It seems as if those with loyalties to SM are hard at work to discredit the lawsuit between JYJ (Junsu, Yoochun and Jaejoong), and their former Korean management company, SM Entertainment. Fans are fighting mad at what seems to be an attempt to turn public opinion away from JYJ and put undeserved pressure on those who want to allow the group access to the Korean airwaves.
Other SM artists got slapped down — sometimes by some of their own fans — for publicly jumping into the dispute between SM and JYJ. Now another outside 3rd party has jumped into the fray in what looks like an attempt to affect the Court’s decision in JYJ’s lawsuit.
An organization calling itself the Korean Entertainment Producers’ Association (KEPA) released a statement allegedly expressing negative concern about what effect the lawsuit filed by JYJ, and former Super Junior member Hangeng, will have on the entertainment industry.
Among KEPA’s blustering nonsense includes an accusation that JYJ only filed suit for “personal monetary profit”. It doesn’t seem to worry KEPA that this is a flat-out lie based on the actions of JYJ since the lawsuit.
For example, JYJ gave a series of FREE showcase performances in the U.S. after having VISA problems which made it impossible to reap monetary gain. When faced with this crisis, they didn’t cancel those expensive showcases — which they probably had to pay for out-of-pocket — even though they wouldn’t get paid for doing them.
Members of KEPA don’t seem to understand that people who have jobs usually receive money for their services. That’s the way things work. A person works…. and that person gets paid. Or does KEPA think JYJ should have enslaved themselves to SM without any concern for their own well-being?
KEPA also completely denies the existence of “slave contracts” even though various entertainment companies have already changed the contracts of an unknown number of K-pop artists BECAUSE they fell into the category of “slave contracts”. In SM’s case, they saw nothing wrong with signing underaged kids to 13 year contracts even if that kid had his/her parent’s permission.
The KEPA statement goes on to talk about what other people could do if JYJ were to win their lawsuit as well. They claim if JYJ were successful, then other celebrities would try to “abuse” the precedent by suing entertainment companies. And yes, they used the word “abuse”, as if hundreds of stars are somewhere plotting, waiting for their chance to challenge these gigantic, all-powerful companies in Court. Get real.
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