Posts Tagged ‘Cassiopeia’

I read the news in Soompi about Kris of EXO filing a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his existing contract with the company. Though the details of this request for contract termination were not discussed in detail, it was mentioned that his circumstances are similar to that of former Super Junior member Hangeng/Hankyung who also filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment years ago for contract termination.

Though I’m not a hardcore EXO fan, I must admit that I was a bit shocked by this news. I was shocked not because of the fact that Kris was asking for his contract to be terminated but because of how soon this happened. I was somehow expecting this to happen some of the members of EXO especially considering how ‘focused’ SM Entertainment is to this group, similar to how ‘focused’ the company was with DBSK and Super Junior before. Add to that, we’re talking about SM Entertainment here who is a company known for its sneaky and unfair contracts and treatment of its artists. The long list of artists who left the company due to the same reason is enough to prove this. With Kris’ case, I was just not expecting it to come this soon because EXO has been in the business for only around 2 years. Well, I guess Kris has had enough of whatever it is that SM  Entertainment is giving him/them so he decided to end it as soon as possible. I mean if he’s not happy with it anymore, then why stay, right?

Just a word of advice to EXO fans from a Cassie who has been in the same situation years ago: let Kris be and respect whatever his decision is. You will never know what he feels and what he’s going through because you’re not in his shoes. Yes, this kind of situation is surely painful for the fans but you must also remember how much more painful this is for Kris and the other EXO members. Try to understand him and just support him no matter what. Taking sides in this kind of situation is inevitable but if ever you choose not to support Kris’ decision, then it’s ok to leave him alone as long as you don’t put him down. I know sometimes it takes a lot of time and courage to accept these kinds of things and move on from it. For those who have been following this blog, they know that I, for one, is guilty of taking sides when  DBSK was put in the same situation. I chose to support  JYJ and though I tried to keep supporting Yunho and Chamgmin too, I failed in doing so. I felt a sense of disappointment towards Yunho and Changmin so I just decided to let them be – I avoided watching their performances or listening to their music to try and ease the pain and bitterness that I’m feeling towards them. This proved to be effective because in time, the pain, disappointment and bitterness I felt was gone. I’m actually ok now, I can finally enjoy watching the two of them again, maybe not the same joy as I felt before when they were DBSK5 but at least I’ve already accepted their situation now and I’ve completely moved on. Yes, I still consider myself a Cassie (I always will) but I think I’m a more “mature” Cassie now, something that I hope DBSK5 members will be proud of.

EXO fans are probably still in the stage of denial right now and I know how hard this is for you but stay strong and support each other. Take care of all the EXO members because what they need most now is your love, understanding and support. Look back at how Cassies and ELFs responded when put in this kind of situation before and learn from our mistakes. EXO is a young  group and your fandom is just at it’s beginnings. This is just a challenge and a test of character for you so do everything you can to pass this with flying colors for this will be the foundation of your fandom in the years to come.

As what we Cassies always tell each other before: Always keep the faith!

It’s been a very long time since I last posted a blog entry that solely contains what I feel and what’s been running on my mind. After the whole issue about DBSK splitting to JYJ and the new DBSK composed of HoMin, I haven’t written a lot of opinionated posts anymore. I actually missed writing such posts and I have attempted a lot of times to try and write one again but I just don’t seem to have the motivation to write anything anymore. Maybe it’s because most of the time, voicing out what I feel and what I think of the situation hurts so much. I just stopped writing because I wanted to avoid the pain.

But tonight, I just can’t help but express what I feel by writing an op-ed. I’ve been holding back for so long that I think it doesn’t matter anymore if I’m being re-acquainted with the pain I felt because of DBSK.

For the past few days, I’ve been checking out information about SM Entertainment’s new group EXO. I was curious because a lot of the people I know who likes to listen to K-pop has been talking about this rookie group. True enough, they are indeed an interesting bunch of guys. I think their songs are good, they have powerful dance choreography and the members Luhan, Kris, Sehun and Suho really caught my attention. I was ALMOST ready to join in the EXO bandwagon and start fangirling over them.

But then everything changed when I saw a video yesterday while looking  up for some videos of EXO. It was a video of DBSK’s performance of Bolero during their 4th Live Tour in Tokyo Dome. I clicked it and watched the video and suddenly, I found myself mesmerized by DBSK all over again. I suddenly found myself crying while watching my precious boys singing and I ended up watching a lot of their old videos and cuts from their concert tours.

Watching their videos made me realize so many things that I think I have tried to neglect and forget ever since they split into two groups.

I realized that because I was trying to avoid the pain of seeing them separated, I slowly and unconsciously drifted away from DBSK. I busied myself with work and attempted to try to look for another K-pop group to like and support. But even though I’ve been trying to ‘discover’ other groups for months now, I still can’t find a ‘suitable’ one to replace DBSK. I don’t see myself following their careers and sharing their happiness and pain like I did with DBSK. At first I thought I might really be losing my interest in K-pop, that maybe I’m getting tired of it. But now I know why I can’t seem to love any other K-pop group. It’s because DBSK is really irreplaceable. What other Cassies say is true, once you’re into DBSK, there is no turning back. I think if you’re a hardcore DBSK fan, a Cassiopeia, it’s really hard to like other groups because DBSK is just so great that it would be hard to look for a group who could match their greatness. What they have and what they can do is beyond anyone’s imagination. I have not seen any other group that can produce a beautiful harmony as DBSK. DBSK is the most precious miracle that happened in Asian pop.

I also realized that no matter how much I’m hurting over the fact that Yunho and Changmin still uses DBSK as their name and no matter how much I try to ignore them in hopes of reducing the pain and disappointment I’m feeling, I still care for these two guys so much. I may be more vocal of my support to JaeJoong, Junsu and Yoochun and I may be indifferent towards Yunho and Changmin but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them anymore. Yes, it still disappoints me whenever I hear them use the name DBSK to refer to their two-member group, it still hurts whenever I look back at the interviews where they said a few statements that could have hurt their brothers but then I realized it’s impossible for me to hate any of the five members because they are still, and always will  be my most treasured boys who hold a very special place in my heart.

And lastly, I realized how much I miss Cassiopeia. I miss the Red Ocean, that awesome fandom who is willing to do anything for our five stars. Part of the reason why the separation of DBSK is such a hard thing for me to bear is because along with the group’s split also came the division of Cassiopeia. For someone like me who draws strength from the knowledge that Cassiopeia is still one and united, the division of the fandom was something that really broke my heart. During the early period of the split, I had managed to keep my hope and faith intact but when I realized that Cassiopeia is slowly breaking into two just like DBSK, I lost hope and I myself began to take sides. But after looking back at Cassiopeia’s efforts for DBSK in the past, after looking at how beautiful a united Red Ocean looks like, I realized that I shouldn’t have given up and that I should never give up. Yes, it’s painful to know that K-pop’s most awesome fandom is in chaos right now but I believe that there are still those Cassies who still believe in the five members, those who are still keeping the faith. I also believe that those who have tried to run away and find comfort in another group/fandom will still come back to Cassiopeia and DBSK in the end, just like what happened to me. After all, once a Cassiopeia, always a Cassiopeia.

What DBSK and Cassiopeia has is a special bond like no other. We are at a point wherein our relationship is no longer that of an idol-fan. DBSK and Cassiopeia have become one in heart, mind and soul. We are no longer two separate beings who can easily turn away from each other. Through the years, we have shared each others’ happiness and pain and we’ve been through a lot of challenges together. This is another challenge that we have to face and we just have to stay strong for each other. One day, I believe that we can pass through this and all of this will be over. We just have to ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH.

It feels great to be back home where I truly belong – to DBSK and Cassiopeia. :)

110622 Yoon Hyung Bin Says, “I Insulted TVXQ And Was Insulted By 180,000 People In One Hour”

Comedian Yoon Hyung Bin talked about a dizzying moment during his days as ‘Wang Biho’.

In the ‘Strong Heart’ episode that aired on the 21st, Yoon Hyung Bin talked about what happened to him after insulting TVXQ during his days as ‘Wang Biho’ in the KBS tv show ‘Gag Concert’.

On this day, Yoon Hyung Bin aroused the curiosity of many when he said, “Kang Hodong earned a Guinness World Record by shaking hands with 28.233 people in eight hours. But that doesn’t even measure up to what happened to me.”

According to the comedian, his homepage was flooded when he insulted TVXQ on ‘Gag Concert’. His homepage was visited by a total of 180,000 people in a mere hour and became ‘a field of insults’.

Yoon Hyung Bin said, “At that time, as soon as I said TVXQ’s name, the audience looked at me with sincere worry for my safety,” and “The insult I made was, ‘They have a fanclub of 800,000 but have only sold 100,000 copies of their album?’”

He continued to show the power(?) of TVXQ by saying, “When I looked at the ‘field of insults’ on my homepage, I thought ‘Wow, I’ve never seen those kinds of insults before,’” and “I’ve always been attacked by my antifans when I was ‘Wang Biho’. Usually, 20,000 to 30,000 people would appear on my homepage but when I insulted TVXQ, I attracted 180,000 people.”

Source: [tv report]
Translated & Shared by: dongbangdata.net

Ok, I actually never intended to post the official statements released by some of the major Korean  fancafes of TVXQ who decided not to support the two-member TVXQ but I’ve been receiving quite a lot of emails and queries regarding this matter concerning the Korean Cassies, especially from fellow international fans who really do not have much access to TVXQ info. Since I’m quite busy with work and cannot reply to each and every message sent to me, I have finally decided to post the official statements released by two of the more popular and bigger Korean fancafes of TVXQ – AkaDong and DNBN. I hope this somehow answers the questions of the readers/fans who have sent me messages.

NOTE: AkaDong’s statement was released early last month while DNBN’s statement was just recently released.

AkaDong’s Official Statement:

(FULL TRANS) The public announcement made by the AkaDong Fancafe

Hello. This is the chief admin of AkaDong.

Although it was more difficult than expected, 2010 has already come and gone and we are now in the new year. I wish everyone a happy and healthy year ahead.

And to all our registered members of this fan café that is for fans in their 20s who have been with us for the past seven years, I would like to say I am sorry to be coming before you today with this kind of public announcement.

I would have liked for all our registered members to have been together with us until the very end. ‘All five members are Dong Bang Shin Ki’ has been the founding cause that has maintained this café, but since it now seems that cannot be the case I am coming before you now with this public announcement.

In truth, this public announcement is no different from the one previously released by our admins but reflects the added weight of the opinions submitted by our members, which we predicted would be in accordance with ours. Therefore, one could say that this announcement won’t come as a surprise, that this public announcement simply follows naturally from our previous steps.

Then, I now present the collective position of the admins and the majority of the registered members of AkaDong.

Early last December.

Jung Yunho, Shim Changmin declared that the two of them would begin activities as ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki’. Through this action, AkaDong, which was founded and justified its existence as a fan café for all five members of Dong Bang Shin Ki fell into a crisis of identity and came on the verge of losing our identity altogether….because now the name Dong Bang Shin Ki in public only acknowledges Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin.

Of course, because by the looks of things the agency (SM) and the two members have unilaterally occupied and monopolised the name Dong Bang Shin Ki, it will be difficult for them to gain legitimacy or acceptance as ‘the genuine and meaningful Dong Bang Shin Ki’ in front of the other three members, the fans and the greater public through sheer persuasion.

The legitimacy of Dong Bang Shin Ki lies in the fact that Dong Bang Shin Ki is an idol group made up of Yunho, Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu, Changmin, and ultimately for the greater public, including the [3] members and fans, to ‘acknowledge’ them it must happen through natural and gradual processes it to be considered legitimacy.

Just because the two members, without consulting the other three members who have also rights to the name Dong Bang Shin Ki and against the wishes of the fans, declare unilaterally that they will use the group name doesn’t make the 2-member Dong Bang Shin Ki ‘legitimate’ automatically.

However, the current situation is that the two members are using the term ‘legitimate/authentic’ and declaring themselves ‘the true meaning of Dong Bang Shin Ki.’

This is tantamount to the two members and their agency unilaterally excluding the other three members [from the group].

There have been a number of idol groups that have disbanded in a similar fashion to Dong Bang Shin Ki, but this is the first I have seen a portion of the group unilaterally declare that they will continue to use the group name. [Such a case is rare] perhaps because [most idol group members] are aware of what it means to be considerate of their fellow members and fans.

The two members like the three members could have easily continued their activities without using the name Dong Bang Shin Ki.

In addition, they would have undoubtedly known that there still exists within the fandom of Dong Bang Shin Ki fans of the three members. So, it is only common courtesy that they at least first seek the consent of the fans who have supported them for the last seven years about the decision of make such a declaration.

However, the two members have not said a single word of apology to the fans but instead sought to aggressively establish a shaky legitimacy; this can only be interpreted as a lack of consideration or respect toward their fans. The only possible result of this is a large number of fans who are left disappointed and confused.

Moreover, if you are a fan who remembers the incident involving the agency’s decision to ‘rotate’ the Dong Bang Shin Ki members, the declaration made by the two members can only be all the more disappointing.

There will also be those who remember the negotiated document released by the agency and the five members. That document expressed the desperation of trying to keep the five-member group intact even in the face of the existence of 13-year unfair contracts.

The fans of the two members have chopped out the part mentioning the 13-year unfair contracts and are using it to distort the truth, which truly renders one flabbergasted.

The five members for sure, but also the members’ parents who requested the fans help in protecting the members, the fans who didn’t sleep in order to watch over the five members in the Yonhap Home (sorry, dunno how to translate this…literally means collective home), will remember the core idea of that document, which is as follows: ‘The group Dong Bang Shin Ki and its meaning is composed of Jung Yunho, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu, Shim Changmin. And whatever value or influence created will be attributed to all five members. Because of that if even one among the five is excluded or a new member is added, the result cannot be Dong Bang Shin Ki.’

Also, there are those who remember that the negotiated statement above in that document was requested to be made legally binding by both the agency and the members, and Jung Yunho’s father et al. directly requested the admin of AkaDong to put up the content of that document on the Yonhap Home/collective homepage (?).

It is an understatement to say that the declaration that the two members will use the name ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki’ has left not only the three members but also the fans dispirited. If fans ever have to use the term ‘betrayed’ it would be for a situation like the current one.

Clearly, when [fans] remained silent at the unbelievable situation where the three members came out of the agency whilst the two remained, [the agency and the two members] have flung the word ‘betrayed’ all too freely upon concluding that the three left due to ‘cosmetics’.

All the current fan cafés carrying the name Dong Bang Shin Ki are supporting the position of the three members, criticising SM for their unfair contracts, and continue to do so. This is to say that the fandom is not accepting the position of the agency and the two members.

“Why? Because there are still a lot of registered members within the fandom who are fans of the three.” Those who say this have no right to talk of ‘truth’ or ‘justice’.

If you [SM] truly believed in your position, you would have demonstrated to the Dong Bang Shin Ki fandom openly in a justifiable manner backed by evidence that you never imposed unfair conditions upon the members.

However, the fans of the two members posted on the Dongnaebangnae domain a demand that the three members take full responsibility for the current situation, stating, ‘although the agency is at fault…’ as their premise. This is because even the fans of the two members cannot support the claim that the agency is trustworthy.

Even when the five members were active together [in one group], the majority of fans regarded SM with deep distrust, and the controversy surrounding the rotation only made it deeper still. Notably, at the time, the fans of Jung Yunho were especially well-organised in airing their distrust and dissatisfaction of the agency and led the way in opposing it; this must not be forgotten.

The fan community centered around the two members have posted all sorts of distorted information on the three members attacking their characters; this is no different from strengthening the side of the agency by diverting attention away from the central issue of unfair contracts and betraying their very selves.

In addition, the court has clearly decided that there are reasonable grounds for upholding the request of the three members [regarding contract suspension] so that while the lawsuit is ongoing the three members are free to pursue independent activities and their agency cannot hinder them. Also, the Fair Trade Commission has issued a warning to the agency regarding its unfair contracts, and the agency says it is in the midst of rectifying their errors in accordance with this warning.

In light of these facts, one can only conclude that the agency cannot support its claim in an honourable way that it never issued unfair contracts when faced with the strictly legal standards of truth.

Through a formal interview, the three members revealed a year and a half before they filed the lawsuit that they were considering leaving the agency. Moreover, they said it was not just because of the unfair contract but also because of insults against [the three members’] humanity, which was even more severe [than the unfair contract].

Also, even before the lawsuit became a hot controversy there were more and more fans aware of this. Through this, many fans have come to not understand the position of the two members who stayed in the agency and felt they were betrayed.

However, the fans of the two members have labelled the three members and their side as the traitors and have taken it upon themselves to convince others of this. The distorted account of the 625 meeting is their only evidence, as far as I know. I have heard the correct and comprehensive account is in the process of being formatted before being put up.

What is certain is that there are fans who say that the two members were betrayed and there are fans who say that the betrayers are the two members, since it was already well-known a year and a half before the lawsuit that the other members wanted out of the agency. (this part is slightly confusing…I’m not sure I’ve got it completely right)

In effect, a lot of complicated reasons converged into actions. This is to say that none of this was a conspiracy on the part of the three members to turn the tide of public opinion overnight.

Then, as everyone knows, the two members proceeded to attack the three members through official documents and statements. To this day, the representatives of the two members continue to attack the three members non-stop in writing. They are trying to severely ruin the image and reputation of the three members.

In light of all this, no one can take seriously the agency’s position that [the agency] is doing working to encourage the three members to return to the agency.

If you [the agency, aka SM] truly desired to reunite [with the three members], you wouldn’t have used the long one and half years to cripple them with your attacks.

And because SM has a history of losing in court against its signed artists when in such conflicts, the fandom is supporting the three members all the more in this context.

And, notwithstanding the evaluations of the press on the matter, the value of Dong Bang Shin Ki in terms of internal and external economic impact exceeds many billions of won, which leaves one in no doubt of the value and power of the name Dong Bang Shin Ki. At the time, Dong Bang Shin Ki’s fame in Japan was at its height.

So the idea that only the three members ignored this fact and for the sole reason of a cosmetics business desired to leave the agency and give up their group is so ridiculous that one wonders how much persuasion would have been needed. Even the three members revealed in an official interview how frustrated this idea made them.

Furthermore, the reason why the fandoms using the DBSK name—even whilst criticising the agency, even in light of the position of the two members who stayed with the agency, even in the light of the fact that the group is de facto broken up—have thus far not taken a path that compromises the independence of this fandom is because ultimately the fans clearly understand the value in the name Dong Bang Shin Ki….Because a fandom that supports each of the five members in their activities, understanding that it is these people that make up ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki’, will project more power.

At this point we were willing to cover up the internal divisions happening within the Dong Bang Shin Ki fandom with formalities in order to coexist despite the factions.

It was also because the fans recognised that each of the five members had the right to claim the ‘value’ in the name Dong Bang Shin Ki that the fans didn’t step forth to break up the fandom.

Although we can’t put the nail in the coffin with regards to the chances of a reunion, the group as it currently stands is in all practicality broken up, but the fans were not willing to break up this fandom because under the banner of the ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki fandom’ we wanted to benefit all the members equally and be considered their gain.

However, when the two members announced that they intend to use the name Dong Bang Shin Ki for themselves it became impossible for this fandom its current format to equally support all five. In other words, with that declaration this fandom lost all means to persevere under the current cover of formalities.

At one point the three members stated that while they still considered themselves Dong Bang Shin Ki members they would continue activities under the project group of JYJ because they are aware Dong Bang Shin Ki signifies five. I would like to ask the two members what they think of this conduct by the three members, if they can’t see that this is the way to show respect to the fandom.

Also, another thing that added to the disappointment is that the two members are promoting a title song that is attacking the three members. Although fans are seen as ‘mindless bufoons’, we can’t be expected to ignore the veiled attacks members of a group make to their fellow members and leap for joy; we are not such thoughtless people.

It is possible that the three members who are trying so hard right now to convince themselves that what they see the two members doing was forced upon them by the agency, it is possible that these three will be one day able to understand the actions of the two. Because they were at once friends and colleagues. And it’s possible they will all forgive and forget.

However, for the fans and the general public, the conduct of the two members will leave ‘such an impression’ (this is being used sarcastically) that it will billow into a big controversy.

It is too much to think of…that within the same fandom, fans of the two members will be singing a song attacking the three members. This is something that cannot be tolerated.

Until when the other Dong Bang Shin Ki fandoms will continue uphold the original cause even in light of these facts and until when they’re going to try to maintain the current situation, I do not know. But even if we all continue in this manner with the way things are, our AkaDong is revealing now that we simply cannot.

Last year December, when the two members announced that they would continue activities under the moniker Dong Bang Shin Ki, our café closed off the majority of our menus and posted a public notice calling on all its members to deliberate together our identity.

And in order to receive all the opinions and comments of our registered members, we moved to a new board and even thought of removing the name Dong Bang Shin Ki from our page.

Yet, upon hearing the song sung by the two members attacking the three members and feeling an overwhelming emotion, we came to the decision that we could neither support nor represent the two members who dismissed so easily all notion of respect for their fans whilst using the Dong Bang Shin Ki name.

Henceforth, this café will erase the names of the two members and continue as a café for the three members.

And because the three members have every right to the name Dong Bang Shin Ki, which the fans acknowledge in accordance with the court, we will highlight that by not taking the name Dong Bang Shin Ki down [from our page]. Therefore, our foundational concept will be either ‘JYJ from Dong Bang Shin Ki’ or ‘JYJ in Dong Bang Shin Ki’.

Though it is true that there will be no references to the two members within the café coming from the café administration, we will allow discussions about the two members that do not veer into profanity and personal attacks because we realise that the agency and the two members’ representatives will continuously attack the three members, so it will be impossible to avoid bringing them up entirely.

This means we are going to put our best efforts into supporting the three members. Depending on the circumstances, our methods will be public and aggressive.

Finally, I would like to ask SM Entertainment. Even if they are artists who have brought public criticism upon you, if you use other artists (who are colleagues) to attack the artists that brought you public shame, public opinion on those other colleague artists cannot be positive. Undoubtedly, as a professional entertainment agency that fosters human talent into starts you are well aware of this.

So what is this? Using members of a group who for a long time shared the same meal to attack and belittle their fellow members in such a inhumane manner. Why is it that we’ve come to expect such behaviour only from SM Ent.?

And using the two members like this to bring down the three members, is this really for the good of the two members? Is that the best you can do? Have you completely abandoned thinking about the image of the two members in your pursuit to protect your corporate assets/investments?

If you truly do not think of celebrities as products, and as an agency that fosters idol groups to capture the majority of the teen fan-eligibles, it would have been nice if you could at least pretend to take on the responsibility and position fitting of this society.

Credit: @JaeShin_kel
Shared by: jyj3@wordpress

DNBN’s Official Statement:

Credit: dnbn.pe.kr

JYJ fans from LA placed an ad in a Korean daily newspaper in support of JYJ.

JYJ fans, jjang! :)

Credits: as tagged + DNBN + @Missy_JYJ_TVXQ + @TVXQHOME 1, 2

TVXQ expresses their thoughts about their comeback and JYJ

Worldwide Daily News and National Daily News recently met with the TVXQ members, Yunho (25) and Changmin (23), on January 11th at the SM Entertainment-managed ‘EverySing Karaoke’ event in Seoul. The duo shared their thoughts on their long-awaited comeback, their musical concept, and the strained relationship they hold with JYJ.

To begin, Changmin said: “The concept of standing up on stage for our comeback after such a long time was more nerve-wrecking than the fact that our group was reduced from five to two members. Once we stood up on stage, I realized I was a singer; it was really a tear-jerking moment.”

Yunho expressed, “I’m thankful to all the fans who waited for us. My condition wasn’t up to par for our broadcasts last week, but seeing our fans passionately supporting us gave me overflowing strength.”

He continued, “Musically, we kept with the same colors of TVXQ. We exploited of all our strong points to the best of our ability by assigning Changmin to the higher notes while I took the bass, all the while putting great focus on our performance. We were worried that our polar opposite voices might not match, but we ended up with a good result and a new color.”

Changmin stated, “We made some changes along with the member adjustments. If we put emphasis on a lot of us singing the chorus in harmony before, then this time, we’ve changed so that our music can keep both keep of our vocals alive; we’ve also changed our methods in expressing our emotions for the song.”

When asked about their reason behind performing a ballad song, “How Can I”, for their first comeback stage, Yunho answered, “We sang it because we thought it would have a mass public appeal. We wanted to approach the fans with a variety of genres by throwing out our ‘TVXQ: the dance group’ image.”

With regards to the new album concept, “It’s music with a middle-ground between our personalities and our harmonization. We tried our best in filling up the space of the withdrawn members, and we focused on masculine and dynamic choreography.”

“TVXQ is a team that was created by SM. Whatever their motive was for withdrawing from the group, we waited for them solve their problems with the company and come back to us.”

Changmin expressed, “We thought we needed to protect TVXQ’s name. When a swarm of geese prepare to migrate, they never forget to make the correct formation. I don’t think it’s right when a few of the geese who chose to broke away still considered themselves as part of the flock.”

With JYJ being unable to make appearances on TV shows and broadcasts, there have recently been an influx of speculations regarding the situation between TVXQ and JYJ. TVXQ expressed, “It’s not like our hearts are comfortable about this either. We are suffering difficulties, we just feel it’s more appropriate if we don’t say it.”

When asked whether the meanings of ‘betrayal’ and ‘regret’ in their “Keep Your Head Down” track was aimed towards the absent members, Yunho replied, “When you listen to the song, it is possible to think the song is talking about them, considering the similar situations. However each person’s interpretation of the song is different, and it’s only about a man who is sending away his previous love.”

Yunho also added, “In my darkest moments, I thought about TVXQ being forgotten. It’s true that we’re becoming more distant with those friends. We needed to solve this inner grudge but we hadn’t been in contact for such a long time, and as a leader of a group for 8 years, it hurt a lot.”

“When I was depressed, I rode the subway and wandered the streets by myself, and I learned a lot from it. I even went mountain climbing, and just like how I had to go through a difficult path to get to the top of the mountain, I also believe that this was an important time for TVXQ in order to get back on the right track.”

He continued, “We will definitely show why we’re TVXQ through our music. We will do our best in not being a disappointment to anyone.”

Changmin added, “We’re also aware of those who look at TVXQ in a negative light. Going on stage and using our fans’ support to wipe out those criticisms is our responsibility. We’ve come back prepared to take on that responsibility.”

Source: Worldwide Daily News, National Daily News
Credit: Allkpop

If this article is legitimate and has the correct translations and if Changmin and Yunho really said these things about the other three members, then I’m really disappointed and sad because I was able to confirm that indeed, the two of them have a grudge against JaeJoong, Yoochun and Junsu. I can’t blame them for having such feelings toward the other three but I just didn’t expect it to be this serious. I know they didn’t really say any hurtful things to the three explicitly but IN MY OPINION, just by reading their answers, I can almost feel the anger in their words. All along, I thought the two of them understood the reason why the three members left and that they accepted it because they respect the decisions of their close friends, but it looks like I was wrong.

It’s so saddening that their 8 years of friendship has to come to this point. I love the boys so much but for the first time since all of this started, I’m seriously feeling like I’m slowly losing hope. Everything that’s happened recently – the division within Cassiopeia, the controversy surrounding HoMin’s comeback, the bashing of JYJ by other SME artists and now the words of HoMin – is making my faith crumble.

I haven’t said anything yet since all the controversies about Cassiopeia and HoMin’s comeback came out. For the first time, I’m going to say what I’ve been keeping to myself for the past few days just to avoid saying something that I might regret in the future. But I guess I have to let it out now because I’m already getting tired and frustrated trying to keep it to myself in an attempt to avoid hurting other people especially our precious boys and my fellow fans.

I’m glad that Yunho and Changmin finally came back to the limelight, but I must admit that I wasn’t too happy about it. I cannot bring myself to jump for joy for their comeback because I still cannot accept the idea of them coming back using the name TVXQ, which for me was and will always be reserved only for the five members doing activities together. Add to that, I am one of those fans who just don’t believe the explanation that the lyrics of KYHD is just about betrayal between lovers and not directed to JYJ. Truthfully speaking, I only watched the videos of their comeback on Music Bank once and I never watched their other performances in other music shows like Music Core and Inkigayo. I don’t have the heart to watch it and I somehow feel like a bad fan because of it, but what can I do? I just feel like I’m intentionally hurting myself if I do that because I know that I still cannot bear to watch Yunho and Changmin singing that song that seems to be an attack to the brothers that they’ve been with for 8 years. I just can’t.

The bashing of SME’s artists against Junsu on social networking sites also added to the distance I’m slowly feeling towards Yunho and Changmin. I know it’s not their fault but the mere fact that they didn’t say anything to make the other artists stop is just disappointing. I know they have hard feelings toward JYJ because of everything that has happened. That’s inevitable and I understand that. But I somehow wished they could have defended or protected Junsu from the bashing and hurtful comments of those idols – if not out of love, at least for the sake of their 8 years of being together. I didn’t expect them to defend Junsu by coming out and saying hurtful things to those idols in return but at least I wish they could have asked them to stop ganging up on him and for those idols to not involve themselves in TVXQ’s situation.

And of course, the division within Cassiopeia. To me, this is as hard as the separation of the TVXQ members. I have always been proud of Cassiopeia and to see the situation of this fandom now is really very painful. It’s heartbreaking to know that the amazing fanclub that all other fanclubs are looking up to is slowly breaking. But I cannot really blame KCassies, for deciding to choose sides. Like me and the other fans all over the world, they did everything in their power to protect and preserve the name TVXQ until the day that they will finally use it and comeback as five again. But by SME announcing that TVXQ will only be composed of 2 members from now on and even releasing a song whose lyrics are seemingly directed to the other three members as their comeback song, KCassies were really hit hard. I think the announcement of SME regarding the opening of registration for the new members of Cassiopeia and implying that it’s the fanclub of the “new” TVXQ was also the last straw for KCassies. It was like that announcement was implying that all those supporting the three members and those who are supporting all five members can no longer be considered as part of Cassiopeia. It’s like robbing the KCassies of the identity that they’ve had for so long. That really hurt them a lot and that led them to their decision to choose between JYJ and HoMin.

I am not in favor of choosing sides but I do understand and respect the decision of KCassies. It’s hard to support a project or the people who are affiliated with someone who has hurt you big time. I’m sure the KCassies who chose to support JYJ from now on still love and care for Yunho and Changmin but it’s just plain hard to physically support them  (in terms of album sales) because doing that would benefit SME. It’s the same case for me. I love Yunho and Changmin but right now, I’m indifferent with regards to their activities. I’m so fed up with SME and knowing that the two are still under that company and are even choosing to side with it instead of the three members, I just can’t bring myself to be as supportive to them as I am with JYJ’s activities.

I am slowly losing all the hope and faith I have but I’m trying my best to hold on even to the thinnest strand that’s left in me. I’m getting tired of waiting but I’m trying to be more patient by thinking that TVXQ is worth the long wait. I just wish this would end soon because I don’t know up to when can I hold on to my promise to keep the faith.

There you go. I’ve let out everything I’ve been keeping for the past few days. I know some of you (the readers) won’t like my opinions and I probably will receive another hate mail again but well, I just need to release this out of my chest and my mind. I just hope people would respect my opinions and not use it as a ground for argument because after all, these are my PERSONAL THOUGHTS and I’m not convincing you to agree with me. I just hate it when some readers leave comments (or send me emails) telling me how wrong my opinions are and badmouth me for voicing out my thoughts in my OWN blog. All I’m asking is for those people to show some respect.

P.S. It’s my first time after so many months to write something like this again. I really miss these personal moments where I can share my thoughts to my readers. I’ve been busy the past few months with work so I only post the news and I don’t often leave my personal comments anymore. I’m glad that I’ve done it again today. :)

101024 Yunho’s Message on TVXQ’s Official Website, “Cassiopeia, thank you”

Annyeonghaseyo…. U-Know Yunho imnida.^^

The performance of ‘Goong’ the Musical has ended today.
I feel sorry, leaving the people in ‘Goong’ who are like family to me…
‘Goong’ has ended, but the character of ‘Lee Shin’ will always be in my heart…
To those who have stayed with me… I love you…
And… Cassiopeia, thank you, really…

Source: tvxq.smtown.com
Translation: ahgo306 @ OneTVXQ.com
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