Fans of the idol group 2PM have been stepping up their protests against Jae-bum’s resignation as a group member. Jae-bum has quit 2PM because he has stirred up controversy for messages criticizing Korea that he had posted while preparing for his debut.
Internet users have blasted 2PM’s agency, JYP Entertainment, for making Jae-bum leave the country just four days after the scandal broke out. 2PM’s fans have blanketed the agency’s building with posters opposing Jae-bum’s departure. They are demanding that JYP explain the situation and are sending dozens of emails to media agencies.
2PM’s fan site “Underground” has expressed anger toward JYP, saying that it would launch a campaign discouraging people from buying tickets to the 2009 Dream Concert, where 2PM is to perform without Jae-bum, as well as from buying the group’s albums and accessories. They are also demanding refunds and threatening to stage boycotts.
More than 100,000 fans have signed a petition in protest of Jae-bum’s departure on the Internet portal Daum. JYP CEO Park Jin-young left a lengthy message for 2PM’s fans on the official Web site on September 10. He wrote that when Jae-bum first came to Korea four years ago, he used to be a rebellious and undependable boy, but he wanted to earn money because he cared a lot about his family and changed profoundly, after his debut, into a responsible leader of his band.
Park went on to say that Jae-bum could not continue his singing career any longer and that was why he did not ask him to stay. Park said what mattered the most at this point was not Jae-bum as a 2PM member but as a person, because he needed time to reflect on himself.
Park went on to say that Jae-bum could not continue his singing career anymore and that was why he did not ask him to stay. Park said what mattered the most at this point was not Jae-bum as a 2PM member but as a personality, because he needed time to reflect on himself. (KBS)