T-Ara’s recent incident has become a hot trending topic in Korea. An infamous Korean reporter who has written many editorials on hot issues within the entertainment industry for the column [연예세상 비틀어보기] in Nate news wrote down a recent editorial about T-Ara’s incident.
This editorial comes up with unexpected thoughts. Many netizens got pro and contra with this editorials. So, Jjangers here is the translation of the editorials written by reporter Kim Yong Ho
Hwayoung Was Not Bullied
T-ara’s Hwayoung never once mentioned the word “bullying.” And in reality she was not bullied. Netizens are merely creating evidence of bullying. (Those who seek the truth about such ‘bullying substantiation’ please see the post http://thetaratruth.tumblr.com). Nevertheless, the public now believes “Hwayoung was bullied” as the truth. Why is this? Probably because from the very beginning, many believed in the rumour that there is bullying among girl groups in the entertainment industry. But some activists used what is claimed as ‘substantiation’ to cleverly fabricate stories and to stir up the innocent and trusting public.
The first time I heard about the news of Hwayoung being bullied, I asked “So you’re saying that T-ara’s Hwayoung was bullied”? Because this it not the truth. Recently, I went with T-ara to their Tokyo Concert to gather information, I saw Hwayoung and the other members got along very well. Used in relation to her, the word ‘bullied’ is inappropriate. Born with a beautiful appearance to a relatively well-off family, she grew up lacking nothing. And also with her father’s vibrant support for his daughters to become artists. (Personally finding his way to a large agency company for his twin daughters to become artists, and interfering with CCM with all his might, a father like this, if his daughter really was bullied, would he really stand by and do nothing?)
Of course, because young girls are grouped together in girl groups, issues of envy and jealousy will come up sometimes. (This is true not only with T-ara, but also other girl groups). But to part of the public who are on a witch-hunt against T-ara, these issues were not small conflicts, but collective violence. I can guarantee, such incidents did not, and could not possibly exist. But the public believes that T-ara members are bullies, without a doubt. Therefore, some of the members’ past and private life have also been dragged out into the public for discussion. Even more cunningly, netizens have packaged and claimed their actions on the internet as done to protect the victim Hwayoung from the other members’ violence and bullying.
T-ara is now fully wounded. But the cruel public continues to use their hatefully crafted products (you can see the ‘substantiation’) to mock them. They truly see their own actions as legitimate and just. T-ara’s Hwayoung was not bullied. Even if there was conflict with Hwayoung, the level of intensity and strength compared to the bashing now done to Tara is not even one in a million.
The public only believes what it’s planned to be believed. The more frightening part is that they will never admit or accept any rebuttals to the contrary. Their reaction to this article will probably be, “Oh, he must have received money from Kim Kwngsoo.” But this is not a rebuttal. It is the truth that those who hate T-ara never want to believe.
by Reporter Kim Yong Ho // email@example.com
This editorial gives us a new thoughts to see the ‘T-Ara’s Incident’ in a clearer way. Let’s take it with prudent and be more wise in taking all the issues which come up so fast nowadays. Whatever is it, we always hope the best for T-Ara and the rest of Korean Entertainment Industry right, Jjangers?