JYJ’s Yoochun shared his honest feelings about sasaeng fans in a recent interview with TV Report. The singer/actor that successfully wrapped up his latest drama, “Rooftop Prince,” started off by saying, “Sasaengs are one part of the fans, but it’s hard to understand them anymore.”
“I was able to get to this point because of the fans that supported me for such a long time, with the heart of a mom. Obviously, there have been other types of fans, too. To be honest with you, I don’t think they (sasaengs) are true fans. I’ve tried to understand and accept them as part of the fandom, but it’s been like that for eight years already. Now it’s just too hard to understand them. People tell me it’s part of being a celebrity, and that might be right. But it’s not as easy as you think,” he said.
“But in order to return the love to all the fans that have always supported me, I’m going to do my best to come up with good music, good acting, and a hardworking attitude. Also, I would like to say thank you for always showing love to me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Yoochun’s latest TV drama “Rooftop Prince” aired its finale on May 24, with the best TV ratings among other competitors. He played the dual role of Lee Gak and Yong Tae Yong for the time traveling fantasy drama, creating good chemistry with his female counterpart, Han Ji Min.
[News] ‘The King 2Hearts’ Under Attack for Assumed Reference to Park Yoo Chun and Stalker Fans
Lee Seung Gi has suddenly come under fire on suspicions that he’s dissed Park Yoo Chun in his drama.
After netizens pointed out that a line of dialogue from the April 12 broadcast of MBC’s The King 2Hearts seemed like it was aiming a blow at SBS’ Rooftop Prince, fans of both dramas have been pitched into a battle regarding the line’s original intent.
The dialogue appeared in the scene where Hang Ah (Ha Ji Won) dances to Bo Peep Bo Peep to make the sad Jae Ha (Lee Seung Gi) laugh.
Hang Ah put on cute bear paws to dance out her cute dance, but Jae Ha only started scolding her, saying, “Are you going to hit your stalker fans with those?”
The line, however, seemed to refer to JYJ, Park Yoo Chun’s group, which was involved in an incident in which the members had been accused of using violence against their stalker fans.
The viewer boards of Rooftop Prince were swamped with posts about Lee Seung Gi’s line in The King 2Hearts, asking after the intent of the sudden reference to stalker fans.
Lee Seung Gi’s line probably wasn’t trying to be a direct hit at Park Yoo Chun and Rooftop Prince, but the fans were thoroughly ruffled anyway.
Before the Lee Seung Gi controversy, Lee Si Young started one of her own when she left a post on a DC Inside drama gallery (forum) that said ‘Rooftop Prince will catch up to The King 2Hearts’ and that she’ll ‘bet [her] wrists on it’.
She won’t be having her wrists taken away from her anytime soon because Rooftop Prince recently sprinted past The King 2Hearts, but The King 2Hearts fans have started coming up with movements to watch the drama on time for more viewership ratings, saying they won’t be leaving Lee Si Young’s wrists alone.
The battle between The King 2Hearts and Rooftop Prince is that fierce, and it’s getting more heated by the minute.
The King 2Hearts aired two episodes in a row on April 12, but its viewership ratings have been showing a definite downward trend, falling past those of Rooftop Prince. The King 2Hearts scored 11 percent and 12.5 percent in viewership ratings (AGB Nielsen Media Research) for an average of 11.75 percent on that day. Rooftop Prince, however, is on the rise with 12.5 percent, and KBS2’s The Equator Man is following suit with 10.8 percent.
[OPINION] 111105 Anti Fans And Their Power In The Music Industry
I remember that one of the things that caught my curiosity while falling into the arms of K-Pop was the idols and their anti-fans. I started reading story after story and when I read about DBSK‘s Yunho and the incident of the juice with glue in it, I asked myself, “Why do these people have so much power over the artists they hate?” It is something that up to this day I don’t understand clearly.
First, these people waste time hating K-Pop groups without even having a reasonable argument for that. Secondly, they elaborate plans, websites, manipulate pictures and even gather in groups secretly, to attack the person they hate when their anger towards said artist grows even more. I have seen plenty of websites and even groups on Facebook or Twitter, recalling “Anti SNSD”, “Anti 2NE1″, “Anti Kim Hyun Joong” and even “Anti DBSK”.
Why does this happen? Why so much anger towards a group or person? Just because a group does really well in the industry, it doesn’t mean that you have to hate it and become part of some sort of evil sect to attempt or to even destroy it. Sometimes, fans themselves create these evil monsters. I have read comments in which people get actually sick of X or Y artist just because of their fandom.
These little antis, can be divided in three categories. The first category is the “regular anti.” These anti-fans just comment or say they don’t like certain groups and that’s all. Their intention is to actually hurt the group’s fandom and not to hurt the artist itself. The second category is the “stalker or sasaeng anti-fan.” Here, some fans of a group are actually sasaengs without even hating the group, but why are they considered antis? Because they stalk their artist and cross the limits of a person’s privacy.
There have been cases in which stalkers follow an artist every single day. They spend too much time following them around, getting information of their schedule, and also there have been cases in which they trespass illegally into their dorms, as it happened to JYJ, or writing on their dorm’s walls such it happened on BEAST‘s dorm and Yoseob himself had to clean up the walls, or the case of Super Junior‘s Yesung who caught a fan writing on their dorm’s wall and had to tell her to stop
[Yoseob cleaning BEAST’s dorm wall]
Also, this category of stalkers, tend to check out their idol’s garbage. Some of them are so extreme that they get their idol’s phone number and call them several times at day. This last case happened to DBSK‘s Yunho and it was so stressful that he had to change his number. When he did, the same fan who was calling him non-stop obtained his new number in just five minutes and argued: “Why did you change your number?, that’s not good for you” and hung up.
Some of them, post very disgusting pictures declaring their obsessive love towards their idol without even realizing that it actually is a very sick kind of way to declare their love. One of these crazy girls actually wrote a love letter with the blood from her menstruation, and to prove that it was real, she even sent her panties. This happened to 2PM‘s Taecyeon. Other idols who have received bloody letters are, MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon, FT Island‘s Lee Hongki, Big Bang‘s Taeyang and G-Dragon.
[Taecyeon’s disgusting love letter]
Love letter to Lee Joon: ” Lee Chang sun (Lee Joon’s real name) don’t forget about me. You are everything to me. I love you. Remember that. Soojin”]
[3rd victim of the bloody letters: Lee Hongki. “Lee Hongki, do you know that I love you right?”]
[Letter addressed to Taeyang, scary uh?]
[The last victim of the letters, G-Dragon]
Some others stalkers follow the idol 24/7 and even videotape them. Honestly, the following video made me feel uncomfortable even to watch, in the case of SHINee‘s Jonghyun. He was feeling really awkward, surrounded and being videotaped when he clearly asked them to give him some space.
When these kind of fans break the boundaries imposed by the group’s manager, it gets until the point in which the manager has to react violently. This last happened when CN BLUE‘s manager got into a controversy for being accused of violence against a fan. A similar thing also happened to SHINee’s manager as he was recorded hitting the back of a fan’s head. Some of the group members looked surprised by the violent gesture.
[CNBlue’s manager incident]
[SHINee’s manager incident]
The third category is the dangerous one. These people are so full of nonsensical anger and hate that they actually attempt against the life of the idol they want to destroy. There have been really serious issues of attempting and almost killing an idol. I’m pretty sure that all Cassiopeias remember when Yunho got poisoned with a juice spiked with adhesive glue. After he drank it, he started vomiting blood and had a stomach washout done immediately. After the incident, he dropped all the charges against the person who caused that. Even Kim Heechul, who was really angry about the incident, got threats from Yunho’s antis so he had to stop tweeting about the issue.
This makes me wonder, why are they so afraid of these people? Why are they so afraid of filing charges against their attackers? Shouldn’t they be punished? These anti-fans have gained such a power in the music industry that they can decide or control a person’s destiny. Remember the issue of Jay Park who decided to leave 2PM due to his accusations of being anti-Korean despite the fact that he apologized for it and went back to Seattle? Or the case of Tablo and his Stanford issue in which people were demanding the truth from him? Isn’t that too much?
They have acquired so much power and control over the artists they hate, that it is almost normal for the idols to have antis. They don’t even date and if they do, they date secretly in order to stay safe and away from stalkers and antis. When is this going to stop? Aren’t agencies supposed to do something against these people? To suffer harm from an anti-fan is not nice and we surely don’t want to see our beloved idols being hurt and suffering as it happened to Yoon Eun Hye when she got shot in her eyes by an anti-fan who was holding a water gun full of soy sauce and vinegar
The latest case was of Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun who was threatened while being on vacation in Spain by, what SM Entertainment said, “strange guy” who had a knife in his hands. Kyuhyun reacted quickly and was able to run.
I honestly think that this anti-fan thing should stop. There’s no reason to harm another person or to make them impossible to lead a normal life. They already have too many things and schedules to deal with so I think there’s no need of another living terror called “antis.”
Note: The content of this article represents views and policies solely of the writer, and in no way represents the editorial stance of Soompi.com or the whole editorial board.
I like to go running outside when it rains, does that count?
(Doo Joon, 110726, 8.42pm KST) I want to play soccer in the rain just once….. People who haven’t done that before may think I’m weird but anyone who’s done it at least once will undestand me… Hands up who understands how I feel??!
(Junsu, 110727, 1.02am KST) @BeeeestDJ Here~~~
Hope you had fun Junsu~
(Junsu, 110728, 11.18pm KST) A big thank you to all the people who came to film with us today~~ I got off stage without greeting you all because I thought we’d be filming together again ㅠ When I was ready to greet you, it looked like another scene was being filmed so I couldn’t, and I’m sorry for sending you all home without a proper goodbye^^ Anyway, you all worked so hard on a rainy day~ Jjang (T/N:You’re awesome)!
Hwaiting to both Min Young Ki and Junsu
(Young Ki, 110728, 11.22pm KST) @0101xiahtic I see, you couldn’t come with Kyung Jong because you were filming, right?? Great job and I’ll make sure to watch the drama – Hwaiting^^
(Junsu, 110728, 11.26pm KST) @poimin73 Hwaiting to you and The Three Musketeers~~^^
(Young Ki, 110728, 11.28pm KST) @0101xiahtic Thanks^^ If your schedule’s too packed for you to come, come watch it at Seongnam in November^^ Come watch when you can make room in your schedule.. Do well in your photoshoot and music video, hwaiting^^
I love these random pic spams X) and wooo rice wreaths~
(Jaejoong, 110729, 7.26pm KST) JiJi makes an appearance http://yfrog.com/h86b5yoj
(Jaejoong, 110729, 7.27pm KST) So does YoYo http://yfrog.com/kiw2iuvj
(Jaejoong, 110729, 7.30pm KST) Tada http://yfrog.com/klgz0fdj
(Jaejoong, 110729, 9.56pm KST) Thank you so much for the precious “rice” you all gave at the press conference! Hwaiting “Protect the Boss”! Hwaiting to you all^^ http://yfrog.com/kjr8snyj
(Jaejoong, 110729, 11.22pm KST) I should go to bed now! Hwaiting tomorrow too! Cool sunglasses~ http://yfrog.com/kjk9flwj
Infinite Challenge~ If only Junsu could make an appearance..
(Junsu, 110730, 12.03pm KST) Infinite Challenge hwaiting~!!^^
(Junsu, 110730, 12.08pm KST) I’ll be rowing with you, at least in my heart!!!^^
Are those a pair from yesterday’s photo? *suddenly reminded of vampires* teehee
(Jaejoong, 110730, 12.25pm KST) The weather’s nice~~ I really like it when the sun shines like this! http://yfrog.com/kl9z5xbj
I’ve never condoned the behavior of Sasaengs and never will *sigh*
(Jaejoong, 1:50pm KST) The groups of sasaeng taxis have increased. I guess the number of drivers who lack the qualms of conscience and the number of pitiful children will rise as well. The drivers will earn big money with this hell of a business while the children who get into these taxis will uselessly use up their money and time to take away the time and freedom of the people they like.
(Jaejoong, 1:57pm KST) Isn’t this a little overboard and distasteful to be something that a person has to endure as a star..? Is it normal for a person to have to be wary of others and be in hiding like some criminal for the past seven years just to eat, work, take a break or even enter one’s house? Stop it, you’ve done more than enough (T/N: The literal translation is ‘You’ve had a lot to eat, haven’t you?’ and is slang that comes from the province of Gyeongsangnamdo). Let me concentrate on my work and let me sleep, you scoundrels