This is a full translation of the article that is deleted within (an estimated) 30 minutes after it was posted. Apparently, TS was in contact with the reporter that wrote the article, hence the availability of quotes in the article. Please read the full translation of the article below.
[TITLE: THE CHICKEN
GAME BETWEEN THE AGENCY AND B.A.P’S FANS]
B.A.P’s world tour is
opening soon. The fans declare a boycott and express objection towards the
concert (T/N: Seoul Boom; context for Babyz’ reference: Boycott Camp wants to
boycott Seoul Boom to lead to cancellation of the Seoul Boom concerts as well
as the rest of the Party Baby World Tour). TS Entertainment’s position is that
they will not back down because concert cannot be cancelled with the confirmation
of plans and contracts for concerts in place, hence it is impossible for
cancellation. The situation of the intense polarised spate (between the agency
and the fans) is being played out right now.
released through the B.A.P’s official channel to inform fans of a world tour
that will start with the concerts in Seoul. The Seoul concerts will be held at
the Blue Square Samsung Card Hall over three days starting on 24 March and the
world tour is coordinated now with USA and Europe to happen afterwards. In the
concert poster, an exciting party atmosphere is seen with logos and neon signs
reminiscent of a club to reveal a scene of exciting fun and exciting
performances by the members.
Contrary to the
poster’s enjoyable time with the members, fans’ reactions were the opposite.
Via SNS platforms (T/N: Twitter), fans expressed their sentiments with the
hashtag #2017_BAP월드투어_반대, which is now part of the
boycott campaign that’s ongoing right now. There has even been a portal site
petition page that has been opened for the campaign. Campaigners are worried
about the tight and taxing schedule that the members have to digest after going
on many tours after their 2012 debut, with the Pacific Tour in 2013 Summer, the Arena
Tour in 2013 Winter, the Continent Tour in 2014 Summer, the World Tour in 2016,
the Japan Tour in 2017 January, and even the upcoming 2017 Party Baby World
Another question that
fans have is of Yongguk’s health—on sick leave due to the diagnosis of his
panic disorder—and his participation in the concerts and in the world tour. In
the past year’s second full length album NOIR’s promotions for ‘Skydive’, he
was even too unwell to participate in the promotions, thus it is doubted
whether he is well enough to join the upcoming tour. The conclusion is that it
is fans’ wish to see a stop to the abuse of ‘our oppas’ with unreasonable
The agency is put in
a difficult spot by the fans’ boycott. It is said that the plans for the tour
cannot be made without the discussion with members, and members have also
shared the official post of the world tour on their own SNS accounts to express
their wish to go through with the plans; hence this is the current stand. In
response to the charge of unreasonable schedule, it is expressed that “after
last November’s promotions for Skydive, members already had a 2-week break” and
this has been discussed with the members. With regards to the lack of domestic
activities for B.A.P, TS expressed that “a new album is about to be released
before the world tour and it is in the pipelines for B.A.P to promote it on
Music Shows” as explanation. It is also speculated/ hinted that in the new
album, the voice of Bang Yong Guk who is resting now will be heard.
As such, right now the agency and the fans are in a
tense standoff. The agency that refuses to give any explanation or response to
fans wants to tide over the controversy of being labelled as ‘bad’, and from
the standpoint of the agency, fans are putting on a show of tyranny. Whether it
will be a performance that has no fans, or the disadvantage of cancelling the
performance, either outcome will be B.A.P’s tragedy.
(Personal side note: While I’m not in the boycott camp, I felt slighted and mocked when the reporter used terms like fans are worried about the abuse of “our oppas”. In addition, it starts to look like a report in favour of TS when the quotes start coming up, which made babyz’ concerns seem unreasonable and uncalled for. Also, most importantly, the fact that TS thinks that having 2 weeks break after promoting Skydive means B.A.P can have a killer world tour schedule from March till god-knows-which-month tells me that TS has no common sense and is not listening or reading our concerns, which is the killer tour schedule and not whether B.A.P gets vacation breaks or not. For instance, sleeping 72 hours straight does not mean that you can work for 123456 days straight. So resting for 2 weeks last December doesn’t mean that one can store that rest like a camel stores water and overwork in future. In addition, promoting on Music Shows for only around 2 weeks before going on tour is not doing the new album justice nor is it really answering to our call for more domestic activities. TS is not answering anything at all. Last but not least, the very last line is immensely saddening. It is also precisely why I champion for the middle ground camp. Why doesn’t anyone see it like I do.)
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Illustrated by Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez, Jane transposes our heroine to the modern era, where she’s an art student who has finally left her small fishing town for the bright lights of New York City. Soon, she realizes that the city and her talented peers are more intimidating than she expected, so Jane gets a nannying job to earn extra money. But the comfort that job provided grows thin when she starts falling for her young charge’s father, Rochester — a wealthy man with a dark secret.
Join us in sending emails to TS Entertainment.
(on top of the many tweets that I’m sure many of us have sent so far, since 2 February last week)
Please stay polite and refrain from any antagonistic remarks. This is what I sent recently. As long as it is not fixed in stone (the schedules ㅠㅠ), let’s try to knock some sense through TS’s seemingly pretty thick skull. We need to combat this stubbornness, let them see that we are trying to improve things for B.A.P but also not disadvantaging them in any way.
Should you wish to write to TS, this is just a sample for your reference. Should you be jaded and prefer to sit out of this one, I understand. Should you want to boycott the world tour, I really sincerely hope you don’t hurt B.A.P by gifting them an empty concert hall to sing to.
Alright everyone K.Dot. No. Kendrick Lamar. No. KUNG FU KENNY (that sounds about right) has touched back down on earth and dropped a new work of art onto us. Not in the same theme of his last Effort “To Pimp A Butterfly” of black consciousness in today’s political and social climate, it is still a beautiful work of art nonetheless. What’s this new Kung Fu Kenny like? This album is all packaged up to have these following ingredients: Power, Poison, Pain and Joy. This is a whole new sound for Kendrick its more modern upbeat music, but the message is still there.
The Upsides: You know what you’re getting from Kung Fu Kenny when it comes to a project. This project added in a new realm to Kendrick’s discography. Kendrick has a great way of releasing singles that play a larger part into a movie of an album. Once more Kendrick is growing right in front of our eyes. Rapping over hard gritty beats with his signature voice.
The Downsides: Lets see what we can find here to say is negative. We here at the doctrine love this album. Yet, kendrick seems to be finding new ways to be having fun with his music. Anytime you think Kendrick is finally going down one actual path and you’re grooving. It’ll change.
Take a walk through Kendrick’s life and what was his most intimate fears at the ages of 7, 17, and 27. 3 verses that let you into the mind of Kendrick and maybe just even into inner city youth of America?
Age 7 Kendrick: “I beat yo ass, you better not run to your father.
Seven years old, think you run this house by yourself?
Nigga, you gon’ fear me if you don’t fear no one else”
Age 17 Kendrick: “I’ll prolly die anonymous.
I’ll prolly die because these colors are standin’ out
I’ll prolly die from one of these bats and blue badges
Body slammed on black and white paint, my bones snappin’
I’ll prolly die ‘cause that’s what you do when you’re 17”.
Age 27 Kendrick: “The shock value of my success put bolts in me
All this money, is God playin’ a joke on me?
Is it for the moment, and will he see me as Job?
Take it from me and leave me worse than I was before?
At 27, my biggest fear was losin’ it all
Scared to spend money, had me sleepin’ from hall to hall
Scared to go back to Section 8 with my mama stressin”
Pairing: Joshua x Reader (Joshua Pre-Debut) Genre: Fluff
Summary: You needed a Korean tutor, ASAP and Joshua was willing to teach you. A/N: I barely started stanning SEVENTEEN so bare with me. ALSO can we please talk about HIGHLIGHT? “I’m like a bird!!”
You were accepted to your dream college, KAIST. It was an international college and had a terrific STEMS program that you wanted to study. You had a full ride, graduating top in your class. You thought that moving to Korea would be easy. It was one of your biggest dreams and just thinking of living there made your heart flutter. You anticipated the cultural foods and environment. But it wasn’t easy. You hardly knew the language.
Even though you attended an international university. It was hard when you bumped into a local. You found yourself dependent on the foreigner students. Even your roommate was local. She knew english but her accent was bad, you could barely understand what she was saying.
The college obviously offered Korean classes but your tuition didn’t cover that class and you’d have to pay out of pocket. It was very pricey so you had to find an alternative.
“Y/N!” One of your college friends, Emily, also a foreigner, called out to you as soon as you walk out of your dormitory. You hug your body as soon as you came in contact with the harsh cold air. You smile despite how cold it was to even move. “What’s up?”
“Are you busy? Do you have a class?” She had a smile on her face as usual. Her facial expression boosted your mood and you answered, “No. I was going to walk around, get some air.” You both laughed because you knew it was too cold to get air.
“Well I wanted to invite you to have coffee with me and a few friends. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know people.” She shoved her hands in her pocket and you didn’t hesitate to answer. “Sure, why not?” “Great! Let’s go!” You follow her lead to her car.
Getting to know a variety of people was crucial in college. It was the main aspect.
You and Emily pull up to a very popular cafe and make your way inside. You walk in and you can hear all the chatter and smell the coffee in the air. You were so used to the smell and the taste,you didn’t even want anything. “There they are!” Emily pointed out a group of people. They were 2 males and a female. You could tell they spoke Korean from their conversation.
You both walk over to the table and you can see familiar faces. Some of them were in some of your classes. “Hey guys, this is Y/N.” Emily points to you. “Anyeonghaseyo!” You politely bow but they giggle playfully, including your friend. “We speak english silly.” One of them said. You blush in embarrassment. You were so proud of your pronunciation and you were so confident. You wanted to run and hide under your sheets. “I’m sorry.” You look down. “It’s fine, it was cute.” You made eye contact with Joshua. You knew him from your material science class. His IQ was humanly impossible. You never spoke to him but he just complimented you. You glance at him once more before looking away and blushing even harder.
Emily hints you to take a seat, so you do, across from the people you embarrassed yourself in front of. “This is Vernon, Ji-Hye, and Joshua.” Emily introduced you properly. The smile and you return the gesture. “What do you major in?” Vernon asked. “Material Science.” You answer, avoiding contact with Joshua because you two never spoke in that class. It was awkward to meet outside of school.
“She’s in my material science class.” Joshua smiles at you. You find it only polite to smile back. “That’s cool! How come you guys haven’t properly met then?” Ji-Hye adds which was unfortunately more awkward for you both. You found it only right to be honest and relaxed.
“I was intimidated by your IQ. You always seem busy, so I didn’t think to waste your time.” You answer to Joshua rather than Ji-Hye. Joshua laughs and you weren’t sure if you should too. “Am I really intimidating? I’m sorry.” You laugh as well and feel like weight has been lifted from your shoulders from your confession.
“We were waiting for you guys to come before we ordered. We’re going to order now, do you want anything?” Vernon asked as everyone but you stood. “No thank you.” You couldn’t even look at coffee right now. “I’m good.” Joshua smiled at them and remained seated.
This left you and Joshua at the table alone.
“To be completely honest, I’ve always wanted to talk to you. You seemed so cool when you broke the beaker with that experiment last week.” Joshua brought up your accident you regretted so much. You added too much of chemical and made a slight explosion. You were so embarrassed.
“Oh god, don’t bring that up.” You laugh. “It was hysterical.”
“I never felt more embarrassed in my life.” You shake your head. “So how’s Korea treating you?” He rests his chin on his hands. “It’s great! I just, really struggle with the language. And right now, I can’t afford classes at the university.”
Joshua’s head pops up. “I can teach you! From hangul to everything.” He volunteered himself. “Are you serious? That’d be amazing.” You were happy to finally find an awesome alternative. You’ve always wanted to learn more and you were more than willing to.
“When can we start?” You asked.
“How’s Saturdays at 12?” Joshua questioned. You thought about your schedule before you answered. You had no after life after school. All your classes were on weekdays. “Sounds good! But are you sure it isn’t a bother?” You didn’t want to be a bug to Joshua.
“It’s fine, I promise! I have nothing to do anyways.” He smiles reassuringly. Your friends come back with their drinks and you all become closer over conversation.
It was your last class and it was materials science with Joshua. Your science class this whole week consisted of preparation for an experiment. You were slightly scared because you didn’t want to make a mistake like you did last experiment. “Today we pick partners and we’ll start the first half of the lab. Make sure you pick wisely people.” The professor gave the class some time to choose partners.
Before, you would choose anyone. It didn’t matter. But now that you’ve gotten closer to Joshua, you were hoping he’d ask you first. You didn’t want to force it, make a mistake, and lower his grade in the class.
“You down Y/N?” Joshua looked over to you and it was like he read your mind. You smile an nodded and made your way over to his station. “Are you sure? I might break a beaker again.” You laugh and so did he. “It would at least make this class less boring.”
Your professor went over the safety and procedures. And you paid so much attention because you did’t want to mess anything up. As soon as the professor finished and left you loose to begin, you were so focused. “You’ll be the script?” Joshua asked. “Sure.” You were relieved you didn’t have to do the mixing and measuring. “Are we still down for tomorrow?” He asked as he prepared the chemicals. “Yes of course. At the same cafe?” You watched him closely. “Yep. 12pm sharp.”
You woke up at 11am, slightly shocked. You knew it took you a long time to get ready. You had showered last night so all you had to do was dress. You couldn’t help but think of this as a date. You felt as if the dress code expectations were high. You dressed warmly in jeans, a thick oversized sweater, and your favorite combat boots. You loosely curled your hair and applied eye make up and lip gloss.
“Where are you going?” Your roommate asked. “I have tutoring for Korean. We’ll be able to communicate so much.” You smile at her and she returns the gesture.
You check your phone and it was 11:30am. You grabbed your coat and scarf as you bidded your roommate goodbye. You debated if you should walk in the cold or take a bus. Taking the bus or taxi required to speak Korean and you didn’t feel like struggling - so you walked.
You made it to the cafe and you see Joshua waiting for you. It made your heart flutter a little just examining him as he was focused on his phone. You couldn’t feel this way after only a week. It isn’t right. Him waving to you caused you to snap out of your thought. You smile and walk over to him. You sit next to him and you could see how he came prepared. He brought paperback textbooks and pencils.
“Hey! It’s cold! You should’ve worn a thicker coat!” You look at your coat and you literally picked the thinnest one. “I’m okay.” You take it off and get comfortable. “You really came prepared.”
“Well, I know how you feel. I remember when I came, I was so eager to learn Korean. And these text books are amazing. You’ll be able to speak Korean fluently in no time.” Joshua selects a specific textbook and you push your hair behind your ears, eager to learn.
As Joshua tutored you it was quite fun. He laughed a little when you mispronounced words, or how horrible your handwriting was in hangul. But you actually learned some new things and you enjoyed Joshua as your tutor.
“Okay! I think we did enough for today!” He clapped his hands together. It was already 2pm. “Wow it’s already two.” You slide your phone back in your pocket and help pick up the clutter on the table. “You can take the text books so you can practice.” Joshua hands you 3 of the books. “Are you sure?” You were surprised, he was even sacrificing his free time to tutor you. “Yeah go ahead. I obviously don’t need them.” He reassured you. “Thank you.” “We can walk back together since we’re going to the same place.” Joshua stood up and you nod. The walk back was laughter which you needed from soaking in so much information in 2 hours. As soon as you both reach campus, Joshua walked you to your dormitory. You both stopped in front of the doors because boys weren’t allowed in.
“Hey do you want to maybe go get something to eat tonight?” You were taken aback from his question. Was he asking you on a date? You? Joshua who was chased by many girls asked you?
“Sure! What time?” You played it cool.
“Is 7 okay?” He put his hands in his jeans pocket which let you know he was shy. You held in your giggle.
“That sounds good.” You smiled. “Great! I’ll pick you up right here.” Joshua smiled and left you with a problem.
It’d probably take you all day to figure out what to wear. And you’d be itching of curiosity if he asked you out because he’s hungry and want to eat with you, or if he really wants this to be a date. —
A/N: Should I make a second part? I see a lot of potential for this storyline (: