. I want to see genuine singers and artists; I want to focus on the melody and the lyrics. It’s no wonder the giant management companies are afraid of JYJ: these three youths are talented, hard-working, sincere and never give up in the face of difficulties. It is now time for our entertainment industry to undergo the same kind of change. To the Korean people, who have always overcome life’s hardships with music and singing,GIVE US GENUINE SONGS!!!!
[JYJ] have what’s needed to unite people of all ages and expand our popular music to the rest of the world. Don’t block them.
I sincerely hope that broadcasting representatives have at least a little foresight.
As an adult, I’m cheering on JYJ because I do not want to stand ashamed in front of the generation that will replace us.
I therefore request that you release a broadcast that is filled with sincerity/integrity.