Kim Kwangsu is the Auditor General of the Korea Entertainment Producers Association (KEPA), familiar to JYJ3 readers who participated in TheJYJFiles International Fans Petition. He is also the director of Core Contents Media, a large entertainment company in Korea. His remarks from an interview in February are now circling the Korean web again.
Reporter: What is an “Entertainer”?
Kim: An expendable good? When you first buy a smart phone, you treasure it. And then when the trend passes you replace it with a new one. I think entertainers have trends too. When I say “an expendable good” I mean it in that way.
KEPA is the organization that collected signatures from its general members for a petition that expressed “serious concern about… [JYJ’s] claims filed in court to declare their contract invalid… If [the Court] finds in favor of the three who have misused the public misperception of a slave contract to file the preliminary injunction and the action, many other entertainers will abuse such decision to pursue lawsuits against their own entertainment companies.” KEPA’s members collectively produce up to ninety percent of Korean popular music.
KEPA is a member of KFPCAI, which is the organization that distributed formal statements to Korea’s major media outlets to urge a ban on JYJ’s television and radio appearances, warning that to do otherwise is to harm the Korean Wave.
It is not surprising that the biggest players in the Korean entertainment industry commit actions that violate the human rights of entertainers with ease. Its members do not view the entertainer as a human being.