All my usual news sources for kpop are full of stories regarding the issue with the original T-ara members and now ex-member Hwayoung.
This issue is just funny and sad at the same time. It just shows how the media and the fans can be manipulated in picking one side or another.
I’ll just start with this: the original T-ara members have been picked on by netizens ever since their debut. I remember this because they had so many weird concepts before they actually debuted that everyone just made fun of them.
Truthfully at that time I didn’t even pay attention to them.
Then the good days came when they had some hits and the members were being noticed for their talents (vocals, acting, variety show skills and so on).
It was all going well until their CEO decided to add new members to the group. After all its more profitable to add members to an existing popular group than to start from scratch.
And here comes Hwayoung.
At first she seems out of place. She just sticks out from the rest with her build and her way of being but yet everything seems fine and she becomes recognized as a T-ara member.
During this time a lot of things happen, members get hurt but are forced to go on stage and do their job, they are being over worked, Hwayoung has her nip slip accident, but everything passes.
Then the CEO announces more members to be added.
Why do they need more members? T-ara already has members that are barely active (hello have you forgotten about Q-ri and Boram?). Okay, the fans get over this one as well. T-ara is turning into After School so how bad can that be.
At this time Hwayoung injures her leg and she refuses to go on stage even when she is offered to sit down. Good for her! Nobody should work when they are injured. But the situation is not so good for the others, hence Hyomin and Eunjung are forced to learn Hwayoung lines and they mess up on national television. You can guess that there will be some frustration.
After all, when Eunjung was injured she took pills and performed on stage and even carried on with her acting. And the other original member seem fustrated about the situation. So they scold Hwayoung on Twitter. Yeah, not a good move but still can you blame them.
Can you blame them all?
I seriously think that the management is the problem for this entire thing. First of all, being overworked will make people a lot more grumpy than they would normally be. Second, if you force some members to perform while injured yet you allow others to back out in the same situation, well you’re going to have a bad time. And the members will most likely start resenting each other.
And that’s what happened. The original T-ara members started resenting Hwayoung. She didn’t go through the same things that they did. She did not put the same effort as they did, yet she is enjoying the success of the group.
Frustration at its best. Its just a pity that netizens can’t see this from a more objective point of view and they immediately started pointing fingers at the company, the original members and they are making Hwayoung into a victim.
Again bad management can ruin a popular group. They should’ve left the group in its original state without adding or subtracting members, without rotating the leaders (Eunjung was a good leader) or making stupid statements.
Such a shame…