In the midst of everything surrounding former AOA member Mina, FNC Entertainment has been remarkably quiet in terms of explanations or much of anything, and many speculated that they were telling the AOA members to keep quiet. Yesterday they confirmed that, and essentially further said that they would not be speaking out until things settled.
We are sincerely apologetic about causing concern with the many unfortunate matters related to AOA, and we apologize for causing great worry and inconvenience. Above all, we hope that Kwon Mina, who is going through a difficult time, will quickly recover her health, and we extend a deep apology. We apologize for the delay of the agency’s statement. We also deeply apologize for failing to have carefully taken care of the relationship between the members. We have contemplated and hesitated several times about clearly delivering the agency’s stance on this matter. The members have also been spending the days with frustration over the criticism and misunderstandings about them. We have also been well aware of the fact that there is a lot of criticism regarding the agency and the members. Though we repeatedly contemplated revealing our stance, we decided that the recovery of Kwon Mina’s health is the current priority. We concluded that explaining and refuting the things that are being said and publicly deciding on what is right and wrong in this situation will only produce more sensational issues and will not contribute to resolving the situation. We have also discouraged the AOA members from making individual statements even though they had wished to. We came to the conclusion that showing each of their statements in front of the public and having fights occur over those statements would not be the right way of resolving the situation. Recently, when Kwon Mina asked the agency’s employees about Shin Jimin’s future plans for activities, we did not respond because Shin Jimin had personally already spoken with the agency to say that she had no intention to be active in the entertainment industry and wanted to live on as a non-celebrity, and we did not wish for it to be needlessly mentioned another time. Regarding the matters mentioned in Kwon Mina’s social media posts, such as payment, we have been strictly abiding by industry standards, and if there is any potential problem, we will take all legal responsibility. Once again, with a sincere heart, we wish for Kwon Mina to quickly recover her health, and we will work hard for a smooth resolution. We ask the public to support and cheer on Kwon Mina so she can return in good health.
I suppose blame or what not can be settled later when things are more stable. But where I’m at for the moment is placing a lot of the environment on FNCE and Jimin due to the inaction and subsequent apologies/withdrawals/corroboration from members. As for the rest of the group, I could see where that gets a bit more complicated in judging a bystander. I don’t think they’re ever gonna be morally in the clear, but there’s a lot of wiggle room in terms of the culture that could certainly mitigate their role for me, so I can wait.
Either way, the priority should be on Mina’s health, obviously. It’s just remarkable how it took FNCE so long to come out with something like this instead of being clearer earlier, as it sure seems like they’re only going this route after Mina continually called them out.