Senator Kim Jae Yoon has publicly condemned KBS for their decision to cancel JYJ’s appearance at a concert promoting Korea’s Jeju Island for inclusion on the New 7 Wonders list.
Senator Kim is from the Jeju Island parliament and slammed KBS for being “international embarrassment” to the government, according to translated reports.
Senator Kim stated:
“The media has raised speculation of external pressures. The situation became more controversial as groups from JYJ’s former entertainment company, whom JYJ are on trial with, replaced JYJ.”
In addition, the Senator criticized KBS for not having a “clear criteria” for their broadcasts. He also raised questions about why JYJ were replaced by current artists from SM Entertainment.
“KBS formally announced that the reason is because of popularity but they deserve criticism for not having `clear criteria` for their broadcasts and going against the promise they made to citizens”
Senator Kim wants KBS to reveal the real reason why JYJ was blocked, and wants KBS to apologize for causing international embarrassment:
“KBS must apologize to citizens, domestic fans and international fans for forsaking their promise and causing international embarrassment. Now reveal and clearly explain the reason for canceling JYJ.”
The more this goes on, the more it looks like the government of Jeju Island really may not have had much to do with the cancellation.
The special government of Jeju issued an apology about the whole JYJ/KBS situation on July 20. The statement claimed the Jeju government had no part in the decision to cancel JYJ’s appearance.
With the Jeju govt apparently putting the blame on KBS for making the unilateral decision, and Senator Kim speaking out about it, the local government may be trying to mitigate angry fans from taking their displeasure out on Jeju Island.
According to the report, Jeju’s government said:
“The provincial government is sorry about the cancellation of JYJ’s appearance in the KBS concert `Go, N7W! Here is Jeju` at Seongsan Sunrise Peak on July 20. When we hold a big event in future, we will positively support JYJ’s appearance, an honorary ambassador which has been playing a major role in the [N7W] campaign.”
Meanwhile, in the aftermath a group of fans from all over the world issued an official statement condemning KBS’s “deplorable” decision and accused the broadcaster or breaking the public trust.
The statement was backed by fans from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Finland, Spain, the U.S., Mexico, and other countries.
The fans slammed the Korean entertainment industry in their statement:
“However, the greatest damage perpetrated by KBS has been on the international image of Korea and against the people of Jeju Island.
Due to the failure of the relevant South Korean authorities to reform the status quo of the Korean pop cultural contents industry, Korean and international citizens alike are witnessing an intolerable scenario: the betrayal on the part of a nationally-owned media institution against its own people, nation and public for the sake of corrupt, private interests…”
trans by: @sojaednews