Yixing and EXO
Note: typed on phone so sorry for typos and caps, idk how to bold
This is another rant that I have. There have been many ugly ot8 fans resurfacing after finding out Yixing can’t promote with EXO. And even some ot9 fans have started doubting Yixing.
All I have to say is there is nothing you can do right now since we don’t know what’s happening. Therefore, we have two options - we can either choose to doubt Yixing, or choose to believe in him.
If we choose to doubt, we choose the easy way out. It’s easier because there is no dedication to this decision, no trust needed, and that’s boneless of us to do so, if we choose not to believe him.
If we choose to believe him, it will be difficult, but absolutely rewarding if our trust isn’t let down. If we choose to believe in Yixing, we choose to give him strength - WE BECOME HIS SUPPORT, HIS PILLAR, HIS WALL.
Because any person’s motivation is strengthened by support, trust and love. If we doubt Yixing, even if he promised us he’d stay, staying will be a difficult thing for him to do. If we support him, he will be stronger and then it will be easier for him too.
Our duty, as EXO’s fans, as EXO L, the connection between EXO K and EXO M, is to bring them together. We’re not here to break them apart of separate them, we’re the link that keeps them together. Even though technically they are one now, arguably Yixing is the only Chinese member left and we do not want him to drift apart from us. But I’d say, considering how much Yixing cares about EXO and us, that we’re two of the main reasons why he stayed. If he leaves, if he’s separated and forcibly pushed away by ugly ot8 fans, then those who do so cannot be EXO Ls, don’t even deserve to be one because EXO Ls are the connection between M and K. This is why ot8 fans aren’t EXO Ls, because they deliberately separate Yixing from the others.
Next, let’s look at Yixing’s character for all who are beginning to doubt him. If you know him, you know he is a truthful, loyal, brave and GENUINE person. He will not give in to the age hierarchy, as seen in Go Fighting season 1 episode 2, when he outright criticized the oldest member for cheating his trust, and got too much criticism for it. He will be loyal to those who he believes he owes - when Luhan left, he publicly expressed his support for his brother, EVEN IF IT MEANS EXPOSING HIMSELF TO UGLY OT8 FANS LIKE HE STILL IS NOW. He remembers all those who helped him, constantly publicly expressing his friendship with Luhan because Luhan had helped him during predebut days. He remembers who he owes, constantly showing that he is Lee Soo Man’s biggest fan. Yixing will not forget where he came from, who made him like this today, and that is SM, no matter how shitty SM may treat him. He has rejected many offers by China agencies, that give him more opportunities to expand his popularity AND has higher pay, all because he chose to stay. In his individual career in China, he CONSTANTLY shows support for EXO, CONSTANTLY mentions EXO, CONSTANTLY reminds everyone that he’s a part of EXO. He doesn’t forget his brothers, doesn’t forget that EXO is a huge part of his success in China today. All these qualities of Yixing, he has shown COUNTLESSLY no matter how HARD and DIFFICULT it is for him, no matter how much controversy he has to face, because that’s who he is - hardworking, genuine, and the BRAVEST person I know. This is the Zhang Yixing fans fell in love with. This is the Zhang Yixing that non-fans fell in love with, and became fans because of it. This is the Zhang Yixing that I admire and strive to become in the future.
When in doubt of Yixing, REMEMBER his qualities and his character. He has countlessly and constantly reminded us over and over again that this is who he is, that once he makes a promise, he will keep it until he dies, even if it means sacrificing so many things. By staying in EXO, he’s sacrificed his freedom, his expansion in China, his health, his time, his HOME (fuck u all). There have been SO MANY things that Yixing has sacrificed for EXO and for us, and all you petty ot8 fans do is hate him for things he cannot control. Personally, I believe that Yixing is much better off leaving EXO and becoming a solo like KrisHanTao, but I know he’ll never do that no matter how much more freedom and success he will achieve.
If he wanted to leave, he would’ve done so as early as Kris, and as late as Tao. That’s the easier and better way out, but Yixing chose to stay. Despite all the hate, all the doubt, all the loss in trust in him … Yixing stayed. Yixing stayed even though so many people stopped believing. Yixing stayed even though his three brothers left. Yixing stayed even though fans hated him. Yixing stayed even though fans were racist to him. Yixing stayed for fans and his brothers in Korea, despite all this, because he cares. Yixing stayed because he didn’t want to hurt the people he cares about. Yixing stayed, even if it means exhausting himself to the fucking POINT where he’s constantly fainting in airports and variety shows out of exhaustion, because he wanted to bridge the gap between China and Korea that KrisHanTao may have created when they left. He wanted to prove everyone wrong, that not all Chinese leave for better opportunities and a better life, that Chinese shouldn’t be regarded as traitors and disloyal and ungrateful scum. Even though KrisHanTao had every right to leave, many Koreans couldn’t understand, and Yixing wants to make them believe again.
Don’t doubt Yixing anymore. He’s gone through so much that he’s gone from the dreamy, “high” Yixing to a quiet, reserved and tired Yixing more often now. Please love him instead, and please believe in him. I don’t have any doubt in me that Yixings going to stay. Leaving isn’t even in his dictionary - that’s how much I trust him. And even if you don’t trust him as much as I do, please at least choose to believe him a little.
Yixing is honestly such an amazing person. He’s not greedy, he’s not choosing the easy way out only because he cares, and I hope all of you can see his dedication that he has placed in EXO. Don’t doubt him, show your love and support for him like he has done towards EXO, constantly. All he’s gone through must have made him really lonely, so please don’t let him be lonely anymore.
He’s not in this comeback but he’s shown support by liking EXO’s comeback posts (Baekhyun, Sehun and Chanyeol if I’m not wrong). Please don’t doubt him, there is nothing more I can say except this.
And last thing to ot8 fans - don’t even call yourself an EXO L if all you want to do is break K and M apart. Fuck You and stop bullying our unicorn that has given us so much that we don’t deserve him.