You’d think everybody would know better by now.
JYJ had their suit settled with SM Entertainment and they couldn’t get back on television. JYJ had their suit settled with Avex and they still couldn’t get back on TV. And that’s after years and years of constant cockblocking. Each time it was seen as progress or the end of all the nonsense, and each time the status quo prevailed.
Then, just recently, the FTC decided to take action against SME and friends to get them to stop blacklisting JYJ. Finally, right? Hope.
Well, it’s not just SME that’s going down fighting, as KBS‘s statement reads like a masterclass in answering a question without saying anything.
KBS stated on their official homepage, “As we understand it, The Fair Trade Commission’s sanction is directed towards SM Entertainment, the ‘Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industry (KFPCAI)’, and the organizations and companies that make up the KFPCAI. Also, the possibility of artists’ broadcast appearances are determined by the individual programs’ coordinators. Actors and singers will be invited according to the individual program’s needs.”
Same shit, different words.
The powers that be will fight this tooth-and-nail to the end by the sounds of things, even if it’s generally pointless for them, just so that when JYJ eventually prevails, they’re hoping it’ll be more of a Pyrrhic victory than anything else.
That way they can squash future ‘rebellions’ before they even start. Makes me wonder if all this is really closer to a resolution or if it’s just the next dog-and-pony show that carries on for years.