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JYJ and Sasaeng Fans: An Ugly Controversy

It has barely been two weeks since the circulation of a video that ambiguously portrayed JYJs Yoochun hitting a female fan went viral, yet the former DBSK members have found themselves at the center of a controversy whose projected consequences could be far graver.

By now, most readers will have heard that more evidence to suggest that JYJ have been openly violent towards their fans has surfaced.  Dispatch, a Korean news outlet, has obtained and released audio footage of Yoochun, Jaejoong, and Junsu that strongly suggests that the three have behaved violently towards sasaeng (private life) fans; Yoochun can be heard swearing at a fan over the phone, while Jaejoong not only swears at, but audibly and repeatedly hits what appears to be a female fan.  Though there is no accompanying video footage, the audio evidence is difficult to dispute and altogether quite damning.

In the first part, Yoochun responds to a phone call from a sasaeng fan:

Fan: Who is this?  Is this [so-and-so]s phone?

Y: Ah, f*cker/b*tch [Korean expletive]

The second part features Jaejoong verbally and physically abusing a sasaeng fan:

You follow methis is fun, you guys are really going to have a lot of funbecause of you guys, because of you this is really sh*tty, isnt it?  Youre a sasaeng fan, arent you?  You dog-like f*cker.  Do I have to live like this?  Do I have to live like this?  Because of you?  Do you guys know how many times Ive hit people like you?  Dozens of times, I cant even count how many times.  You, come here.  Come here before I come get you.  Hey!  Get over here before I come and get you.  Go!  You f*ckers.  Youre gonna tell me you cant go home because your face is swollen and then youll report me, you f*cker?  You cant go home because your face is swollen so youll report me to the police and ask for compensation for injury?  You f*ckersthis is what a fan is?  Bullsh*tf*ck.

Hey, you guys are even filming this?  Huh?  Fine, just do whatever you want.  Live however you want to.

The footage is reported to be from 2009, shortly before the DBSK split.  Altogether, there exists more than ten minutes of audio, much of which involves Jaejoong.  Three more audio clips of Jaejoong verbally berating and hitting fangirls for their obsessive behavior can be heard here, here, and here.

Understandably, news outletsboth Korean and Englishhave blown up over the audio footages release.   JYJ and sasaeng fans has been a hot topic on the celebrity news pages of Naver and Daum, two major Korean news websites, since the news broke.  The videos have been uploaded and re-uploaded to YouTube a number of times, and fans have been commenting in hordes on numerous social media outlets.  Reactions range from shock and outrage to outright denial that the footage is reliable.

The eruption of further controversy surrounding JYJ has led to a number of questions, notably in relation to the timing of Dispatchs release of the audio footage.  Fans have questioned why the audio footage (reportedly from 2009) wasnt released earlier and have speculated upon a potential relationship between this incident and the untimely appearance of the Yoochun video last month (also reportedly from 2009).  Whether or not the two incidents are related or at the root of some larger conspiracy remains to be seen and is impossible to say.

Though the audio footage is disconcerting on a number of levels, two clear poles have emerged in discussion.  On the one hand, it is important to recognize that JYJ are not lashing out at ordinary fans doing ordinary things.  Sasaeng fans are notorious for their stalker-like and often disturbingly inappropriate behavior towards their favorite celebrities.  Weve all heard stories of fans who send male idols letters written in their menstrual blood, who somehow obtain idols phone numbers and call them repeatedly, who hire taxi cabs and follow idols wherever they go.  Indeed, much of the other audio footage (see above links) consists of Jaejoong ranting about fans who obsessively stalk him in this way.  More so than they are JYJ, they are Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, young men who are human beings like the rest of us and who crave normalcy and privacy.  It is clear that on more than one occasion, sasaeng fans haven taken it way too far, and naturally the boys would have breaking points.  Many have pointed out that living the way that JYJ does would provoke anger and incite any normal individual.

On the other hand, the violence with which JYJ (particularly Jaejoong) deals with these fans is alarming, disgusting, and inappropriate; assuming that the victim of assault is a teenage female, it is perhaps all the more so.  In the article accompanying the audio, Dispatch notes that other celebrities, too, have displayed anger towards sasaeng fans, but none to the point of physical violence.  Though unfortunate, that celebrities owe most of their success and fame to the dedication of their fans is a reality, and many have insisted that, considered in this light, Jaejoong and the boys behavior is doubly reprehensible.  Like it or not, celebrities live under constant scrutiny, and South Korea is a small-enough country (and Seoul a small enough city) to make it possible for fans to consistently find and access their favorite celebrities.  In other words, JYJ knew what they were signing up for, and to react against itespecially in so violent a manneris unforgivable.

From any angle, this news is upsetting, disturbing, and indicative of deep-seated problems inherent in Korean idol culture.  As JYJ are currently in South America, no statement on their behalf has yet been made, but the controversy as it stands demonstrates that at some point, something has to give.  The behavior of JYJ as seen in this audio footage is deplorable and inexcusable, but no less condemnable is the behavior of sasaeng fans.  Overall, the two have contributed to what is ultimately a sad situation that will likely have a noticeable impact on JYJs already precarious future.

Seoulmates, what do you make of this recent controversy?  Wed love to hear what you have to say.

(Dispatch, Oh My News, The Star, Oh My News)

2NE1's CL Joins Fashion designer Alexander Wang's Spring Sequence Campaign

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2NE1's CL Joins Fashion designer Alexander Wang's Spring Sequence Campaign

In contemporary months CL has gave the impression and carried out at a Calvin Klein match in Shanghai and graced the covers of a couple of fashion magazines reminiscent of W Korea. The idol could also be famously best possiblefriends amongst Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott and is regularlynoticed attending fashion shows.

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BTS's Manager Sings Along Individuals Jimin And Jungkook

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BTS's Manager Sings Along  Individuals Jimin And Jungkook

(Photo : BigHit Entertainment)(Photo : KBS)Do BTS have a secret member hidden among their ranks?

On February 8, BTS individuals Jimin and Jungkook took phase in theIdol and Circle of relatives National Making a song Competition, the KBS network's Lunar New Year special.

The two idols took on Korean new wave, pop-rock sensation Cho Yong Pil's noted ballad "I Hope It'll Be That Way Now" with the assistance of their manager, Kim Hyun Soo.

Nine Muses' Kyung Li expresses discontent over her firm CEO

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If what Nine Muses' Kyung Li says is true, the CEO of Star Empire Entertainment might lack for some very, very, very fundamental manners. 

Kyung Li expressed no longer without some discontent the slights she has experienced when she attempted to be well mannered to Famous person Empire Entertainment CEO Shin Joo Hak. The idol explained at the February 10 broadcast of 'Gold Medal Duty,' "When I greet the CEO with 'Hello,' he ignores me." 

Kyung Li added, "But I don' think he ignores Kwanghee, Siwan or Hyungsik. I heard that he even purchased a bag for Kwanghee. I just wish that he would recognize my greetings with a smile." Sounds like an effortlessample wish. Let's just hope the Star Empire CEO will have center to settle for Kyung Li's greeting. 

Pungdeng-E To Bring A Dose Of K-Pop To Hawaii's Biggest Anime Convention

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Pungdeng-E To Bring A Dose Of K-Pop To Hawaii's Biggest Anime Convention

Pungdeng-E are a kitschy trio created from Heejin "Red", Gahee "Blue" and Eunbi "Yellow" with a "satori concept," that means that every member represents a regional dialect of South Korea.If they do sing at the event, attendees are yesto look the trio's hit songs "Baechu Bossam" and "PPIPPIPPAPPA" carried out live.

Kawaii Kon 2016 will also host a panel discussion titled The Pop Pacific: Creation to J-Pop and K-Pop. The professionals will speak about genres of J-pop and K-pop, popular acts, and the role of entertainment agencies in the market.

Kang Ho Dong needs to install his son with Yang Hyun Suk's daughter?

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Kang Ho Dong needs to install his son with Yang Hyun Suk's daughter?

On JTBC's 'Mari and Me' on February 10, he visited the YG Entertainment building with iKON's B.I to select up the dog they were entrusted to by way of Yang Hyun Suk. However, in Yang Hyun Suk's stead was once the manager, who offeredthe 2 to Hongsun, revealing, "Hongsun become the call given by the daughter of Yang Hyun Suk, Yoo Jin."

Kang Ho Dong then asked how old the daughter, who was published by the chief ot be seven years old. Kang Ho Dong said, "That's best possible for my son, Shi Hoo. The entire thing is falling into place," revealing his preference to develop into in-laws with Yang Hyun Suk. Wonder how the YG CEO feels about that!

Go Jun Hee Is A 'Nain' Lady In Dazed & Confused

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Go Jun Hee Is A 'Nain' Lady In Dazed & Confused

(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)(Photo : Dazed & Confused)become Jun Hee starred in "Be Pretty" for the February factor of Dazed Confused.

The model-turned-actress showcased pieces from Nain's Spring 2016 serieswhilst posing in a collection alongside a beige carpet and couch. In line with the magazine, the concept thatobserve this season's "pretty clean" trend. Go's cloth cabinetincorporated a floral dress, leather shorts, studded loafers and quite so much of trench coats.

Among the standout pieces presented there used to be the Episode J LX Irene tweed jacket. The jacket is is described as a "warm spring day" item, is to be had in purple and ivory, and contours gold buttons and pretend pockets. The piece may also be yours HERE and will most probably benoticed below.

'Star King's 'Little Psy' Jun Min Woo published to have lost the combat to brain tumor

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'Star King's 'Little Psy' Jun Min Woo published to have lost the combat to brain tumor

Lunar New Year is meant to be a time of festivities and new beginnings, yet so far, the Year of the Monkey turns out to be having a coarse start.  Not handiest did Jung Kyung Ho's grandfather pass away and a little boy get suffocated to death through his father but also Jun Min Woo, who used to be much liked as 'Little Psy' on 'Star King' (not to be puzzled alongside Hwang Min Woo from Psy's MVs), becamepublished to have gave up the ghosta couple of days ago.

Back in 2014, he seemed on  SBS's 'Curious Tale Y' to speak about coming to Korea to regard his brain cancer.  However, consistent witha up to date report, Jun Min Woo passed away on middle of the night of February 9.  Due to issue breathing, he had instantly been transported to a sanatorium on February 8 where he won emergency treatment, but it was not enough, as he in the end passed away.

Is YG Entertainment Making plans A SXSW Take Over? POLL

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Is YG Entertainment Making plans A SXSW Take Over? POLL

(Photo : YG Entertainment)(Photo : YG Entertainment)One primary Korean entertainment label is having a look to take over South Through Southwest (SXSW) for a 2d time.

On Tuesday, YG Entertainments legitimate Instagram shared a picture of SXSWs logo for the approaching March tech, music, and picturetournament in Austin Texas. YG artists have attended and conducted at SXSW in the past, resulting inwell-likedhypothesis that the image is a trace of exciting news for SXSW attendees.

Following final years functionality by Epik Top at SXSWs K-Pop Evening Out Showcase, enthusiasts are eagerly expectinga statementrelating to YG performers heading to this years SXSW.

Boyfriend's Youngmin Rescues Fan From Being Hit Via Car

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Boyfriend's Youngmin Rescues Fan From Being Hit Via Car

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Time to celebrate Seventeen Dino's birthday!

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Dino used to be born on February 11, 1999, making him 17 across the world and 18 in Korea. Are you ready totrust that the maknae is creating up so fast? Soon he will exist stealing all our hearts as a good-looking young man, not more a teenage boy.