Extra! Korea

September 7, 2009

Despite apology, fans refuse to forgive 2PM member for four-year-old comments about Korea

Filed under: celebrities, music, technology — extrakorea @ 9:37 am

The Korea Times and Herald have the story of fans who are enraged at a member of boy band 2PM, Jae-beom. Four years ago, when he was still a trainee at JYP Entertainment, waiting to debut, he wrote some negative comments about Korea on his MySpace page. (You can see screen captures of them here.) He apologized profusely, in a way that bordered on grovelling, but that’s not good enough for some fans. As a result, the promotional activities of 2PM have been put on hold for an unknown amount of time. However, Park Jin-young (JYP) has said that neither he, nor the other members of 2PM, want to kick him out of the group.
Personally, I can understand how he could have felt culture-shocked and upset. He was, at that time, an 18-year-old kid, in Korea for the first time and all alone, since his family was still in America, where he was born and had grown up. While his comments from four years ago are definitely childish and show very poor judgment, it’s clear from his apology that in the years since he’s become much more mature and articulate.


  1. “Korea is gay.” “I hate Koreans.”

    Why wouldn’t they want to forgive him?

    Seriously, though, while it was incredibly stupid to write that in public if he was trying to be a public figure (e.g., an entertainer), let’s chalk it up to youthful indiscretion. I hope Park Jin-young stands up for the guy.

    Comment by kushibo — September 7, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  2. […] officially quit 2PM. This comes after some netizens actually called on him to commit suicide over four-year-old MySpace comments. Un-freaking-believable. Some fans have started a petition to bring him back, but it remains […]

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  3. Your post inspired me to write a post of my own. Thanks.

    Comment by kushibo — September 8, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  4. A young pop star saying stupid things? Well knock me down with a feather….

    Comment by The Sanity Inspector — September 8, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  5. Please help Jaebum redeem himself, show your support for Jaebum during this difficult time, and sign a petition of fans supporting a possible foray into the American entertainment industry. It is the only way that he will be able to redeem himself in the Korean public’s eyes. Plus, he has a better chance of achieving something in the US than all the other native-Koreans that have tried before him.


    Comment by 2pmsupporter — September 9, 2009 @ 3:10 am

  6. What’s with the last comment at the bottom of the screen capture?

    Comment by Teadrinker — September 12, 2009 @ 6:03 am

  7. He should point out that from the writing evidenced in those myspace posts, he’s illiterate, (in English AND Korean), which is the true source of his rage and confusion. Then he could become the poster boy for literacy.

    Voila! A PR Coup and he actually does something useful for once.

    Comment by Billy — September 12, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

  8. Billy, though you probably meant that in jest, it would make a good movie plot.

    Comment by kushibo — September 16, 2009 @ 7:34 am

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  10. […] come clean. He admitted to writing the comments, tried to explain himself, and apologized profusely.[1] He revealed himself to have matured a great deal in the previous four years. However, some netizens […]

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  12. […] because he divulged details of his “slave contract” to his friend during that infamous MySpace incident. JYP Entertainment finally stopped having “slave contracts” only in November, 2009, […]

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  13. they won’t forgive him because it’s true.
    they’re gay. male singers cut their hair like girls,
    whoever sees this will think the same. when you see
    male singers do their so called ‘aegyo’, it makes
    you want to vomit. guys doing girls stuff.
    but the korean netizens are the worst bunch of gayest losers.

    Comment by koreaisgay — November 10, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

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