Apparently not yet satisfied with the epic mess he has created, Core Contents Media CEO Kim Kwang Soo has decided to make everything even worse with his dumbass decision making and lack of public awareness.
On July 31st, he was interviewed by Star News where he revealed that he met with the parents of Hwayoung and Hyoyoung and asked reporters to only report the facts for their sake.
He expressed, “After checking with T-ara’s backdancer team, I was able to confirm that the post claiming to be T-ara’s backdancer was indeed false, as with the content. The reason I terminated Hwayoung’s contract yesterday was because of her tendency to act out, such as refusing to perform on a live broadcast. The decision was made as a reflection of the opinions of T-ara’s staff. However, I believe that this decision will better aid Hwayoung in becoming a better artist.”
I still don’t understand why he’s continuing down this road. Maybe he’ll force them to eventually cave to come back or whatever else, but nobody will ever believe the shit he’s spewing ever again.
He continued, “Like I said yesterday, this decision has nothing to do with the bullying rumors going around. Because of the haters that are spreading rumors, the situation has taken a route of its own. These hateful lies are continuing to spread online, which is only making it harder for T-ara and Hwayoung.”
I’ve said this on Twitter, but I still don’t believe the primary villain in this drama are the T-ara members. I think they probably didn’t like Hwayoung much or they may have isolated her, but there’s not much to suggest that they actively bullied her.
To me, CCM and KKS have manipulated the situation from the beginning and have handled it with absolute incompetence, which has thus far only exacerbated the negative feelings of everybody from fans to antis to the general public.
Core Contents Media further emphasized, “We ask that all articles in relation to T-ara be confirmed through our company before they are released on the internet.”
So you can control them? That’s not how journalism works, you fuck.
Then again, it’s not like the Korean media are doing their jobs either, as they are apparently occupied making articles out of complete speculation so they can feed the sheep who are eagerly waiting with open mouths.
Later, in yet another genius move by Kim Kwang Soo, he tried to blame Jiyeon‘s past controversies on Hwayoung.
According to an industry insider, there was an incident that took place back in 2010 where Hwayoung did not oblige with T-ara’s manager who asked the girls to prepare for their stage performance.
This brewed some quarrel amongst the girls, and Hyomin who grew tired of her attitude gave Hwayoung a piece of her mind, but Hwayoung reportedly refused to listen to Hyomin as well. Fellow member Jiyeon who was observing the situation also stepped up to say something to Hwayoung, causing the two to begin arguing. Following the fight with Hwayoung, Jiyeon was then unable to properly focus on stage, and the way the camera captured Jiyeon made it seem as though she had an attitude problem.
Here’s the thing, chances are solid that Jiyeon had nothing to do with any of this. It’s likely that KKS is just trying to maneuver his way out of the clusterfuck he created, albeit without class.
The main problem? By involving other group members, members that the public have already decided they hate, all he’s doing is bringing further hate on the idols themselves. From a PR perspective, it’s insanely fucking stupid.
Kim Kwang Soo is seriously the worst fucking spokesperson for their integrity that I could ever imagine.
Then there was the accusation that Jiyeon slapped Hwayoung, supposedly made by a back-up dancer.
“There is not a single report on file relating to Core Contents Media or T-ara,” said the police department. “The various reports saying that [CCM] has reported this to the cyber investigative squad is false.”
The alleged false report, according to CCM, involved a self-described former back-dancer for T-ara, who revealed that group member Jiyeon had slapped fellow member Hwayoung on one occasion.
Not gonna defend the T-ara members, but Kim Kwang Soo is proving to be the worst person involved in all of this shit to me.
Everybody is focusing on the artists themselves, but he has turned this situation from something that could have been dealt with into a snowball of hate that’s rolling downhill at an incredible rate.