Since the artist of the month is 2PM, I’ll give you some history on the Beastly Idols. I’ll start with the bad history of 2PM. We cannot move forward without explaining why it went from seven to six.
Jay Park used to be the leader of 2PM until he said some pretty bad things about Korea. Paraphrasing his comments, Jay Park wrote in a MySpace post that he “hated it here [S.Korea]” and that “they’re [Koreans] stupid.” I hope you are thinking, “Holy smokes!” because the things he said made a lot of people in South Korea upset. There was so much hate and serious threats towards Jay Park, that his boss, JYP, had to fire him and send him back to America (Jay Park was originally from Seattle, Washington). Though, there were rumors that JYP would have let him stayed in the group even after that incident, but, again, people didn’t want him in their country.
These are comments that a S. Korean artist wouldn’t typically write on social media. Culturally, it’s not the right thing to do, even in America celebrities wouldn’t do it. You shouldn’t upset your moneymaker, which was probably what JYP thought, but in Koreans’ perspective, it was an insult. Now to his defense, life as a trainee wasn’t peaches and creams. He was only 17 years old
when he decided to sign with JYP, but before you can debut you have to go through rigorous training. This is not just for JYP, the big three, which include SM, YG, and JYP Entertainment, make their artists go through tough training. There isn’t a lot of one hit wonders in Korea and they don’t like to waste their money on something that will not succeed in the market. Back to Jay Park, his training took place in South Korea (miles away from his parents) and he could barely speak the Korean language. He felt out of place and his only source to vent was on social media.
Digging up “Secrets”
I don’t know about you, but whoever looked up Jay Park’s profile on MYSPACE was looking for some dirt. C’mon, it was in 2009 when everything was released to the public and everybody knows that Facebook ruled social media during that time. Now, once people calmed down, the “fans” wanted Jay Park back into the group. They didn’t realize that the damage was done and that Jay Park wouldn’t be coming back to 2PM. Their temper tantrum on a fairly small matter made that happen, not his MySpace post on his feelings about the country, but they did. Jay Park’s departure from the group was bittersweet, but he’s now successful in the Korean market without the help from JYP, a major record label in Korea. “Again & Again” was Jay Park’s last music video with 2PM. Check it out!