The article entitled Letter of (Almost Resignation) Final Confessions, Part 3 written by Jimmie Kim, who is affiliated with the JYJFiles, is an interesting one. You will find it on this website.
There are several key points in this article that are valid and I believe that you can note those as you read. I will address a statement that was made that I believe needs clarification. The reference was to English-speaking websites that view JYJ and other K-Pop singers/dancers as sex objects. I understand the reference and will go on record as saying that ,yes, this does exist, but does not exist across the board. There are many sites that exhibit respect for Korean artists and Korea as a nation. This site is an example.
I personally do have a sense of honor, and I will address issues of sensuality or sexuality as they occur. One example would be the recent choreography to “Before You Go” by HoMin/TVXQ. This is a beautiful song–but the choreography is embarrassing ,and ,in my opinion, over the top. This is not new. The original TVXQ had torchy choreography and lyrics over time as well. This is a result of the demands of the industry, but also just facing a fact of life–these artists are young people with hormones. Pure and simple.
That doesn’t make them bad people–it simply showcases their humanness.
Where the dilemma lies is in the fact that companies and artists can refuse to go there. They can choose to keep their gestures, choreography, and intentions pure for the public.. Would this make sales drop? Perhaps–because some fans are motivated by outside admiration only. The artists become objects of desire and their worth as human beings deserving respect is diminished. However, it is also possible that adhering to moral principles can also attract a different type of fan. One who is motivated by the music, talent, and inner personality of the artists involved. This is where I live.
I choose not to buy objectionable material, but I also choose to give the artist room to grow. I am a praying person, and I choose to pray for them, not to judge them. I make mistakes every day. I cannot judge others, but I can pray that they will respect themselves as well as the fans. I also pray that the fans will respect themselves and subsequently relay the message to the artists.
I have a love for JYJ, HoMin and other artists as well that transcends their stage personalities. I am more interested in their personalities off stage than on.
So–what I am saying here? As people we have to decide whether we have a moral code that governs our actions, especially in the public view. This dilemma extends to many entertainment areas including Hollywood, Bollywood, and other industries like it. If the fandom did not support or demand that the artists sing, dance, act, or perform erotically, perhaps it would not be as prevalent a phenomena in the industry as it presently is. I agree that there is abuse, lack of respect, and lack of sensitivity for artists. The question is how do we solve this social dliemma? Momma Cha
Credit: Momma Cha @jyjfantalk.com