This has been a shitty year for kpop. Yes, the music’s been pretty good, but the scandals… not so good. This will be me listing five of the biggest things that have happened in kpop this year, and giving you my thoughts on them. Yes, I will probably have missed some scandal that you think is more important, but since there has been so many, you really can’t blame me. So here we go! In the order of their occurrence, here are the five biggest (maybe, the year still isn’t done with) scandals in kpop this year!
Kris Leaving EXO
SM is one messed up company, and this year has proven that. I first heard about Kris leaving while on a school trip when one of my friends, who wasn’t on the trip, texted me to ask if I’d heard, and if it was true. I, and another friend who was with me, immediately took to the internet, and found out that yes, indeed, Kris had filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment. We were floored, and we still kind of are. I wasn’t around during JYJ and Hangeng’s lawsuits, so this is the first real kpop lawsuit I’ve experienced.
In my mind, EXO will always be twelve. I’ll always miss Kris, and selfishly wish for him to come back to us. But I’m glad he’s doing what he wants to do. SM must be one shitty company to work for, and I guess Kris decided that it isn’t worth it. That doesn’t make him any stronger nor any weaker than the rest of the members that stayed, he just chose differently. It was a little mean to the other members to leave right before their first big concert, but I’m sure he had his reasons.
I stand firmly on Kris’s side, and on the side of the remaining members. This isn’t a war where we have to choose a side, this is just a case of people prioritizing differently. Kris decided that the perks of being under SM weren’t worth the hardships, while the other members decided that they were. Nothing more.
Baekhyun and Taeyeon Dating
Dating scandals are the most ridiculous scandals of all. Yes, it might feel like a disappointment that your bias isn’t dating you, I get that. When my ultimate bias Jonghyun was caught dating Shin Se Kyung, I was far from happy. But I didn’t bash him whatsoever, and I didn’t bash her either. Did I secretly hate her a little because she got what I wanted? Yes. But I did nothing that could hurt either one of them. So when people react to dating scandals like whiny rude babies, it pisses me off.
If Baekhyun and Taeyeon are dating, good for them! Baekhyun always said that Taeyeon was his ideal type, so if he managed to snag his ideal girl, that means there’s hope for us all! Except that he’s also a super attractive kpop star… Sigh.
There’s something fishy about this dating scandal though. It was revealed quickly after Kris’s departure, and SM didn’t even try to deny it. Taeyeon was the fourth of the Girls’ Generation members to go public with a relationship, so that’s not very surprising. But SM not even trying to deny that one of the absurdly popular EXO boys is dating? And that quickly after debut? That’s suspicious if you ask me. I’m not sure if Taeyeon and Baekhyun are dating, and SM just decided to confirm it at a good time so people would forget about the lawsuit they were facing, or if it’s all just a sham. Either way, I hope they’re happy. Baekhyun and Taeyeon that is, not SM.
Kim Hyun Joong’s Assault Case
Kim Hyun Joong assaulted his girlfriend. There’s no doubt about it now, since he has admitted it himself. And that pisses me off. Even if it was only that one time, as he claims, that’s still one time too many. Hitting a partner, or anyone for that matter, is just something you don’t do. I’ve been a huge fan of Kim Hyun Joong ever since I watched Boys Over Flowers (the second drama I ever watched) and this makes me feel so stupid. Because I thought he was better than this! I thought he was someone very close to my ideal type, and I feel cheated on.
This does not mean that I’ll never look at Kim Hyun Joong again though. Yes, it is hard for me to look at him or listen to his music right now, but if he takes whatever punishment he gets and takes it well, I’ll start thinking about forgiving him. Almost everyone deserves a second chance, and so does he. I’m going to have to stay mad at him for a while more though, I’m nowhere near the forgiving stage.
Ladies’ Code’s Car Accident
This is the most traumatic thing that’s happened in kpop this year, maybe ever, and it’s something I’ve already written a little about. It’s something none of us truly believed could happen, and when it did, I think it hit us all hard, no matter if we were big fans of Ladies’ Code or not. The kpop world lost two lovely girls, and the entire kpop fandom (except for some really shitty people) came together to mourn them. It was really a beautiful thing to see. I was never a huge fan of Ladies’ Code, and especially didn’t know EunB and Rise well at all, yet their deaths hit me hard. May they rest in peace, may we think of them with joy instead of with grief, and may the kpop industry learn from this.
Jessica Leaving Girls’ Generation
This is the most recent bomb to hit the kpop community, and it still hasn’t really sunk in for me. It seems that Jessica had been planning to quit as a member of Girls’ Generation next spring, but the company thought that she was too focused on her personal life and decided to kick her out now. Those personal affairs seem to be mainly the start of her own fashion line, but there might also be a wedding coming up.
Jessica was my first ever kpop bias, so watching her leave is not easy at all for me. Just as with Kris though, I’ll be standing firm both on Jessica’s side, and on the side of the remaining members. It might very well be so that Jessica prioritized other things over being a member of Girls’ Generation, but I don’t think that makes it okay for SM to kick her out without any notice. I hope she does get married to this Tyler Kwon figure, if that’s what she wants, and then starts an amazing fashion line, and her own entertainment company. That would be ideal. And then Hangeng, JYJ and Kris can come join. And Heechul can defect and come help. And SHINee should come too, just so that they’ll get away from the madness that is SM. They’re one of the few groups under SM that haven’t lost any members, and I mean to keep it that way! And Tyler Kwon with all his money and power seems quite the perfect husband for Jessica if we want this all to work out. So stop denying that you’re getting married and just do it already!
There you have it! I was asked to give my opinion on the whole Jessica situation, so I did. And since I didn’t know what to write today, I decided to turn that into a list, albeit a very short one. Let me know what you think about these different scandals, and about kpop scandals in general!
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