The “T-ara Game” is quickly spreading among young students.
On the 16th, on one online community, a post was made with the title “Children are playing the ‘T-ara Game’ and copying their bullying.”
The writer, a 24-year old college student talks about how her niece and her friends are now playing a T-ara inspired game patterned after the bullying scandal of the group. In the post, she explains how her niece plays it.
She said that when she visited her older sister, she saw her niece, a 3rd year elementary student, chatting non-stop on her Kakao Talk. Because of this she became curious so she took a look at her phone and was extremely surprised.
Her niece’s Kakao talk chatting room said “Now since you’re the ‘outcast’, you have to do everything we tell you to.” “Yah! Are you crazy? You’re not replying? Wanna die?”, “You carry my bag tomorrow” and other such posts were contained.
The shocked writer then asked her niece what she and her friends were doing. Her niece replied: “We’re playing the T-ara game. Right now (her friend’s name) is the ‘outcast’.” She further explained that: “You choose one person and make them an outcast like T-ara did.”
The author who was caught off guard asked “Who taught you this kind of game?” The niece replied, “T-ara bullied Hwayoung, you know.”
People who have seen the post have replied: “To children there is nothing but idols…it is really a pity,” “I can’t believe this,” “It’s scary that an ‘outcast’ game has been created,” and other reactions could be seen on the message board.
Although the bullying has not been proven, a lot of unfortunate circumstances has been reported because the issue has blown out of proportion.