Yesterday, I get some bad news about one of my favorite mangas (CLICK LINK TO SEE), and today, I get some news about my favorite Kpop group. JUST SHOOT ME NOW!
This was my original statement on my original post regarding THIS ISSUE:
The most annoying and disturbing parts about all of this are the rumors that have followed. Most fans are blaming f(x)’s Sulli for the schedule clearance, especially since most fans believe the idol to have lost interest in music, and seems to be putting more effort into her acting career. Many rumors speculate that she’s pregnant, and many people believe her to be dating. These were the same rumors that showed up when Sulli had that “abdominal issue” a couple of months ago…
Many people just believe Sulli is lying about being sick, will pull a “Kris” (EXO-M) on the group, and quit.
Still, many others know how, in SM’s past, other idols have continued promotions, tours, and performances, even when one member was absent. f(x) continued their promotions in 2010 after f(x)’s Amber had an ankle injury. They gave her a whole six months to recover. People speculated then. So, people wonder, “why isn’t f(x) performing at all?”
Instead of helping the situation, these rumors make everything worse.
Whether Sulli is lying or not, the situation is a tricky one, she obviously needs to take time off and it isn’t any of our business. Entertainment isn’t a mandatory thing. Ya’ll need to find something productive to do. At this point, any movement could hurt the group. SM has a tough decision to make, so I understand them when they state, “We are trying to decide whether to continue promotions or not”. If they do continue on without Sulli, you know what fans are going to say? “It’s not the same without Sulli”, “Something is missing”, “f(5)” or “I hope Sulli isn’t going to quit”…etc. This was exactly what happened when K-pop boy band Shinee continued their promotions without Jonghyun (due to his injury). Oh, what an outcry! This is also what happened when promotions went on without Amber. Fans cried, “It’s not the same without Amber. They feel like another boring girl group”. And then Krystal fainted onstage from exhaustion. This caused most fans to think that she was being overworked, and without Amber, they had to do even more work.
I believe SM is at a still moment, trying to decide whether to continue f(x) promotions, or whether to wait until Sulli gets better. It’s not like Sulli has an injury, so she’s going to get better soon. So, if they do wait, they wouldn’t have to wait that long. But, at the same time, if they do wait, they could lose their audience as the other K-pop comebacks swarm in.
It’s the same thing that happened with Kris from EXO. EXO stated that they would continue without Kris. Though most fans may have wanted the group to continue, some fans felt that it was bogus, and that EXO should’ve cancelled their tour to be “there” for their “brother”, Kris. I kept reading comments of fans online, saying, “EXO=12, not 11″.
Let’s just keep it real. When one member is missing, it creates more scandals, and disappoints fans even more. Keeping all members away does less damage in that way. SM has learned from other “missing idols” how much that would disappoint fans.
However, and this is where it gets sticky, if f(x) doesn’t promote “Red Light”, possibly their last comeback until next year, we are left with the “2013″ issue all over again: a lack of promotion and a dead comeback, which will cause SM to ignore f(x) even more. They’ve only promoted their album for TWO weeks. Luna promised fans that they would have even more promotion than last year. Now, I’m not one to panic. They are probably trying to surprise us with something else. We don’t know. But it’s a bit scary when you’ve been hoping for a solid f(x) year, especially since fans feel left out of the K-pop world with no fan name or solo concert, and you suddenly see nothing on the calendar to look forward to.
Though ya’ll already know how I feel about that…
SM can’t force Sulli to continue sick. Many people have pointed out how SM used to force artists to perform sick in the past, and are wondering why they haven’t forced Sulli (Yea, I know, I actually heard comments like this). I believe they learned from Kris of EXO. When Kris couldn’t get time off because of his “illness”, he filed a lawsuit. It made SM look bad. I don’t think SM wants that to happen again. What people don’t realize is that SM pays money for artists to perform at venues and to be promoted. When artists skip out, SM has to find a way to pay the venues, make-up artists, costume designers, etc, back the money they promised would be coming as a result of the appearance. f(x) hasn’t gotten that far yet, unlike Kris of EXO who was preparing for a TOUR, which costs a HEFTY amount of money.
What’s truly sad is that people always complain about SM Entertainment treating it’s artists like robots and controlling them, but when you read the comments’ sections of articles talking about this issue, you realize that SM is just reflecting how the fans are. SM goes wherever the fans (and money) goes. The fans are somewhat more controlling and demanding than SM. SM is really just trying to comply with the demands of fans. Some people call Sulli lazy, and demand her to smile for them and dance energetically for them, so if they’re making those kind of demands, wouldn’t SM? The fans demand the girls to wear trendy outfits and look pretty, otherwise they hate the whole “comeback”. So wouldn’t SM, as a company, skip out on the creativity to go with something more appealing to the eyes? The fans demand f(x) to promote for long periods of time, every week, non-stop, almost like, hmmm, SM. If I were f(x), I would be exhausted and sick, too, especially if I haven’t been on a stage in 11 months. The fans act like the girls are robots.
Last week, Sulli was said to have come down with the “flu” and couldn’t perform with the other members. Ever since then, people have really attacked Sulli, calling her a “liar”, insinuating that she was “pregnant” or “trying to quit f(x)”, and stating how “lazy she is” and how the group was “better off without her”. When she was finally getting better, she had to read hateful comments that made her feel even worse, emotionally and physically. Now, f(x) has cancelled promotions ALTOGETHER for the rest of July.
Fortunately, they will still be performing “Red Light” at the SM Town World Tour in Seoul, Korea. I’m surprised they are even doing that. I wish I could go. According to SM’s statement, it appears that activities will continue after that date. So, it may just be temporarily down.
As we say thank you to the fans who love f(x), we have an announcement to make. [f(x)] member Sulli became mentally and physically exhausted from the continuous, malicious comments and false rumors, and has expressed her wish to take a break from her celebrity activities for the time being.
After careful deliberation and taking her wish into consideration, we will reduce her activities and let her take a break for the time being.
Also, f(x)’s promotions for their 3rd full-length album ‘Red Light’ ended with their stage on SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’ last week. f(x) will continue on activities with the SMTOWN Seoul concert on August 15 and overseas promotions, as well as individual schedules for the remaining four members Victoria, Amber, Luna, and Krystal.
We regret to inform fans of this news and we ask that you continue to show your support and love for f(x).
Thank you.” -SM Entertainment
It’s always the K-pop fans that have to screw up and make EVERYTHING worse. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the EXACT reason Kris from EXO left. He was already suffering from the lawsuit, but I can imagine the horrible comments made him want to leave even more. Oh, and I can just guess what people are going to say now: “Why is she acting like a drama queen?”, “She needs to be tougher than that”, “She needs to get over herself”. People are going to also say, “Why didn’t she just send out a personal statement, so we wouldn’t worry?” Well, why can’t you people just accept the fact that she needs to TAKE A BREAK? The whole idol world has been attacked lately, from the dating scandals, the drug scandals (Bom), and the loss of idols. Just STOP the HATE.
People also have the nerve to say, “She’s too sensitive”. I’m sorry, maybe it’s because Sulli actually CARES what her fans think! You people may think most idols just ignore what people say, but many times they go in their rooms and cry when they are alone at night. Many celebrities even KILL themselves over these malicious rumors! We know this. There was a time music was about MUSIC. Now, all of the unnecessary tidbits are highlighted in the media; things that have nothing to do with a person’s musical career. We can’t say that every idol just “sucks it up”. Some idols’ careers have been destroyed by gossip. Fans let their “assumptions” rule their heads more than “facts” these days, and they believe anything the news media says. News media can be helpful or destructive, but their goal is to get the news, yes, but also to draw in as many readers as possible. They often get paid for how many people “traffic” their online articles or buy their magazines. They need your interest, and will do what it takes to get it. I take it none of you have heard of The Shattered Glass incident…The bigger an artist, the harder they will get it from media. SM and YG are “Powerhouse” labels, so media knows they can draw in “traffic” with their artists in the headlines.
Media isn’t always bad. Again, it can be helpful to building a career, especially if someone needs to promote themselves. But let’s not jump over with panic when we read things with the words “rumor” or “gossip” in the title. More than likely, it isn’t legit.
You people talk about SM being heartless, money-hungry, and controlling? YOU PEOPLE are entertainment-hungry, heartless, and more controlling than SM could ever be! The only reason SM is so controlling is because of the HUGE demands from you thankless fans, pushing SM to push their own artists. You people project your own faults! They released an excellent conceptual album, and didn’t get so much a “Thank You”.
PEOPLE are shocked SM has pulled ALL promotions. Well, after the Kris incident, I can see why. They don’t want to be SUED again! If they don’t let Sulli rest, it will fall on them! If they do push Sulli, and she decides to do it, she won’t be happy! She will be even less energetic, knowing that critical eyes are watching her from the audience. It’s no wonder she has been “lazy”. You “fans” are horrible!
You want to blame Sulli for the reasons promotions have stopped? Why don’t you people start with the “person in the mirror”? Without your cutting comments, the problem could’ve been resolved. You people need to stop projecting your horrible behavior on someone who entertains YOU. She is doing a service for YOU. And you people are the harsh, “power-tripping” bosses bent on destroying this girl’s career.
In fact, I’m starting my STOPtheHate campaign right now. Anyone who wants to help this, #StoptheHate and #SulliImSorry on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
For CRYING OUT LOUD, She is HUMAN! I just want to go Chris Crocker on people and say, “LEAVE SULLI ALONE!” You are lucky she took the time out of her busy schedule to help create a FULL ALBUM for you ungrateful bastards!
Not only did people probably make this girl’s week miserable, simply because she didn’t show up for a COUPLE OF PERFORMANCES, due to being “humanly” SICK, but people RUINED things for ALL OF US FANS.
This was my first year supporting f(x), and my first impression of this fan-base. And this is what I see? What a horrible display of humanity! People in this K-pop universe have gotten so ridiculously caught up in their “biases” that they create fan-wars and spread hate (because I can guarantee that the majority of people who wrote those comments were either trolls, f(x) haters, or people who wanted their idols to get more attention this summer).
It’s no wonder f(x) only comes out with ONE comeback a year. Because of this foolishness. This was the exact foolishness that killed Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
This was supposed to be f(x)’s year! This was the year we were supposed to get a fan name! A Concert! MORE PROMOTIONS, as Luna said! And people just had to SCREW it ALL UP!
I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole group disbanded on account of these OVERBLOWN fans. They just couldn’t chill out and be patient. They had to state stupid ideas on the internet. Ignorance runs rampant in the K-pop jungle. And then we have news websites, like Kpopstarz, posting horrible articles like this: Kpopstarz Fuels the Flames!
They actually posted a poll like this! :
With the fourth answer being, “Who cares if Sulli leaves? The others will be fine.” I don’t even want to share the results with you. Not only do I blame Kpopstarz for instigating this fierce maliciousness, but I blame the PEOPLE WHO GAVE Kpopstarz the incentive to write this bull! They wouldn’t have posted it if people really weren’t saying ridiculous things like this. f(x) wouldn’t have been successful without ALL FIVE members, and you people know it! You wouldn’t even know her name if she wasn’t popular. Every f(x) member has developed themselves as individuals, and EVERY member has proven themselves.
And you idiots, who had the nerve to click that, ARE TO BLAME! I put the blood on your hands! If only I could read the names of those who pressed that, I would blast every last one of you! I’m glad all of f(x) stopped promotions. It serves you people right! Enjoy a boring summer with over-sexualized idols and summer jams, and not a sprinkle of originality! That’s what you wanted, that’s what you got!
THIS WEEK IS NOT MY WEEK!
And then people want to ask why the others can’t continue without her! You want to know why they won’t? I’ll tell you why. Because f(x) isn’t BOGUS enough to continue without Sulli. They don’t appreciate your mistreatment of her ANY MORE than she appreciated it! Unlike most groups, f(x) has a strong bond, and they see the value in their members. I’m not saying EXO didn’t value Kris before he left, but they sure didn’t mind moving on without him. And they didn’t mind posting, “EXO 11” on their twitters, either. The other f(x) members KNOW how hard Sulli works because they WORK WITH HER. She has tried really hard to give to her music fans and K-drama fans at the same time. Her K-Drama fans are better at supporting her than her music fans. Maybe that’s why she enjoys it more. All she needs is a little RESPECT, patience, and SUPPORT. People don’t even know what support means anymore. Sulli would give a whole lot more if she had more of that “S” word, I guarantee it. If fans had been supportive, instead of ignorant and haughty, her smile might have returned to the stage.
f(x) is one of the very few groups that make a lot of money from individual activities, almost to the point they don’t really need money from their music activities. If they really relied on music to pay them, they would’ve continued promotions, even if they didn’t want to. But f(x) is so multi-talented, they can spread their talents anywhere. And they do! They really create music because they WANT to. They literally just ENJOY making music for their fans. For many idols, music is the only way they put bread and butter on the table. For f(x), it’s just one of the ways. So, this was not a loss. They simply went back to their own individual activities once they saw how belligerent you people were.
You people claim that SM usually forces its artists to keep going despite sickness or rumors, so this gives you reason to assume (yet again) something else is going on. Well, I wonder where you might get your ideas that SM forces its artists to perform? A news media website? The deceitful news media? Or maybe MORE GOSSIP; Some more irrational accusations that lack FACT. Just more and more assumptions that so often get passed on as fact by casual listeners. Perhaps, maybe, I don’t know, artists choose to perform anyway! Whether SM urges the person to continue is probably circumstantial.
For instance, the EXO-Kris case. He became ill, and requested some time off. SM granted his request to have SOME time off, but they didn’t encourage him to go on a hiatus. The reason was because he agreed to a TOUR. The expenses of a tour are large. You are paying large venues for time slots, paying to have effective sound systems, lighting, costumes, make-up, the printing of tickets, advertising, and so many other expenses. SM is a multi-billion dollar company, but they have to spread their finances among many different idol groups, as well as pay the bills they owe towards their OWN company. Those debts add up, trust me. If Kris suddenly went on hiatus, the venue risks losing business from fans, who may have only wanted to see Kris. They also risk losing the interest of fans who may have wanted to see all 12 members. The venue may decide to drop the group for a stronger group presence. Lighting would have to be altered to make up for the loss of the member. Sound systems would have to be altered, especially if they all planned to lip-sync. Someone would need to replace Kris’s lines, and any song they can’t sing without Kris, they would not sing at all. This also put a lot of pressure on the other members. They were already tired from the constant practice. It takes a lot of work to practice a whole SET of songs, let alone start ALL OVER due to a missing person! Then they have to readjust who sings what. It’s time consuming and exhausting. This is why SM URGES their artists, in that case, to keep going with plans.
But in cases where the artist hasn’t made any major future plans, SM is more flexible because they aren’t LOSING anything. That’s how any business is, especially in professions that provide service to others like medical health, teaching, or yes, singing, where often a person is almost “required” to be at work. Teachers and nurses can take time off as much as the next person, but if a situation arises where the nurses and teachers are absolutely needed, their bosses will strongly urge them to be at work. For children who don’t work, this may seem controlling. But many of their bosses have a legit reason for making the demand. It’s really a reflection of the demand of the one they “serve”. It’s almost slave labor, and very challenging. Only people who understand business would know that. It’s often hard for teachers to get time off because students tend to misbehave with substitutes. Students also learn best with consistent teaching methods. Principals really would rather teachers come to work. If students don’t learn, it falls on the teachers. They get blamed for everything, even when a child just refuses to comply. Nurses and doctors are often in high demand when hospitals are packed. Their supervisors would urge them to come into work because they really just need a body to at least watch patients. If there is a shortage of doctors and nurses at a hospital, the death toll at that hospital could increase. People will not be able to get the personal attention they need because the few nurses there would be spreading their time with other patients. Every job has a contract. There are always rules that workers have to comply with if they expect to earn a living, but this doesn’t mean their bosses are necessarily forcing them to work. We all have choices.
You people constantly compare her situation to other artists, stating, “This other artist I know performed when they were sick” and “This other artist I know didn’t stop promoting because of rumors”. Well, guess what? They should have gone on hiatus, too! Why would a smart person perform sick? They would risk getting sicker and risk looking dead onstage! To add, they would be spreading the virus! That means their sickly hands touched doors, microphones, costumes, and other people! That’s just gross! And those artists that continue promotion in spite of rumors? It’s funny how you people call that “strength” and “endurance”. I call it an abusive “fan-idol” relationship. You are an idol that’s being slammed over and over again by the fans’ verbal abuse, and yet, you still faithfully and submissively give your energy and time to the same fans abusing you? That’s NOT SMART. That’s letting them CONTROL you and manipulate you! That’s allowing your fans to abuse you. You are letting them get away with it by rewarding them with your talents and gifts. An idol who does that has developed too much dependency on their fans, up to the point they internalize the issue and keep performing for these people. They must be convincing themselves that you people were just trying to give constructive criticism. For most K-pop fans who make comments regarding these idols, their comments are critical alright, but not the constructive kind. I’m sorry, but you people who came up with this point need to re-evaluate your thinking. And I also suggest psychiatric help: You might have some control issues.
Really, you can’t even compare Sulli’s situation to other female idols. Every circumstance is different. Other female artists may perform sick or despite rumors, but there are reasons it may work. 1) Most female artists do not perform intense choreography. When someone is sick, they lose energy. When someone is depressed, they lose energy. However, most female idols barely dance. They usually have simple dance moves that don’t require a lot of youthful energy. Compare “Red Light”‘s choreo to the other female comebacks this summer. f(x)’s choreo requires intense concentration and energy. 2) Some female groups have so many members, one mistake can be made up by the dozen of other girls in the group! With only so few members in f(x), the mistakes are more noticeable, so a tired and sick person would be obvious. This is even worse when an artist is solo. Why do you think BoA has it so hard?
Men hardly get slammed when they go on hiatus. No one hardly makes false rumors. People treated Jonghyun a WHOLE lot better than people are treating Sulli when he had to stop promotions due to an injury. This is why women are always held back. Women get slammed the worst by these haters. And majority of the haters are women! Really? What happened to sticking together? Women have such a disadvantage because they get hit with the “pregnant” scandals. Men can get away with so much! They could have babies everywhere, and no one would ever know. No one would ever think it would interfere with work. This is why people don’t respect women in the working world. Pregnancies limit women from being REAL workers. This kind of rumor is not only more than likely false, but destructive to a working woman’s career.
What you people failed to realize is that this was only going to be a temporary thing, a temporary hiatus, but now you people, who made a mountain out of a hill, have permanently put a stop to promotions altogether!
And people are still coming up with these dumb rumors! They are still claiming SM and Sulli are trying to hide something. How about this: IT DOESN’T MATTER. All that matters is that they make good entertaining music for people who like their style to enjoy! That is their job. Their personal lives have NOTHING to do with that. Just like my personal life has nothing to do with my job…This goes for ANY job, unless you work at home as a stay-at-home father or mother (that’s quite a job, and the only personal one that exists).
Regardless, we don’t know the whole story, so who are we to assume? Who are we to let our assumptions decide our ACTIONS and whether we should support f(x)’s MUSIC or not? Shouldn’t we be focusing on their MUSIC?
For those of you who still continue to inquire about these rumors, asking questions like “So, is it true Sulli is pregnant?” Remember this: It takes two to spread malicious gossip; One person to say it, and the others who hear it and believe it. Haters are taking advantage of the weak-minded and the gullible. They will use your innocent questions, just as K-popstarz did, as evidence to prove that even f(x) fans are bashing Sulli’s head in, even if it wasn’t intended. So please, stop feeding into these rumors, stop inquiring about them because you’re just making everything worse.
People carry that pregnant rumor because they believe it’s “odd” that Sulli said she was sick suddenly, and “odd” that SM is protecting Sulli so much. What’s odd about that? SM is protecting its OWN reputation.
Even though Sulli and Choiza are dating, who cares? Why is this such a big deal that you have to turn it into something negative? It’s great that she found someone who loves her and will take care of her.
Sulli may decide to have a baby in the future. So, when that time comes she CAN. After she has it, she can make music again. What’s the big deal? That’s what women do. Beyonce is pregnant with her SECOND baby. So what? It’s not mandatory to have a SONG in your life. You people may think she would be letting her fellow members down, but why would she? They all have their own activities! As workers, they shouldn’t always be so dependent on each other anyway. Every artist knows to have a fail-safe. Nothing in the music world is guaranteed. One member could die tomorrow, like what happened with TLC. What would happen then? They would still need to make a living. They need to learn to invest in other talents and continue developing themselves as individuals.
The people who made these comments need to grow up. Whoever was responsible for this childishness needs to re-evaluate themselves. They are the reason people want the internet regulated. You people can make ridiculous comments behind a computer, but I’ll bet my plushies you would be SCREAMING for Sulli if she came in your town, you phonies, you back-stabbers, you two-faced wannabes!
People want to get angry at Sulli for not “smiling” more, or dancing as energetically. A lot of help your criticisms did in improving that! Maybe if she’d have gotten a little TLC, you might have seen a happier Sulli return. And you all think this was the beginning of the malicious hate? “Fans” have been slamming Sulli since her promotions of Pink Tape! They have been calling her “lazy” ever since her performances of “Rum Pum Pum Pum”! Though she delivered at the SM Town Winter Wonderland Concert Tour…She smiled the whole time and seemed to be having fun. But with all the other “slams”, it’s no wonder Sulli seems so unhappy.
Fans don’t know what they want. You people complain about Sulli looking tired and lazy onstage for a WHOLE two years, but then you refuse to let her get some SLEEP! Every worker deserves sick days AND personal days. And so what about it? Why do you need to make accusations about it?
Some people have the nerve to say some dumb ish like this: “What’s she sick and tired from? f(x) barely has to do the work other idols do, like perform large tours and stuff.” Most of those idols ONLY focus on their music because most of them only have one talent and one promotional ticket. Take EXO for example. Most of their talents are singing and dancing. So, of course, they focus more on their music and rarely get asked to do random activities such as MCing or filming for dramas. Just because none of the f(x) members have been doing f(x)-related work, doesn’t mean they weren’t WORKING hard! They are all multi-talented, so many are filming dramas, Mcing for shows (Amber was just selected by KBS A Song for You to be the MC and was MCing for We Got Married Global two months ago), showcasing with other artists (Luna is working with Play the Sirens and will be featured in their MV and performances, Victoria is going to be featured in Zhang Li Yin’s MV), and so many other activities. They also have striking individual images, so they always get asked to do photo-shoots and commercials. Every time I look up, f(x) is in a magazine! Just recently: High Cut, The Celebrity, Nylon! Sulli just did a commercial for Etude House! While Sulli had been waiting for her new movie, Pirates, to premiere in August, she also was trying to perform for you ungrateful “fans”. It’s no wonder she is sick and tired! f(x) gets pulled every-which-way. You people don’t know what hard work is.
I’m sure you haters are all enjoying your 20 minutes of fame, as all of your hateful comments have been called on. You have the satisfaction of knowing news media is giving you attention. You happy now? You won, you cunts! You also have the satisfaction of knowing you cut deep into the f(x) fandom. You can smile with glee as your comments hold power. You can jump up and down with happiness that now your precious idols have the chance to make it on music shows without f(x) as competition. You pricks have officially destroyed this comeback for us all.
I would rather you people to have never listened to K-pop a day in your life than destroy all the fun. Music and entertainment are supposed to be fun, something everyone can enjoy. It’s not supposed to be a playground for hate and evil. You idiots have certainly ruined our f(x) party this summer. f(x) said they hardly get to work together or see each other anymore, and this was their chance to spend more time together. You pricks just destroyed everything.
I’m officially having a bad week. Ya’ll hit me up and tell me what you think of this nonsense. If you’re one of those people who contributed to this, tell me what made you be this evil. Please, I just want to understand why you hate so hard. I’m so disappointed, I can’t even sleep. I can’t even listen to the album without shedding a tear.
I’m angry, but I’m not going to stop promoting this group. They are talented, artistic, and amazing people that I feel deserve respect and recognition. My excitement for this comeback has gone down the drain, but I look forward to August 15, where at least they will perform “Red Light” one more time.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD: #StoptheHate #SulliImSorry
And I just want to thank f(x) for giving me the RAWEST album out this SUMMER!
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