KBS is severely criticized for its remarks regarding JYJ.
On May 17, 2011, KBS posted a response to a post titled ‘Request for an explanation why JYJ cannot appear on <Music Bank>’ on on KBS’s online production crew message board[on their official website.]
KBS remarked, ‘JYJ have been in the process of lawsuit with their former management company[SM], so KBS is closely monitoring the result of the lawsuit from an objective standpoint. It could influence on the current case if celebrities under lawsuit who is in the legal disputes appear on TV.”
JYJ instantly refuted this argument saying, “in the case of lawsuit that KBS has made an issue of, the court already ruled last year that SM’s subordinate contract with JYJ was invalid as the court judged that the contract was unilateral and unfair to JYJ.” They also emphasized that the court has acknowledged SM’s interference with JYJ’s activities and have been issued an indirect compulsory order.
Those in the judicial circles point out that KBS’s argument has many rooms for misunderstanding. Regarding SM’s insistence about ‘dual-contract,’ the court ruled that ‘in accordance with the judgment from the provisional injunction, SM, at this point in time, do not have any authorities to manage and/or administer the duration of the contract in Kim Jaejoong, Park Yuchun, and Kim Junsu’s entertainment activities regardless of the validity of contract.”
JYJ has been active as honorary ambassadors of various government-run projects as the ‘faces of Korea.’ On April 21, they were appointed as honorary ambassadors for World OKTA (World Overseas Korean Trader’s Association) with President Lee Myung Bak present at the ceremony. Moreover, they have also been appointed as the honorary ambassador for selection of Jeju Island for New 7 Wonders of Nature on May 3. Dominant opinions say that the fact KBS, the state-run public broadcasting company, singled out JYJ as figures who could ‘hinder development of culture industry and hold risks of obstructing order’ has gone too far.
Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu, and Park Yuchun have filed for a provisional injunction to invalidate the exclusive contract, and started their activities as JYJ after signing an one-off contract for business commission. Since then, theories about external pressure have were raised as JYJ’s appearances on not only music programs but entertainment variety programs such as <Win Win> and <Come To Play> were cancelled for all three major broadcasting companies.
Under these circumstances, KBS’s statement that contradicts the basic facts and the court’s judgments just resulted in incurring more resentment from the fans.