I’ve been thinking about how Yang Hyun-suk actively tried to destroy 2NE1.
He ignored the talents and wishes of one member (Minzy) by refusing to give her a chance as a soloist; she didn’t even get one single to herself like her group members did. Someone who works at a MUSIC COMPANY, A PLACE THAT LITERALLY EXISTS TO MAKE MUSIC, should not have had to try and make demos on her own and upload them to soundcloud just so fans could hear her voice…
He cast aside and alienated one member (Park Bom) by throwing her to the wolves when a ridiculous scandal was resurfaced after years, an issue in which she was cleared of all charges. He did not defend her against public backlash and humiliation, and instead abandoned her when she needed support the most. And while she got two solo singles, she never got to release the solo album that we all know was recorded.
He put the weight of the world on one member’s shoulders (CL) by putting immense pressure on her to succeed in the US so that, if she did, 2NE1 could join her overseas as well, while at the same time giving her 0 support and no clear plan to achieve this goal. By isolating the group’s leader from the other members this caused an inevitable schism in the group dynamic, something none of the girls could help due to the way her solo preparations were approached.
And as for the final member, Dara? I’ll let her quote from this past August, do the talking:
“ Yang sajangnim also told me, ‘Hey, I think you became brighter after getting close to Yoo Jae-suk.’ That was the first time I ever heard a compliment from him.“
He has picked on these women throughout their whole careers (anyone who has seen 2NE1 tv knows this as fact) and for every compliment or positive thing he has said about them, there are many more slights, insults, and poor management moves to cancel out anything good he’s ever said about them.
This was not a group that wanted to disband. Quite frankly, they were sabotaged and betrayed by the man who was supposed to help them build long and successful careers; the man who, as their boss, should have kept their happiness, wishes, thoughts and concerns a top PRIORITY (especially considering the money they have made him) rather than kicking them to the curb and letting them die after a two year hiatus, one that was full of nothing but false hope and lies.
YG did not deserve 2NE1, and 2NE1 deserved far better than YG.