JYJ Creates Havoc In Airport;
Chasing Fans Injured
After Running Into Wall
Fans enthusiasm causes a mess in the airport when JYJ arrived. A fan chasing after JYJ got injured after running into a wall.
Last Sunday, JYJ arrived in Malaysia to hold a showcase. Not only did the fans claim that "it did not meet our expectations", some even said that JYJ did not care about the fans' safety as they entered the departure hell before the staff could fully finish the boarding procedures, causing a mess in the area which in turn caused many fans to injure themselves when they collided with the wall when chasing after them.
Insisted on using the regular entrance into Malaysia
According to sources, "the organizers treated safety as priority and advised them to leave and enter via the VIP exit. However, the Korean side refused the idea and let JYJ leave and enter by the regular exit instead."
Although the security created a human wall of about 20 buff man as well as 10 bodyguards to maintain the order, it was still unable to control the whole scene especially when they were leaving Malaysia on the night of the 17th, as there were many more fans who sent them off as compared to those who received them. When JYJ entered the arrival hall, the whole airport was a mess due to the fans' chasing. "The scene wasn't supposed to be this messy originally, however, because JYJ refused to listen to the advice, they left the car even before the staff have managed to finish the boarding procedure and receive the passport. This caused the whole place to be in a mess and many fans even fell on the floor as they were too busy chasing the idols and did not pay attention to the wall in front of them." The source stated that JYJ should be fully responsible for the fans' injuries with the reason that "as professional artists, they should first take care of fans' safety, however, they did not do that at all!"
Extremely late for showcase & press conference; buying clothes at the last minute
According to reliable sources, the reason JYJ was very late for both the showcase as well as press conference was because the Korean side decided to delay it on purpose. The source stated that, "After the rehearsal for the showcase ended, the Korean side said that they had to immediately do preparations for the showcase but instead they were taking their own sweet time while chatting backstage and eating. The organizer previously told the media that they were going to have an interview with the Korean side and that was why the press conference was delayed. But the real scenario is that the Korean side said that JYJ had no change of clothes and requested the organizer to buy them at the last-minute. After they bought the clothes back, they were unsatisfied and requested them to change it, but in the end, they still wore their own original clothes for the press conference and it was obviously done on purpose." Lastly, they used the excuse of having to rush for a plane and cancelled interviews with the media (radio stations, television stations) and only allowed 10 minutes of photograph session with the JYJ fans in a personal gathering before leaving in a rush.
Regarding these information, the organizer did not deny and only refused to comment.
Also, a Korean-speaking fan left a message on the web showing her disappointment in JYJ. "I only managed to enter the gathering point through much difficulties but I actually heard JYJ asking their manager when it was going to end. This broke my heart..."
Redstar says they're innocent
The fans who bought the 1000 and 800 ringgit tickets to JYJ's showcase have left many complaints regarding the organizer, Redstar, and how they felt cheated.The organizer immediately said they were innocent and that the sudden change in the schedule was all due to the unreasonable requests from the Korean side. They even mentioned that the Korean side had originally planned to cancel the fan-meeting just like what they did in Bangkok and Singapore but Redstar rejected it and insisted that they keep their promise. Last Sunday, the 3 members of TVXQ, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu arrived in Malaysia to promote as a new group, JYJ. After 12 hours of staying in Malaysia they left under the situation where hundreds of fans were chasing them. But due to JYJ not fulfilling the promises, the fans who spent their money could not have a chance to be in close interaction with the idols as promised, leaving them with both hatred and love. These fans have pushed all their unhappiness to Redstar and because of this, the "knot" that existed between the organizer and the Korean side one night before they arrived had been revealed.
According to sources, they only informed the Malaysian organizers that they wanted to leave immediately after the showcase that day a night before. On the day itself, the 17th, they, once again, suddenly used "the weather is too hot and the singers need to have a new set of clothes" as an excuse to have the fan-meet moved from Stadium Negara to the hotel, after the press conference. And on the night itself, they even went to cancel the originally confirmed fan-signing. Although photo-taking was still held, the originally 10 person per group was changed to 20 or 30 people. This let the fans who waited for 4 to 5 hours to only get to have close interaction with their idols for a mere 30 seconds.
Fans' rage on facebook
According to the many messages left on fans' facebook pages, they felt very disappointed at the "unsatisfactory" situation and most of them felt cheated.
One user "someone who bought the VIP ticket" said, "... some people even missed the train and bus ... just to be able to meet them close-up, however... this is only a waste of time, and we were even roughly dealt with as they constantly pushed up... when we took the photo, as soon as we took a couple more looks at them, we were being asked to leave... "
Zoe-Yi Tay complained about the unsatisfactory planning of the photo-taking. She left a message saying, "Because of your last minute decision, we had to queue outside the hotel for more than 3 hours, but after such a long time, all we got was a mere 30 second photo-taking session with 20 or 30 people... along with a group of scary bodyguards who were standing behind us. What's worse is that, we will never know when we get the photo and can't guarantee if we can get our autographed posters. If I had known earlier than the so-called "privileges" of being a VIP would become a bunch of empty promises then I definitely would not have bought it..." Another fan said, "I am very angry... After paying such a hefty sum, I didn't even get anything in the end..." This fan also added, "I really admire your newest slogan: 'First Come Last Serve'".
There are also quite a lot of fans who support the organizer and pushed the blame to the Korean side. One fan, Li Ern Mah, wrote, "We don't blame the organizer... As for JYJ, do they know how much we paid for the ticket? Don't they feel that they are cheating us?... If their agency does not know how to handle the job of an artiste then I don't know how long they can survive." She also said her feelings as a loyal fan, "I cannot bring myself to listen to their album for the time-being as it will only remind me of what just happened..."
Aten Teukie said, "I am also very sad... But I understand who caused this. (Including Singapore and Thailand). I don't blame Redstar and Marctensia... They even fought with the manager in front of us and Junsu..."
There are many fans who attended the meeting with presents in tow, however, the staff from the Korean side insisted that they place the presents outside and rushed them into the venue. One fan complained saying, "I saw many cute fans who were crying after the whole thing ended as they did not want to go home... JYJ might be very sad but their agency did not say anything... I saw Jaejoong receiving fans present as if they were trying to make up for something... but they did not bring back the presents that were left outside the venue.
JYJ fans' 3 biggest complaints:
1. The privileges for those who bought the 1000 and 800 ringgit tickets (attend private fan-meeting, take a group photo with JYJ as well as get their signature) were reduced to only being able to take a group photo with 20 to 30 people per group instead of the original 10. Regarding this, the organizer said, "according to the contract signed with the Korean side, other than having a showcase of 45 minutes inclusive of 6 songs, there will be fan-meeting with 400 fans with events such as taking a group photo with JYJ as well as an autograph session. However, when the Korean side arrived in Malaysia, they purposely cancelled the fan-meeting and under the resistance of the organizer, the Korean side agreed to have a photo-taking session but not have an autograph session."
2. The sudden change in venue and time for the meeting caused many overseas fans to change their flight schedules which caused the organizer to say, "when the Korean side arrived in the stadium for their rehearsal, they then told us that they wanted to change the fan-meeting to the hotel and wanted a change of clothes for JYJ as the weather and venue was too hot with many other reasons. They insisted that they cancel but the organizer stood their ground, which caused the Korean side to give way. They also allowed the fans who had to rush for their plane to go first.
3. Regarding the issue of being unable to collect their JYJ photo on that day, the organizer said, "the Korean side is very strict about JYJ photos and not only does it have to go through the photos that the organizers will release to the media but even the photos taken with fans has to be brought back to Korea before sending it back to the organizers, which will then be sent to the fans themselves.
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T/N: Take this with a pinch of salt please.