“Krystal debuted in f(x) when she was 14. Now she’s soon 21. Years gone and it feels like Krystal lose her childhood of training in SM. So…? To make her happy atleast is to make f(x) popular than before or we will see poor Krystal cry.”
I’ve seen a lot of rhetoric so far about trusting Tao, waiting for Tao’s decision, seeing what Tao really wants. And that’s all well and good. Tao’s opinion is important and we do need to hear it.
But we need to remember that in this situation, it’s not just a matter of what Tao wants. This is not just a “stay with SM or not” decision. I’m sure he’s considering his career, his health, his fans, and his family and I’m sure he’s really feeling the pressure from both his family and from his company. On top of that he’s been injured, overworked and exhausted for God knows how long, which doesn’t contribute to optimal decision making skills. And besides, whatever Tao decides is most certainly going to have a major impact on him personally and professionally.
If Tao decides to leave, that doesn’t mean at all that he doesn’t care about EXO or EXO-Ls or even that he personally wanted to leave. If Tao decides to stay, it most definitely doesn’t mean that SM hasn’t been treating him absolutely terribly and that we have no grounds to criticize them. It also doesn’t mean that his father is wrong in being worried for him.
Basically my point is that it’s not like Tao’s decision is going to clear up this situation one way or another. This seems like it’s going to be a messy situation no matter what, and it sucks. But keep in mind that it’s a lot more complicated than just figuring out what Tao wants, and also keep in mind that in the end, this is not an isolated incident; this is a reflection of the fact that entertainment companies are not treating their idols with any respect and are pushing them to the point where they have to choose between their career and their mental and physical well-being.