Around 2:00 pm on Sept 13, 2000 2PM fans from 2PM’s 64 websites have gathered in front of JYPE building for a silent protest. The number of fans were more than they expected, thus 100 police were put in to prepare for any emergency situation. Silent protest was powerful.
The biggest protest caused by Idol member’s withdrawal was not just a simple riot, but its focus was to send a strong message to JYPE. 2PM fans are wearing a black shirts and a mask that says “Bring (JAEBUM) back”. They’ve shown very well ordered manner just as rule of “No violence, No words, No riot” was posted on Fan café.
In this protest, first, the representative of 2PM’s united fan café read their statement of disagreeing on JAEBUM’s withdrawal. Furthermore, they presented 160,000 people’s petition which were made just in 5 days on Daum Agora.
In their statement, 2PM fan club clarified that “When JAEBUM wrote those things on myspace, he was a trainee who had hard time adjusting to Korean culture. His private words to his best friend were out in press with misinterpretation and misunderstanding which did not consider the cultural differences.
Although he admitted that he made a big mistake and apologized for what he did, he didn’t get a time for reflection.” Fan club also indicated JYPE’s reaction toward this incident. They said “Ignoring fan’s expectation, JYPE didn’t take any action or even made an effort to protect their singer. We cannot approve 2PM without JAEBUM” .
They also showed their strong will of boycotting JYPE’s merchandise, if their demand gets ignored. 1000 fans who attended this protest gathered JYPE’s singers’ CD which they had possessed, and returned all of them in front of JYPE building. Among the protest group, “Sa (four) years, Sa (death) days” poster were catching people’s eyes.
Translation: Kor-Eng by Kirstyn@2pm-Online.com, Coordinator: Cassina@2pm-online.com