JYJ’s album topped Gaon’s album sales charts for September and it is said that till now, they’ve sold over 350,000 copies. This is most probably the highest album sales record of all the album that have been released in Korea this year. They even topped the online music charts as soon as the tracks from the album were released online. The dramas they appeared in, which are SungKyunKwan Scandal, Miss Ripley and Protect the Boss, have all been extremely popular and the members themselves have been praised for their acting skills.
But JYJ are currently unable to appear on music programs as singers. Though they top album charts, though they are popular and though they are the forerunners of the Hallyu Wave, they are unable to appear on music programs. They are unable to, even though they want to. It’s quite a strange and unfair thing for them. What’s even stranger is that though they sell so many albums and though they top online music charts, their names can never be found on any of the ranking charts of the three major broadcasting companies’ music programs.
There’s a rumor flying around that Infinite Challenge may once more have disciplinary action taken against it by the Korea Communications Standards Commission. The reason is because of the recent car explosions and PD Journal reported that it was because the scene was aired without an advance warning. No one knows what will happen but as Infinite Challenge isn’t the first production to have car explosions included in its broadcasted footage, it’s quite strange to suddenly have them pushed into the spotlight for it.
Kim Eo Joon’s Unconventional Advice has had quite high ratings amongst the MBC radio programs and has been ranked high as a Podcast. But suddenly, the news has been delivered that the show has been scrapped. The program’s only been around for six months and has been steadily gaining much popularity over this period of time, so it’s hard to believe that this show is suddenly getting the axe. Now that we look back, we can see that Yoon Do Hyun’s Two O’clock Date, which featured Kim Eo Joon, has also disappeared. It couldn’t be that the show is being scrapped just because of Kim Eo Joon but it’s quite a strange incident indeed.
Similarity 2. They are all fighting with something big.
JYJ fought and are still fighting SM, a major entertainment agency. They filed a lawsuit against their unjust contract and the Courts accepted their injunction request. Their opponent SM is undisputedly the largest entertainment agency in Korea. But that is not to say that SM is linked to what has happened to JYJ till now. We are merely trying to get across the fact that JYJ are currently up against the nation’s top entertainment agency.
Infinite Challenge is fighting against social irregularities. They fought for the Dokdo issue, and they take on the role of letting the world know of those who are suffering in areas that aren’t that well-known. But they don’t show these outright and instead opt to show allusions here or here amidst the fun and laughter they provide. It’s a very classy way of social criticism and a very sophisticated method of social participation. But as always, Evil is strong and powerful. It can’t be denied that the bad points, problems and irregularities of society are too strong of an opponent.
Kim Eo Joon is fighting with vested interests. He often uses swearwords to give a piercing admonition against it. Kim Eo Joon is the person who is willing to boldly take on issues that others were too afraid to even mention. With no vested interest in anything, he has placed himself within his own kingdom that he himself built and has been fighting off the pressure from vested interests that continue to attack him. He had to give up his own vested rights to fight against a strong opponent.
Similarity 3. They are all staying afloat thanks to their strong fandoms.
One of the major reasons why JYJ have been doing well despite the fact that they haven’t been able to appear on music programs is because of their fans. These fans support their stars, though they are unable to see JYJ on TV, and are waiting by JYJ’s side for the day that these strange events disappear for good.
The fanatics of Infinite Challenge have been strongly demanding that Infinite Challenge be left alone. Many fans, with the thought that Infinite Challenge should be protected, have come together with the show as their center. It seems that they are willing to even collect money from their own pockets if it means that the show can keep going. They have interpreted the messages given to them by Infinite Challenge and are working alongside the show in harmony.
Kim Eo Joon’s fans are giving him their full support. They know that he will continue living life in his own way and he in return is giving them the encouragement, ‘Don’t back down!’. This could also be something that he’s saying to himself. Though he knows that there are many fans who have his back, he cares deeply for his fans as though he is all alone. And though his fans complain and act indifferent, they are willing to step up and defend him if needed.
There are countless people in the world who share similarities. It’s not an amazing thing. It may be that the three similarities these three groups share aren’t that amazing after all. But considering the fact that we feel pity at the first similarity that they are faced with unjust events, pride at the second similarity that they are fighting a strenuous battle against very powerful vested rights, and electrifying fear at the third similarity that without the strong foundation of a fandom to support them, they could have disappeared without a trace, one could also feel that these similarities are truly something special. It could just be a feeling.
There has always been the saying that if coincidences keep occurring, then it’s not an accident, it’s fate. But what stands out more than this statement is the saying that, ‘If coincidences keep occurring, then it was planned from the start’ because this feels closer to the reality that we live in. Whatever the case, we pray that these three teams no longer have to suffer from strange events that are unacceptable.
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