I predict that TVXQ will disband soon courtesy of the actions of SM Entertainment, which is seething with anger over the ruling of the Seoul Central District Court that gave partial victory to Micky, Hero and Xiah.
Faced with a decision that will void the 13-year slave contract that it imposed on TVXQ members, SM is now using all dirty tactics to turn the tables against the three and make them look like greedy artists before the public.
The Seoul court should be commended for issuing a landmark decision that will affect all Korean artists who are suffering from similar slave contracts issued by their agencies.
It’s not easy for the three TVXQ members to sue SM Entertainment, clearly one of the most powerful entertainment agencies in Korea.
But with enough courage and support of their fans, the three members sued SM to gain their freedom and be compensated for their hard work.
Fans who don’t want TVXQ to disband are now in a dilemma because of SM’s evil actions. The problem is, TVXQ will not continue to be popular if the three would be ousted from the group. TVXQ will not be the same if the three members are replaced at this time.
But the three are determined to cut off ties with SM but they are more than willing to continue being TVXQ together with the two other members under a different management.
However, the two remaining members have expressed their support to SM. Under the influence of SM, the two issued a statement of support to their agency.
What will happen now to TVXQ? Despite the court ruling that the three are free pending the final verdict, SM is forcing them to return to its fold by issuing an ultimatum that expires on November 12.
Clearly, SM should be cited in contempt by the Seoul court for wantonly disregarding the initial ruling. The three members, through their lawyers, should ask the Seoul court to punish and fine SM for issuing an ultimatum.
This is clearly a violation of the court ruling and by coercing the three, SM is defying the rule of law.
Other artists who feel that they are under slave contracts should follow suit and file their cases with the court.