A friend of mine translated an MBLAQ fanaccount from Nate Pann. We have had many discussions on why some international fans supported SM, and she seemed pretty adamant on proving why Korean fans disliked the company. For your reference, I am a Super Junior stan and she is a SHINee stan. However, this is a fanaccount made by an A+. Therefore there will be arguments used against the SM groups, but please know that she is not trying to displace the blame on the groups, but the company itself (and SBS, for that matter). The fanaccount was pulled from (here) and translation credits goes to Elizabeth.
So a lot of international fans are wondering why many of the Korean fans hate SM. SBS Gayo Daejun for 2011 can most definitely be an example. For short, I’ll just call it SBSGD. But the fault is not just on SM but SBSGD as well. During SBSGD, SM was favored. First of all, all the four groups of SM had a performance that totaled up to 40 minutes. On the other hand, new groups like Boyfriend, B1A4, and Apink had only a few minutes to perform their own songs (not counting joint performances).
The “hallyu” orchestra was made up of only SM artists when clearly members from many other groups were able to play instruments as well. There was also an area where the idols could watch their fellow artists’ performances. However, SM artists got most of the seats and tables. On the other hand, B1A4 and Davichi ended up in the back standing. Dongwoo from Infinite was forced to stand near the lights so he ended up getting a burn, but the staff members did nothing about it.
Pictures proved that there were a lack of chairs and the singers had to get the chairs on their own. One of the pictures show Yoseob getting a chair for the B1A4 members (here). The chair that Kikwang was sitting on? It was a chair that a staff member grabbed from the SBS cafeteria. Also, Hoya’s mic wasn’t working but the staff members simply told him to “get on stage and perform”. This created false accusations of him lip-syncing. Taecyon from 2PM also had a mic that did not work so he had to go on stage and ended up screaming. The fans said that his voice was cracking like crazy towards the end of their last performance.
Also, IU didn’t even get to perform Good Day (she only sang You and I), considering that it was a hit and had the highest Music Bank score. Meanwhile SNSD performed longer than IU when their song wasn’t even as famous and was ranked below Secret’s Shy boy. The following might not be true and is a rumor but: IU was going to be the MC for SBSGD, however was replaced by Yoona when SM “pulled strings”.
Why couldn’t people hear a lot of cheering in the audience? No seats were provided for Teen Top and Infinite’s fans. Only six MBLAQ fans got to enter while many others had lined up since early in the morning to get in. SBS said that 30 seats were saved for A+ but only six had entered. Their cheers couldn’t even be heard and other fans had to help them. Fans said that after their performance, MBLAQ struggled to search for their fans.
And the fans that waited to get inside? They were treated like prisoners. Literally. They were right outside a door that led into a huge room. The staff members didn’t even pay attention to them and the security guards simply ignored them. They couldn’t even go out to eat or go to the bathroom as the staff members ate in front of them. The fans couldn’t even use the vending machines because it was for “staff use only”. The fans that were able to get out were not allowed back in.
The singers were also treated badly. There weren’t enough waiting rooms. Infinite had to do their makeup in the bathroom while Davichi had to change inside the stalls. Most were kicked out into the hallway where they had to get ready, check their mics, and warm up their voices. They didn’t even get legit meals so MBLAQ’s manager had to go out to get them something and 2PM merely got 2 corndogs as their meals.
The following may also not be true and is also a rumor: but it is said that EXO’s waiting room was actually MBLAQ’s. It’s upsetting that EXO got to have a waiting room at all (it may not have been MBLAQ’s, but they did get their own waiting room) when they didn’t even debut yet, and MBLAQ had already passed their one year anniversary. The hallway was super cold and it was detrimental to Teen Top’s comeback, because they were subject to catching colds due to them standing in the hallway for so long. Also it was offensive to U-Kiss that they started the opening because it is usually reserved for new idol groups, however U-Kiss debuted a long way back. It isn’t right to do that to a group that came all the way to Korea from Japan with such a tight schedule.
Just in case any SM group fans get mad, I’m saying that it was SM and SBS’ fault, not the groups themselves. In fact, some SM groups were victims too, especially Super Junior. No one told the fans when the pre-recording was, so less than twenty ELF were able to attend. How upsetting could that have been to Super Junior? The fans screams and support is what keeps a singer going. There was so little cheering going on that the staff members had to ask fans of other groups to cheer louder (fans were helping to cheer in the first place). Really, if you saw Super Junior’s tweets you could tell how mad they were. Also SHINee had to standby for 24 hours to come out on the screen for only a few minutes. The fans were mad because SHINee were running on a hard schedule and came to Korea only to be in the background for EXO. Jonghyun literally did most of the singing while the members of EXO were screened, not him.
There was no apology from SBSGD, and the Korean fans are now demanding for one. Korean fans claim that SM artists were clearly favored (although things did go terribly for Super Junior and SHINee) while many other fans from “minor” companies were looked down upon. Really, SM doesn’t treat their groups well and EXO coming up on such a big stage when they didn’t even debut is a bit upsetting. These are one of the many reasons why Korean fans dislike SM.
Again, none of this was a hate message to EXO or any of the SM groups. The reason why EXO was brought up was because they have not yet debuted, but they still had full stages. Meanwhile many other sunbae groups were suffering in the hallways and got barely any screen time. I do agree that SBS Gayo Daejun was a bit of an SM concert, and that other artists deserved more screen time. But most importantly, I believe that not a single artist should have suffered that night. That in itself was very wrong.
Gathering up all of the rumours about SBS Gayo Daejun:
SBS “sold” more tickets than there were seats for the festival. They made fans wait for hours before finally refusing entry telling many of them to go home. There were apparently scenes of distraught and sobbing fans, and the…
lol, okay. i’m a k-elf who actually has a friend who works with sj-market. super junior was flaming sm through twitter. why would they flame sbs and use references of fuck you because of just one little thing? it has to be a build up of many different things. and tell you what, if this truly was sbs’ mistake, this was just one mistake. and knowing super junior, why the hell would they start saying fuck you and start to flame on the company that doesn’t even control them in any way?
to k-elf it doesn’t even take more than a second to know who super junior is pissing at. it doesn’t make sense that super junior starts to rant and say things such as “if we’ve done anything wrong…it must have been the crime of working too hard” or “there isn’t a group mor hard-working than us, and there isn’t a group more pitiful than us”. how could sbs, a company that has absolutely no control over super junior, inflict such feelings such as these? if super junior is going to feel oppressed, they’re going to feel oppressed by one company. and that’s their own management.
it doesn’t take a genius to piece it all together. i don’t know why so many people are in denial about sm entertainment treating their artists wrongly. every korean knows how screwed up sm is, i don’t know why it’s like rocket science to some international fans out there.
i know how idols’ schedules work. how? because my uncle is the ceo of cube entertainment. beast aren’t promoting these days, right? but their schedules are packed every single day. they aren’t free any day. u-kiss even talked about how they weren’t free any day for a whole entire month, even though they weren’t even a popular group back then. super junior’s a huge group, getting ready with promoting super show 4 around the whole entire world… they’re damn busy. my uncle said that it is absolutely not realistic to think that an idol is free any day of the year.
and didn’t hangeng claim in his lawsuit that for two full consecutive years, he didn’t get a single day off? he had to work everyday. i don’t think you understand how jampacked idols’ schedules are. you can’t simply switch things around. a gayo daejun is just a gayo daejun, sbs can’t simply say, “oh you have to come now”—super junior has other things to do. they could have had maybe an hour of break, or maybe one the members had a day off, but not the whole entire group.
so no, this scenario could not have been possible. because why would sbs try to inconvenience themselves with another pre-recording? my dad’s cousin is a producer for inkigayo and music core. he said that pre-recordings are a pain in the ass. producers always prefer that the idols come to the actual show, but sometimes they can’t due to conflicting schedules. which was obviously super junior’s situation.
oh, and may i also add that super junior never mentioned about being called in out of the blue by sbs and neither did sm? analyzing their attitudes towards this whole situation, it was obvious that this pre-recording was scheduled a long time ago. if it was something out of the blue then super junior wouldn’t have been this angry. obviously they didn’t understand why it was so hard for sm to call in k-elf, because this was scheduled weeks ago.
there. i believe it’s sm’s fault. i don’t believe it was possible that so suddenly sm didn’t know about their own group’s schedule. sm didn’t tell elf because they forgot, it’s sm’s mistake. i won’t kill sm for it because i’m sure it was just an honest mistake. but it was a frustrating one all the same.
you can’t say that super junior isn’t doing their job right for complaining. their job is to sing and dance. not being able to complain was never part of the equation. in fact, they had so many chances to complain. them being disappointed today was their breaking point. whether it’s sm’s trip up or sbs’s trip up… super junior’s frustrated. and don’t you dare say that they shouldn’t speak out because it’s “their job”. their job is to entertain. they can be human whenever they want. they have the right to complain.
i’m going to be that typical elf and start this off with: “this was one of leeteuk’s last music performances”. yes, many other groups will have to go through this as well… and if this is indeed the case, then you better listen up. wouldn’t you want your own boys to have the best last performances of their life before going to the army? this is what we and the rest of super junior want for leeteuk.
you know what else is unacceptable? super junior apologized. not sbs. not sm. not whoever made this mistake… it was super junior who said sorry. and they were sitting there feeling like shit, after everything they had been through… they were going to finish their year of 2011 like this.
i won’t lie. i had my doubts too. i thought, “what if super junior isn’t really oppressed? what if they’re feeling fine?” i was worried that perhaps i was fighting for the wrong side… but now i know. now i realize that super junior is indeed frustrated. i realize that super junior is suffering after all, and no one can tell me otherwise.
they had the right to rant today. to say fuck. every time i get pissed off, i say fuck this fuck that. every single damn time. but super junior never rants to anyone but each other, and knowing them, they probably just keep the frustration to themselves. them ranting only this once out of all the six years they’ve been with us amazes me. just this one time. just this once. after six years of all this hard work, and they’re left thinking that they are (as siwon said): “the most pitiful group”.
you think they’re childish?
childish is when everything bad happens to them they get upset. childish is when they overreact abouteverything. childish is when they don’t give a shit about their fans. childish is when they complain about every little thing that happened to them, good or bad. childish is them being unthankful.
but they’re nothing like that. i would have complained every time i thought i felt like shit, but super junior does it just this once. and after everything i’ve seen and heard, they have the right to rant. they feel like no one is appreciating them except for ELF. what the hell do you think that means?! it means that they don’t feel respected after all their hard work. siwon said so, eunhyuk said so, leeteuk said so, donghae said so… even 2pm’s nichkhun wrote “unbelievable”.
super junior’s doing their job right. more than right. and i’m not going to sit around and let 2011 just run them over. i told my followers and the rest of the fandom that 2011 was the year that belonged to super junior, and i mean it. this is super junior’s year, and this is the year that things will go right.
i’m proud of super junior, let me tell you that. i’m so fucking proud of them, i was shaking as i read their tweets and ate my dinner here in seoul. i’m proud of them, and i’m proud to know that these boys are showing the world that they’re human too. and as humans, they have breaking points. we all have breaking points.
i support super junior. i don’t support everything they say or do, but i support this. they’re frustrated and in need of a way to rant. they had to let it out. and i support the fact that they did. i support super junior, today, tomorrow, forever.
During today’s pre-recording, because SM did not notice E.L.F that SJ will be present, there were very few E.L.F present, the audience was almost full of other fans. SuperJunior even had to say “호응좀 해주세요” (please give some reaction(?)). so normally SJ would bow lots of times and linger on stage…