[TO EVERYONE IN THE KPOP FANDOM, NO MATTER WHAT GROUP YOU SUPPORT]
To those of you who don’t know what’s going on, I’d like to give a little update. tl;dr at the end. PLEASE READ THAT AT LEAST.
Recently, idol group Monsta X performed a version of Super Junior’s Sorry Sorry in Japan that hadn’t been aired by MBC. They were then scheduled to perform Sorry Sorry with a dance that they choreographed for MBC at the DMC festival, but before they were set to perform, were told that they would no longer be doing so. Without Monsta X’s knowledge, the choreography that THEY created for the dance break was given to other groups, who then performed it.
Wonho, a member of Monsta X, mentioned it on this recent VLIVE of theirs, that they had been watching the performance and realized “Oh, that dance is familiar!” None of the boys were rude about it, they complimented the groups who performed it, even going as far as saying that Monbebes (their fans) who were curious about their stages could watch the other groups and see how they performed it. They were honest with us, and let us know that they just wanted us to be aware that Monsta X performed the original choreography.
Because of this, though, news has spread across portals. Articles have been created, a hashtag has started on twitter “#MBC_범법자” (“#MBC_Offender”) and fans of other groups have even become aware of the situation.
We really need to stand our ground as an entire fandom through this. I’m certain that this hasn’t JUST happened to Monsta X, but has happened to so many before them. If we don’t take a stand, this will continue on, and next time, it could be your favorite group who is treated unfairly and taken advantage of.
I’d like to ask that you spread this around and create awareness about this, no matter what group you support. Monsta X has such a small group of fans, but imagine if this had been done to the group you support. It’s a very frustrating thing, to see these young men who worked so hard be asked to create a dance and have it stolen from them and used elsewhere without credit.
Whether you follow them or not, it took a lot of courage to come out and say something, and we can’t let this be swept under the rug. They made the first step in shedding light on the unfairness, and because of this, we can’t allow them to be ignored. They didn’t do this just for themselves. Them bringing attention to this issue can very well prevent the mistreatment of future groups, big or small, and we should take advantage of this and help stop this.
To help support, what we can do is make use of the hashtag “#MBC_범법자” on twitter and direct it at @withMBC. PLEASE be respectful in what you say, though, and do not speak in a way that could reflect badly on any group. This is the fault of none other than MBC.
Please do not let this be swept under the rug. This isn’t just about one small group—this is so much bigger than what it may seem.
tl;dr:MBC took choreography from Monsta X after refusing to air their performance of the original dance, gave it to other groups to perform, and did not credit Monsta X for the choreography that THEY CREATED. Monsta X has spoken up about this, letting people know, and we, the K-Pop fandom as a whole, should not let this be swept under the rug to prevent the future mistreatment of any and ALL other groups, because this is most likely NOT the first time this has happened. It could have happened to the very group that you support, even.
To help, tweet @withMBC with the hashtag “#MBC_범법자” PLEASE be respectful in what you say, though, and do not speak in a way that could reflect badly on any group. This is the fault of none other than MBC.
Let’s raise awareness to prevent the mistreatment of all groups by big companies.
do you ever just look at your favorite idols and wonder if they are actually happy? like when they smile for fans and act upbeat for the camera do you wonder if they actually cry every night and have trouble sleeping? or if they’re constantly ashamed of their looks/weight and never feel like they are as beautiful as they need to be? do they struggle with not being good enough or disappointing their fans? are they insecure and over work themselves to prove mean comments wrong even though they laugh it off on camera?
are they healthy and happy like we think they are?
Please don’t ever feel bad for wanting to know Korean because of your favorite Kpop group. My mom, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, told me that the main reason she learned Spanish when she was a teen was because of a popular Latin band in the 70’s and now she gets paid more for knowing another language that she uses everyday. So don’t ever think that learning a new language because of something you like is a terrible thing to do. Whether you stop liking Kpop at some point or not, you still have this skill that will benefit you in the end and help you enjoy a different culture.
YG: abusive towards artists, seemingly a misogynist, prevents his groups from succeeding, prevented his wife from becoming a successful artist because he wanted to usurp her time and affection, in the face of a scandal he does nothing and just shoves said artist even further into the dungeon
JYP: cares more about his own comebacks than that of his groups, Twice and GOT7 are doing well but that’s due to members constantly promoting themselves (Jackson, Dahyun, BamBam, Tzuyu), 2PM only got like three weeks of work last year, Miss A comes back once in a blue moon or whenever Suzy feels like it, and 2AM probably doesn’t even exist anymore, also Wonder Girls (probably what JYP said)
SM: SuJu and f(x) are constantly being put on the backburner for other groups, TVXQ just in general, SNSD kicked Jessica, EXO lost three members in 4 years and they are currently being sued by said members, they’re debuting a new group that they are in no way prepared to promote or manage well, and basically everything went to hell in a handbasket after LSM stepped down
Cube: 4Minute is on the verge of collapsing, BEAST isn’t getting the promotions or comebacks they deserve and is falling apart at the seams, BTOB isn’t getting the time of day, and ACube renamed itself in order to avoid the backlash of impending collapse of its parent company and save APink
FNC: AOA only gets one comeback a year, Youkyung gets to play music when the stars align, F.T. Island and CNBlue work hard to prepare comebacks and then FNC releases the songs with no teaser and no hype which results in the comebacks not doing as well as they should/could
DSP: made a big friggin deal about finding a new KARA member only to have KARA disband a year later leaving the new member with nothing
Pledis: where’s After School? it’s been like three friggin years and now the most popular members (Uee and Orange Caramel) are preparing to graduate, Seventeen gets nothing from them in terms of financial support
Star Empire: ZE:A got so little group activity that one of the youngest members decided to enlist and the other members are now trying to make it as actors rather than singers
Woollim: INFINITE is an amazing group that only gets one comeback a year, if they got two they’d have EXO level of popularity, what’s going on with Tasty???, why did you wait so long to give Woohyun a solo???