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Eunjung quits Five Fingers in the wake of T-ara’s scandal

So this is big news: With the T-ara scandal still going strong in K-poplandia, idol-actress Eunjung is quitting her new drama Five Fingers, which just premiered 3 days ago. Wow. I knew the brouhaha was causing lots of concern for T-ara’s members’ projects, but never did I think the drama would actually drop her over it.

Backing up a bit, in case the scandal is news to you: T-ara recently kicked out one of its members, Hwayoung, which proved to be quite the controversial move. There were signs of intra-group discord (rather publicly displayed in a few notable Twitter exchanges between the idols), with conflicting stories about the source of strife. Some rumors pinned the blame on Hwayoung for being difficult to work with and unwilling to pull her weight, while yet more rumors speculated that Hwayoung was the target of ostracizing and bullying by the other members.

In any case, nobody came out of the situation smelling like a rose, and all eyes were on certain projects to see whether they’d survive the blot on T-ara’s reputation. Soyeon, for instance, has a supporting role in Haeundae Lovers, which seemed untouched by the scandal. Hyomin also had a drama premiere in the last week, the gumiho comedy The Thousandth Man, which doesn’t seem hugely affected either.


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But Eunjung’s role is a leading one, and she’s one of the more prominent actresses in the group, so the scrutiny was bound to be stronger with her, especially with the 30-episode running time. She recently also quit her tenure on the variety show We Got Married, where she was in a faux coupledom with Lee Jang-woo. You could argue that she was probably going to quit that show soon anyway, since their show relationship has been running its course. Still, given the timing, the scandal is likely the primary catalyst for the decision.

Eunjung’s departure from Five Fingers was confirmed by a senior executive at SBS’s drama department. The producers held an emergency meeting on the 21st to discuss the issue, and announced the decision on the 22nd.

CP Kim Young-sub with the broadcast station confirmed that they are in talks to replace Eunjung with another actress. Nothing is decided yet, but the name being floated as a likely candidate is Jin Sae-yeon.


Jin Sae-yeon

And I’m like, DUDE, she’s in a drama! You may have heard of it? Gaksital? You know, that light, fluffy show that’s so easy on the emotions that it’s totally obvious that the lead actress could hop on over to another station to concurrently film a second light, fluffy drama?

Oh, wait. No, I mean the other thing. The opposite of that.

Gaksital is just about as draining a project you could do, and it’s still got three weeks left to go. Five Fingers is a heavy melodrama, and the character is described as a tragic figure.

Unless… GASP! Does Mok Dan die?

(I’m actually quite fine with that story turn, which could make Gaksital even awesomer and darker. But I don’t expect that to happen — and certainly not before the final episode, if they were even to consider it — so I presume she’d just have to work real hard. I know Joo-won films 1 Night 2 Days on top of the drama, but let’s not take that kind of craziness as an example of ideal working conditions.)

Of course, there’s always the chance they’ll go with a different actress. Eunjung’s appearance in Five Fingers was supposed to begin in Episode 5, and she was to begin filming this Thursday. She was present at the drama’s production press conference on August 16, along with the rest of the principal cast. The drama just premiered over the weekend, and will air Episodes 3 and 4 this Saturday and Sunday.

Via Osen, My Daily

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Joo Ji Hoon is cursed, really

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I mean, he got out from his own huge scandal, after army period and everything, and his comeback drama must face a Kpop scandal?
Makjang the plot, makjang the production

As for the scandal, I read a little bit of it, and I really don't know what to think about. I never really cared about T-ara, but if you add members to an existing group, it never ends well. Never.

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exactly what i think when the scandal first broke out.but his movie did well though.

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I generally agree that adding members throws group dynamics off (especially when it's done as often as T-ara), but I think there are rare cases where it can work if it's done early on. For example, even though there was a mild controversy about it, Kyuhyun was added to Super Junior after debut and he's a key member now.

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Indeed, Kyuhyun was a rare case, but he was added at an early stage. I remember that when SM was thinking about adding the violin boy (don't remember the name) to Superjunior, all ELFs were out shouting "Only 13" and such.

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Yeah, they did add Henry (violin boy) and Zhou Mi to their Chinese subgroup and fans were picketing about it, but they quieted down eventually. It may have been more problematic if they were added to the main group.

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When Henry featured in SuJu's Don Don MV there was a big outcry among elf against him joining and that's were Only 13 started. Adding Henry & Zhoumi to SJ-M was still meet with rejections, to this day there are active fans that are against their involvement in SuJu but many fans like them as well--this was more of a reply to the other response. :)

T-ara's situation is a bit different after Kyuhyun's addition SM stated that SuJu was no longer a project group and that there wouldn't be any more additions. While T-ara wasn't like Afterschool and promoted as group with rotating members after the announcement of membership changes in T-ara fans either didn't make a big fuss or weren't influential enough to impact CCM's decisions. The company feels free to change members however they want and doesn't fear fan reaction

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I think also due to the fact that naturally, girls and boys communicate differently with each other. I know I probably sound sexist, and I'm sorry for sounding ignorant.

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WOW!!!!! is all I can think of...

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Not necessarily though. Lim from Wonder Girls was added to the group when Sunmi quit, and when the group was at their peak with "Nobody". I've seen the other members give her nothing but love.

It just really depends in the environment that the group is in. CCM made it so that they T-ara saw each member as rivals. It's disgusting, really.

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Well, actually it's not the first time CCM's in deep shit. Their CEO's a whack job, really. I hope he cokes on his own spit and dies in his sleep.

I mean, there was that time when SeeYa was in trouble for someone else's nip slip (repeated in T-ARA, forgot who was it), and then, they were like all ganging up on Nam Gyu-ri. I don't know the details, really, but Gyu-ri denied whatever shit was flung at her.

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"I mean, there was that time when SeeYa was in trouble for someone else’s nip slip (repeated in T-ARA, forgot who was it)"

Hwayoung, the girl who got kicked out.

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guys don't forget after school!!!
although they have graduating system also so maybe that's why it works for them, but nonetheless they add a new member every time they come out with a new song.

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Sorry, but what do you mean by that?

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Oh just realised he's IN the drama - lol

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Seriously. I mean, I dunno. I feel bad that this has to happen with his comeback drama. On the other hand I feel bad for Eunjung too. It's sad since the director was going to keep her on and treat the scandal and the show as two separate things (as anyone should) but I guess things got out of hand with the netizens and they were afraid of what might happen with the ratings. That's showbiz for you...

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Ya. poor soul. his road of redemption appeared to be peppered with thorns an pointed rocks. hope he could pull through this. was looking forward to this show only because of JJH.

Did not know anything about the T'ara scandal but did not like EJ as the female lead 'cause to me and my friends, she just dose not have the look and presence of a female lead though she did quite well as the young queen insoo - but then she was not required to carry the whole show. Sorry EJ, your look is not your fault but there's more reason to watch the show now.

JSY has the look and presence of a young innocent lead but she needs time to hone her acting skills and it's too soon for her to fit in a complex role.

KSR might be hot in sk but she appears bland to us even as female lead in the forgetable dh2.

Shin Se Kyung - she really shined as the young princess Chun Myung and she will have no issue with her acting... but will she not look too perky? any way hope they can cast an appropriate female lead here.

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Well this sucks I was gonna continue watching the drama to see Ham Eunjung act. Now that she is not in it, it's not really worth it...

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OMG don't quit!! the rumors are almost forgotten already.This is sad=(

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lol i really don't think the rumors are almost forgotten. people were pretty pissed about this

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and by this, i meant the bullying rumors

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The rumors are most definitely NOT forgotten. The Korean netizens are still furious about the whole situation, and this isn't going to go away any time soon. If you go on Korean news portals and read the comments, you can see that this is pretty serious, and k-netizens have lost all respect for T-ara and it's company (Core Contents). People are still rooting for Soyeon and Hyomin to be kicked off their respective dramas as well.

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Too bad there are no equivalent of "cleaning one's public image through military service" for females in the industry. =/

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Hmm, so what can the female artists do to clean up one's idol image?

Get shipped abroad to some prestigious uni? "Time for some academic achievements."

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Yes, especially after elementary kids were found to be playing the "T-ARA game" where a person is chosen to be bullied and ostracized. And if the kids don't comply with the rules or don't want to play - they end up being bullied. Parents/adults are extremely sensitive over this T-ARA issue since the idol group used to have (and probably still do) have a lot of pull with younger kids.

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Korea and rumors -_- I really want to watch this drama but it sounds like a weird porno :(

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HUH?

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HUH 2???

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omg lol icwud here

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Lololol, weird porno... Because I naughty, naughty.

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no they r not forgotten coz they r still rumors...T-ara's biggest mistake is that they r still hiding many things.

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eunjung is taking the blow... poor her... the scandal is really big... kicked hwayoung for some weird reasons and didn't end well...

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Yeah, for whatever reason the focus really seems to be aimed at her. I feel pretty bad for her actually.

The kpop scandal machine is pretty intense, once it gets someone it is clutches it really doesn't let go easily until some serious damage is done - scary stuff!

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Yeah and its all thanks to netizen for their awesomeness fight against bullying by doing an awesome thing they called "cyber bullying"

And its really sad that majority of the issues is aim at Eunjung (maybe as I feel that she is the most popular one out of the group) but it is really a pity.

I can only pray that she doesn't fall into depression (or even worse into the suicidal state given how crazy netizen can attack a celebrity)

And I apologize if this offended anyone but I am just upset at how blind-sided people can be in doing things without thinking of the consquences or how they can hurt an individual but I just want to say *sarcastically*

Thanks SK for showing me how gullible you can be in believing things, thanks for showing the world your fight against bullying, and thanks for showing me which nation I can go to, to learn cyber bullying at its best, and that it is a-ok to teach children that cyber bullying is a-ok.

Applause you!!

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BRAVO @ Lyna!!!!
second absolutely every word you wrote!!!!!
... and where were these concerned netizens when T-ara was ruthlessly milked by their own agency all these years now?!
how come nobody expressed their concern for them being overworked and petitioned for their human rights?.... oh, i forgot idols are not concidered human beings but flawless angels...
(my 3-years romance with South Korea come to a bitter end now ...)

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i agree with this bc all the netizen hatred is directed at the wrong source. CCM and KKS are completely at fault here.

tbh, a break would be great for all of these girls. they've been overworked for the past 2 years and this unplanned hiatus might be a blessing more than a curse.

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Totally agree with you! Cyber bullying seems to be highly prevalent in SK. Sure they have it everywhere but it just seems to be worse!

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This scandal reminds me of a poor talented wonderful person, Tablo, who have been victimized by cyber bullying. Now I am teary again for him, remembering his endless ordeal and depression. When will SK netizen and industry ever learn that this action is SO wrong?

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I hope any T-ara members or Eunjung don't fall to depressions & commit suicide like any other Korean celebrities.I'm so angry at those who cyber bullying.Those antis & haters have no compassions in their hearts.They can laugh at T-ara misfortunes.Five Fingers producers & crews were so cruel in adding Eunjung in the drama but then kick her out from the drama.I won't watch Five Fingers although the drama is good or not.I'm so sad that those some people in Korea can be so cruel to T-ara & Eunjung.I'm so sad Hwayoung did all this to T-ara,she can still have fun to herself.Why in the first place she join T-ara & not Five Dolls??? So sad for T-ara & Eunjung.... :(

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from small matter became such a big scandal. very scary indeed. kinda looking fwd to this drama. aigoo. poor eunjung. poor hwayoung. their ceo should take the blame.

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Agreed. Whatever was happening between those girls was pretty much the kind of thing that happens in groups of girls the world over - Idols or non-idols. Students. PTA Moms. Neighborhood clicques. Whatever. None of the rumored behavior was that out of the ordinary, sadly - what was out of the ordinary was that it became public knowledge to the extent that it did, and what is inexcusable is how ham-handedly management handled the situation. These poor girls. I know they aren't exactly BLAMELESS...but they do not deserve punishment to this extent.

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They don't. I know they got pulled from all their advertisements too and Eun Jung even got replaced on a website already. But, it's also a good lesson on being careful what you put out on the internet. No one would have known about what was going on (except for the girls and maybe the company) unless they didn't start going on some subliminal message tweet frenzy on twitter. It could have been solved internally if it was a huge problem but now it's all over the place.

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Basically the boss shouldn't have made the move of firing Hwayoung so early....he should have waited until everything started first

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the mistake was that the company decided to play harsh and fired HY without proper notice or chance to redeem whatever she did wrong (if she even did anything wrong)...the kid's only 19 for Goddness sake, give her a break...and it doesn't help that the public doesn't see support from other group members...it's like she was left to drown on her own...any sane observer will realize that something is amiss, so she was 'visually' ostracised (there may never have been any physical bully since there's no evidence...and who takes picture while being bullied?? or who is stupid enough to do it in public or while being filmed? No one...The girls may not be at fault, but the CEO pushing all blame on HY seems ridiculous! Not just the girls, I also fear for HY...just like the girls, I don't want her to fall into depression as well...victims usually don't want the same thing to happen to those who offend them...they just wished they were not hurt in the first place...

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OMOMOMO! So "Mok Dan" is filming Five Fingers. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/08/jin-se-yeon-to-begin-filming-for-five-fingers
**sigh** This poor girl. I'm surprised Shunji hasn't scared the living hell out of her yet. HAHAHA, jk. Well, I hope she's not overworked... :O

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aww ):

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I am currently enjoying the first two episodes very much =D But I am sorry to Jin Sae-yeon, who will be sooo tired from filming Gaksital, and I hope she won't take it up... partly also because her acting needs brushing up.... aaah I said it. XD

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I totally agree lo her acting is not all that...

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agree! i could measure her range of emotions in gaksital on a 10cm ruler..

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Ummm.....I wouldn't say EJ has the best facial expressions nor do I think she can act. I hated her in Coffee House. She had the same facial expression the whole time "the I'm surprised look" so I wouldn't place her in a great acting category either.

All in all I think everyone is to blame but the one with the most blame is their CEO. Overall it's bad for everyone involved. The CEO should step down and have someone else take over and recoup their image.

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Her acting has steadily improved since then. I can say one thing for her, she has an ability to single-mindedly concentrate and immerse herself into her roles. She emanated charisma and intensity in Queen Insoo. (Without all the screaming and contorted expressions of JSY in Gaksital).

In the synopsis and character profiles, there were hints of dark undertones in Dami's character, which is something Eunjung could have pulled off very well. Much better than JSY in fact. JSY has potential, but as of right now, she lacks depth in her acting. There were reports that the script writer has been changing the script to accommodate the casting change, and bets are on that Dami's character will be reduced to a pure, innocent (and BORING) Candy-type character.

Both the scriptwriter and the PD personally scouted Eunjung. They also did their best to keep her in the production despite numerous sources of external pressure. And I feel like they had very good reasons for doing so.

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@DBSK Another reason why they probably had to change the character a bit is to account for JSY's really young age. There are some things that an actor in her early/mid 20s (Eunjung) can do that will be frowned upon having an 18 year old do.

I also agree with everything else you said about Eunjung's acting.

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go watch queen insoo before you talk about eunjung's acting. nuf said.

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agree with you on eunjung's acting in Coffee House. was kinda annoyed with her facial expressions in there...

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I hope she won't take it.

Come on, she still has two weeks of filming for Gaksital! And I think she's such a sweetheart, I don't want her entering this whole mess. There are T-ara fans out there that would take this in a bad way.

I think this whole scandal is out of control, they should have stay with Eunjung. From idol girls, I think she one of the better at acting!

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T-ara doesnt have many hard core fans left to even care who takes the role.

But I agree Jin Sae Yeon should like rest before taking on another heavy weight character.

And Jin Sae Yeon is only 19. And Eunjung is 24. They need another actress thats probably a bit older. They said they were looking at replacements in their twenties. And I am think since their thinking of casting JSY than probably early twenties is what they are aiming for. And so many options exist like Kang Sora, Shin Se Kyung, Park Shin Hye etc. I think Kang Sora would do amazing since she can also play the piano.

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i pray that she does not take the part, I don't think I can watch the show in viki if she is the lead actress, she's just too plain for me regardless of her acting. plus Eunjung was born in 88 where she's a 93 i think, so the chemistry isn't going to work.

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eek I thought this wasn't real, if she just hang on I think she would have pulled through. More than anything, its probably made the situation worse, but again I guess we don't know the full story.

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OMG..this is a big blow for Eunjung seriously..

on the other hand...I don't mind Jin Sae-Yeon. I like her being Mok Dan..but that sound's like crazy on her schedule. But I guess the main story arc is on the two brothers so her screening time is not as hectic on the first few episodes....

Hope she will accept the role!!...

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I respectfully disagree. I hope she won't take it. It's too rushed. & I became a huge fan of hers in Gaksital, and I don't want her to take a handy down role that would probably be comparing her forever with Eunjung.

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That's quite the point. It will be a big challenge for her and if she can pull it...will be ++ for her career.

I haven't seen her much in other previous dramas. Gaksital is the first drama I saw her and she's ok but still needs improvement. I think if she stays possitive and do her, then why not.

I feel sorry for Eunjung but what else can we do...let's just move on and hope for the best. I'd like to stay watching for 5F because of JJH and JCW.

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I don't want her to take the role, she still has two weeks of filming for Gaksital!

And I think she’s such a sweetheart, I don’t want her entering this whole mess. There are T-ara fans out there that would take this in a bad way. No. There are other roles in dramaland.

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They need to write a drama about all the weird things that happen to disrupt productions...oh, maybe they've already done that. All things considered I really feel sorry for the crew and cast that has to deal with a situation like this.

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They did. You can watch On Air for that. There's another one too but I don't remember the name.

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The World they Live in/The world Within with Hyun Bin. But On Air is much better.

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:( I wished she stayed.

I feel awful for Eunjung. Hopefully she'll get by and pull through this mess. I thought she was a good actress.

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I hope she will stay too. I hope her career does not end here. This makes both parties no good. Hope she will get better in future.

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I don't understand...the title says she quits, but the article suggest she's laid off...which one is it?

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She was fired.

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Oh whaaaaat I thought she quit...
Wow I've never heard of a drama kicking out a cast member...

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She was fired the day before she was set to begin filming. In fact she was still rehearsing with Ji Chang Wook for the next days filming when they scouted Jin Se Yeon to replace her.

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Actually she was kicked out from the drama bcoz of the producers & the other agencies who don't like Eunjung in the drama.They afraid if Eunjung in 5F the drama will flop.So cruel of them... :@

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Couldn't there be a drama based off the T-ara scandal? Seriously.

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good idea! lol

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They had something like it in Best Love / The Greatest Love. >___>;;

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I thought about Best Love when the T-ara scandal broke out (and also when wondering about what the relationships between idol group members are really like vs. their public face). The kind of behind-the-scenes aspect of BL was really interesting, both GHJ's girl group and CSW's character. I'm neutral on the scandal other than thinking the CEO rather creepy.

I think the entertainment industry as a whole (whether Korean, Japanese, American...) is a lot more corrupt and unsavory than we think it is. So much that we don't know.

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I dunno...if this can be compared to BL coz I don't think EJ is as innocent as GAJ and HY as guilty as Se Ri, and the other members as neutral...but the group's evil manager seems a perfect fit...except the real one is a tad more idiotic...

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No that's more like Yoon Eun Hye's girl band "Baby V.O.X" story tbh with the youngest and the least popular girl "YEH" is now the most famous of all of them and such

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Well.... Baby V.O.X is hardly the best example, IMHO. At least I don't think YEH was bullied by her members. By crazy fans, yes. But the members are famously close with each other so maybe not?

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K-industry is getting scarrier....God¡ why so serious?! seriously. I'm quite neutral with t-ara issue but for god's sake they're too young!! Stop It.

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GETTING scarier? It's always been scary. This is not as bad (yet) at the whole 2PM disaster a few years back, but it's close and there will always be more of this type of thing; the culture breeds it.
The whole business is corrupt: it eats up young people, it presents an unnatural and unattainable standard for teenagers, the output is pedestrian and ultimately forgettable. (And lest you become filled with indignation at this diss of precious kpop, I feel the same way about Hollywood child actors.)
I feel sorry for all of them, really, even the ones who seem to genuinely like their life. I worry about their health, I worry about their futures, I expect them to stumble out of the system at the tail end, with nothing but capped teeth and cynicism (and if they are lucky a tiny bit of money) to show for it.

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Well said, Skelly.

A friend of mine well acquainted with the kpop business unveiled a reality that goes far beyond the worst things I could have ever thought of, other than the "obvious" - alcohol/drug addictions, sexual favors/prostitution, eating disorders, depression. These kids have me worry as well. :(

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well I always thought watching kdramas that bulling was pretty much a way of life in korea, though you can call it hasing or teasing, but it just bulling either way. As for the korean entertainment biz, dog eat dog dosnt even start to give an idea what it is like. Very Very ugly indeed and you do not have the scrach far under the surface to show it either, that fact that anyone shocked just goes to show the biggest skill korean entertainment has is promotion and PR that despite all the above as Denali has stated keeps going on, people still seem to think it all sunshine and roses.

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THATSS TRUE K NEITENS R IS FUCKING ...... THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. THEY BELEIVE THEY R GOD . FUCKING SHIT ....... SHOULD TARA GIRLS DO NOTHING HAH LOOKS LOKE THOSE NEITIZENS WILLFEED THEM FOOD . PEOPLE DO MISTAKES AND SO THEY HAVE TO CORRECT IT BIT THTA DOESN'T MEAN U CAN WRITE OFF PEOPLE CAREER.

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Yes it true.Why K people can't understand & support T-ara.Stop all this!As if they are so pure.If we international fans of T-ara can forgive & forget why can't they.If they think Hwayoung is innocence & being bullied by T-ara why she so happy going to Infinite concert & enjoying herself while T-ara facing the burdens.She also should have done mistakes to T-ara not only T-ara who done mistakes to her.I'm so frustrated why K people treat Hwayoung as angle & treat T-ara as devils.As if they are GOD who know anything about them.

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No! I like EunJung.
The whole T-ara fiasco doesn't surprise me at all when it happened bc some of them really has that mean girls attitude going on. (Hwayoung included) Put them together they go combust.

But it seems like Eunjung suffered the most. Losing CF deal, a lead role. I was excited about the drama. I will still watched it though for Joo Ji Hoon.

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It also doesn't surprise me considering the CEO of their company (Core Contents Media) actively encourages competition and threatens to fire members who can't perform up to standard. In that kind of cutthroat environment, members will always be trying to one-up each other rather than cooperating.

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Well this is sad. i honestly hoped that people would stop trying to get her out of the drama, not because i am on her side (i remain neutral until facts are proven by either t-ara or hwayoung) but because nothing has been confirmed and there are other actors/ actresses, and crew involved that get affected. People need to realize that if they don't want her in the drama then don't watch it or just skip her parts. Now she is out of the drama and those who are still in it get affected. The posters taken with her have now been for nothing as well as the time, enegry and loss of sleep used for them. The only luck they had was that her filming hadn't start yet or else they would have lost sleep for nothing.

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I sincerely hate thinking like this, but I can't help but think it. The entertainment world is corrupted. Who you believe is all up to you. Anyways, I can't help but think its some fiasco T-ara's company did just so then people would feel sorry for her. Last time I heard, their group was set to release another single/album within the next month.or so. Bad publicity is still publicity. This certain thing happened to 2PM years ago when Jay park was still a member. They made him look like he did something terribly bad, while fans pointed out that 2PM members were actually bullying him. To come back from that, JYP constantly made the rest of 2pm feel like victims as well. It's the cruel reality. You never know what or who to trust. No one will ever know the real deal. (Just using 2pm as an example)

The point I was trying to prove, Joo Ji Hoon deserves a successful comeback. Wait, that is what I badly wish for the guy. The actual point I'm trying to say is that this has just got to stop. I'm just annoyed by this "controversy". I feel like everyone just wants attention. I stand on.neither side, and just want it to end. Just because I find the whole ordeal fake. Now if Eunjung's disappearence in this drama shall faulter my baby Ji Hoon's long deserved comeback, someone is gonna cry.

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His scandal was his own making. Why the exception?

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He made his amends?

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Joo Ji Hoon? He definitely made amends for that already. Korea had a whole two years to get over that and he is more than sorry for it and has already gone through what T-ara is going through right now, probably worse.

And anyway, everyone's scandal is of their own making...T-ara's too. But no one should be punished to this extent. It's overboard.

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I wasnt questioning whether he did - I was offering it as the reason it should be forgotten by now

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I understand your 2 pm example, but that happened after k-netizens pretty much made Jay leave the country. They bashed him so much that he had to leave. It was when he was gone and netizens had no one to bash that they turn their focus to 2 pm. Now the Jay controversy was a mistake that he made and there was prove while this controversy is based on rumors which is much more sad. I'm glad Jay came back and is loved now just like 2 pm, so I hope that eventually Eunjung and T-ara can be the same.

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The similarity with the 2pm scandal and the one with T-ara are both internet related. Jay Park said some nasty things about Korea on his myspace/fb? page that was dug up and used as fuel for the netizens. In T-ara's case, they aired their laundry over the twitter universe. By putting it online, it's almost like they welcomed criticism and ostracization from the Korean netizens. I feel bad for Eunjung losing her CF deals and getting kicked off this show, but unfortunately there are consequences when you air your disagreements so publicly. People are gonna end up picking sides.

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True that. Everyone is all fault, so I do not see how netizens and "fans"can even dare pick a side when they are just fed everything, and they don't even realize what it is they are eating. Another example, that KONY 2012 hype. Everyone was into bring the man down, then when smart people actually investigated, the info in the video was all wrong. Which of course resulted to backfire and criticism (and the founder streaking in mid day light). People believe everything these days. They stand for nothing, so they fall for everything. It's just so sad.

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I totally remember watching the whole 2PM debacle unfold. But I never heard that he was bullied by other members. Are you sure about this?

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They were alot of allegations against 2PM about how they were mistreating him and whatnot. Most were fan accounts ('sasaeng fans' to be exact) and they spoke of how Jay was ostracized and people absolutely had to believe them because they were obsessed fans that followed their idols day in day out.(Ergo, they were reliable.) But as time went by, they were all proven false and people found that the pictures used as evidence were grossly distorted and badly photoshopped. But the damage was done and the boys even had their performances disrupted by fan chants and of them calling out Jay's name. It was all very messy, really. Another example of how manipulative the SK media can be. Hopefully Eunjung and T-ara can survive this. In my opinion, she's a really great actress especially in Dream High where I first took notice of her and her stint in WGM made her a very down-to-earth person in my eyes.

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The whole situation is crazy, if you ask me. I've been pretty unconcerned about the scandal - since everything is so vague, I don't see any point in forming an opinion that would probably be wrong anyway - but I think Eunjung is a good actress, so I'm sorry this is affecting her acting career, too.

As for Jin Sae-yeon as a replacement: I'd be fine with it because I like her as an actress. She hasn't really awed me in Gaksital, but she's likable and she's decent, and I tend to cut her some slack because she is very young (born in '93), with time to improve. Still, I'd worry about the craziness of her schedule, juggling two intense dramas at the same time.

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Dude...that is some crazy shit. How does your lead female get dropped just two days before filming for anything other than injury or an arrest? Does. Not. Compute.

Ugh...I just hope it doesn't affect the drama too terribly and that the woman who takes over does well. This is so...wooooooow. SMDH -_-

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PS. I also actually like Eunjung after Dream High though I don't follow or listen to T-ara. I hope she, at leaast, can bounce back from this full blown BS. :/

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I thought she can change her image or make a difference through this drama despite of all those scandals. This is pretty sad in her case.

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I am really upset about this!!!!! There were no reasonable proof that hwayoung was being bullied....i was really looking forward to seeing her in this project....I can't believe this....disappointed >.<"

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I feel so sad.

I was looking forward to Eunjung in this drama.

They could have done this earlier.

She tried her best to face the public in the press conference... and now just when she was supposed to start filming, they conduct an emergency meeting to decide about kicking her out?

How cruel. How unprofessional of them to kick Eunjung out like this. Those sponsors who forced her out, how can they do this. Ugh! I am so disappointed.

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Yep, I'm disappointed in the sponsors and those SK netizens over the whole bullying thing. Why concentrate on Tara group when it's happening all over ? Lame.

Whatever. I love the Chang Wook and Ji Joon but I'll probably skip this drama. Not really into melo anyway.

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It's comments like these that irritate me. I understand that it's cruel - but think about it from the companies and sponsors' perspective - if the public doesn't like your celebrity endorser, they won't buy your products or watch your shows (and you won't get TV ad revenue) - if you don't make money, you lay people off because you don't make money.

How can they NOT do this? Help one girl's image, or help their company with many, many employees and their families?

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That would make sense if the drama had poor ratings but the fact is it didn't. It was neck and neck in its time slot for episode 1 and #1 in its timeslot for episode 2. Even SBS admitted that her presence in the drama was beneficial because it brought in attention to the drama. The people who are doing the complaints are mostly tweens that aren't the audience for this drama anyways. Most of this drama is catered to the adjumma crowd.

Additionally a lot of the revenue that the drama gets is actually from international sales and the international community as a whole doesn't care as much as the korean population about the scandal.

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Personally, I thought that SBS was unprofessional in handling this issue. At first, when the controversy was at its peak, they released a statement that they were going to stick by their original decision to cast her and the PD himself was very firm about it. She went for the press conference, attended script reading, practiced her lines, rehearsed with the other actors, and was getting ready to film the next day. But then they fired her from the drama a day before filming starts and she only found out about it when she read it from the news. Apparently the discussion about firing her was ongoing for awhile too. The least they could do was to drop her earlier and inform the poor girl so that she didn't have to find out from the news. On top of that, the ratings of the show was pretty good, so dropping her at this point does not make much sense. It would have been understandable if they dropped her when the controversy first broke out, in fact, I am all for it. But as it is, what is done has already been done and there's nothing we can do about it anyway.

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Sigh.It's not a good situation for everyone.

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there goes my sole motivation to watch FF. Hwaiting Eun jung, I'll wait for your next project..

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Damned if you do: "I'm not watching 'Five Fingers' because Eunjung has been cast in it!!!"

And damned if you don't: "I'm not watching 'Five Fingers' because Eunjung has been kicked out of it!!"

All I feel right now is exhaustion trying to keep up with the news that broke right as I was actually going to get a good night's sleep for a change. Scratch that!

I was not very thrilled over the casting of yet another idol, but if it was going to be done at all, Eunjung was up there on my list since she's been acting since her mid-teens and had done an admirable job on her previous projects. But the timing of all this is suspect, leading me to believe that the sponsors were holding out for SBS and the PD-nim to ask her to leave first. When SBS dug in their heels and committed to her staying in the role, then the sponsors went in for the kill.

And we still do not know what exactly happened, because none of us were sitting in that conference room hearing the news. It was a no-win situation for Eunjung nonetheless.

I have always supported 5F and will STILL support 5F and its remaining cast -- especially Joo Ji Hoon and Ji Chang Wook -- no matter what. I hope and pray that this situation doesn't cast too much of a shadow over the emotional status of the production. FIVE FINGERS FIGHTING!!!

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I've been following the scandal since it started on allkpop, and theres just a lot of ridiculous comments/opinions thoughts about the whole thing. I have to say, I see a lot more mature, honest, unbiased comments here on dramabeans.. Maybe allkpop is just full of really young, delusional fan girls/boys? ..... and more mature 20-something year olds (like me) here in dramabeans..

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oh yeah, there are some vile comments that I've read on AKP. :C

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i stopped visiting AKP a long time ago! its just frustrating to see all the venom people spew there!

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Delusional fan people, for sure. But I know Dramabeans has a lot of teens like me (...well. Okay. So I'm 19 but still I was here when I was 16 lol). AKP is just a feeding ground for trolls and hate, and AKP kind of encourages it with the articles they publish.

I've been following the scandal too and it's disappointing. >< The saddest thing is I wasn't surprised by anything SK reacted with...they've shown a history of destroying idols completely over rumors and forgivable mistakes.

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AKP is trash. There, I said it. I erased their name from my favorites a long time ago. It's run by the companies to sell their stuff at any cost and the comments are written by people who are not always humans...

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I get the impression that AKP is written and visited by 13 year old girls. The stories that make me think this the most are about the idols' weight. All of those articles disturb me.

I have nothing against 13 year old girls. I was actually a 13 year old girl once.

13 year old girls pretty much drive our economy if you think about it.

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...I'm a 13 year old girl. lol XD
I try not to read the comments on akp because most of them are from perverted guys and random trolls.

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I wouldn't be surprised if this entire fiasco was orchestrated by the CEO. The other member Soyeon recently met with an automobile accident and there was a lot of controversy as to her pix in the ER being 'leaked' on purpose. The guy is a d-bag for sure...this may be his twisted idea of teaching T-ara a lesson to not get their fame into their head and to work hard. Like anybody in the K-ent world doesn't work hard?! *rolls eyes*

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+1. I got a feeling that the CEO is doing this to punish them, or to drive up the PR (but then again, look at Kristen Stewart and her affair with married director stunt, and look at her getting her ass fired by the producer, I'm sure every entertainment world is simply sexist against women).

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Please don't take Jin Se Yeon right now. Lee Kang To/Gaksital need Mok Dan. Production company can take him after Gaksital finish airing. Oh Mok Dan Kang To adore you right now.

There are lot of actress out there. Many actress want to acting. I really hope Jin Se Yeon consider this role after finish filming Gaksital.

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Wow, whatever happened with the bullying, I wouldn't wish this major career blow and public ostracization on my worst enemy. I mean, how do you recover from something like this? All because of some vague rumors and tweets?

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All I think about was how bad this will be for Joo Ji Hoon. Don't get me wrong, I do feel bad for Eunjung, but this guy literally trying to climb out of his personal hell and now THIS? I wouldn't even spare a minute to melodrama before but I was looking forward for this because of Joo Ji Hoon. I really just hope they can find a good replacement for Eunjung... Because whether you like or hate her, you have to admit that she's a good actress.

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this sucks seriously! i have seen Eun Jung in Dream high and Coffee House and i think she is a decent actress! i frankly don't care who kicked who out of the group...
poor JJH finally made it on the main broadcasting channel and now this is happening to his drama!

SUCKS MAJORLY!

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Eun Jung was one-third of the reason I was considering watching this drama. xP (I dislike makjang and angst very much.) She left a good impression on me from her performance in Dream High 2, so I was looking forward to her drama comeback. =[

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thanks jb,

Oh ! tommorow is the filming day !!

Any other replacement besides her !,

someone musically inclined ?.

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omg, like seriously? It's not fair that Eunjung is the only one that has taken such a big impact on this scandal. All the other members aren't as badly affect as she is. I wasn't going to watch the drama in the first place but now I definitely am NOT going to watch it, and this really doesn't seem fair.

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Since there is only a few weeks left of Gasital I think they had finished filming all the parts already. Just need editing at this point before airing it out. Jin Sae-yeon is probably free to accept another drama.

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Yep, actually all my heart goes for Jihoon..This drama was supposed all about him but now.. Damn! this is covered by a nonsense scandal like this.
I have never expected something like this happen for his comeback drama. I want his comeback drama will be BIG hit and success like what he did in Goong..Poor him :'(
I'm really hope there is something great behind all these controversy of this drama. Five fingers fighting!

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I'm glad that readers on this site are more civilized than those on other forums when it comes to T-ara members and the bullying rumour.

Anyway, I feel bad for Eunjung, she has worked hard to prove herself as an actress, and when she's got the chance to be the lead, she finds herself in a sticky situation.

As for the other actress named above as the potential replacement, I like her Mok Dan in Gatskital, but I think filming two dramas at the same time is just crazy. Though this could be a fat chance for her, but I hope she won't take it. There'll be more chance in the future for her. The same to Eunjung.

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This is where I fail to understand the theatrics and over-reaction of 'netizens'. I know about the scandal and I heard that some persons wanted her out of the drama, but this just makes no sense. No matter how I look at it....it makes no sense.

The rumours of bullying ere unconfirmed and the CEO is the one who made the decision to kick that girl out. Even if there was bullying, no one can pinpoint which of the girls did it and how can this put such a major halt on Eunjung's career. To lose the lead at this stage of the game, post-conference and posters etc is just...tch....how upsetting!

JSY can't replace her. That makes no sense. I hope the drama will still do well. From what I heard, the first two episodes were very good.

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"This is where I fail to understand the theatrics and over-reaction of ‘netizens’."

Same here. Also sasaeng fans, or extremely obsessive fans like Shi Won in Answer Me 1997. Maybe it's because I never went through a period of obsession like that in high school. Yeah, it's fun to follow your favorite actor's or idol's various projects, etc., but such devotion and worship of a person you've never met? And to think you have to right to determine what that person should or should not do? Or to spew hateful comments toward them? Do not get it. Netizens are scary.

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i don't care if you worked your butt off. if you're bullying another person, you should get fired. there's a lot of other hardworking people out there too, and they don't bully other people. i'd rather have those people than a bully.

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sorry, but there is no valid proof that hwayoung is being bullied. making an assumption based on some tweets is ungrounded imho

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if Hwayoung weren't bullied, she would've stepped out and denied everything. same with the T-ara members. if you aren't guilty, you would defend yourself instantly. those who remain quiet are the ones who are always guilty. we see it everytime. even Hwayoung's father said, "no comment". if all of these are false, it would've died down instantly. the one one who's denying the claims is the CEO of T-ara.

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There's no clear evidence that Hwayoung was bullied. And there's no clear evidence that Hwayoung wasn't bullied.

It was and is a messy situation. Honestly, if there was 0% truth in any of the rumors, it's doubtful it would have ignited a scandal to reach to these heights.

I think the issue at hand is much larger than whether or not someone was directly and/or indirectly bullied and ostracized.

The girls are young and they're allowed to be immature and mean without having to be scarred for life. And I'm speaking as someone who was, at the age of 12, was the target of a mean girls incident. (Aaaaaaaaaand unfortunately what followed were 4 years of social shut down and inability to make eye contact without a panic attack. --__--;; It wasn't easy.)

Girls aren't born mean. It's usually an unhealthy and dangerous way of dealing with stress when they have little to no control over their personal lives.

That said -- while I'm pretty sure there was some mean girls activity (how could there not be, considering the circumstances), it's a batsh*t crazy situation and I think all the players involved are in part responsible.

Who are all the players?

Anybody pointing a finger: CCM, their manager, the girls (all of them, some to a lesser degree than others I'm sure), the netizens, the public and the larger companies that are pulling the girls from their projects. Us.

Ironically, it's the people paying attention to the scandal who are giving it the most power.

If the public didn't care, no one would be pulled from their projects and Hwayoung might have quietly gone about her way to join a different group or continue her career is some other way.

But I guess we like our melodramas.

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Aliiiiiiiice - the girls are definitely not "young." Besides Jiyeon and Hwayoung, everyone else was over the age of 20 and most of them in their mid 20s. If the bullying is true, how could they be allowed to be immature towards a young teenager?

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There is absolutely no proof of bullying. Everything the netizens cited as proof were taken out of context.

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moose -- uf, you missed my point entirely. But that's okay. It happens when people get emotionally attached to a talking point.

A young teenager? The age difference between Hwayoung and the other members of T-ara are 1-3 years. If that. It's not like her ex-team-members are a decade older.

Wait until you're 26 or 27. 20 years old is young. Hell, 26 is pretty young, too. Girls and boys are still doing stupid sh*t at that age.

On top of that, they live in a bubble. On top of that, their world revolves around them and their popularity. They're in an industry that doesn't reward them for acting like human beings. There's a pressure to be perfectly perfect in the image ascribed to them.

Plus, their sense of reality is different.

Bad behavior is bad behavior. Pettiness and jealousy isn't cute. And neither is bullying.

But we're getting off topic.

If we're going to get mad, get mad at ourselves for engaging in this debacle -- is what I'm saying. In having a strong opinion and posting it online, you're just fanning the flames on either side as a netizen as well.

Siiiiiiiiiigh. I don't even know why I'm bothering to bark up the wrong tree, but let me just put in my final words:

It doesn't matter if there was bullying or not. These things happen with young girls and yes, 20 is still young.

Mothers nag. Fathers lay down archaic laws.

Not all of them do, but it's nothing to be shocked about when these archetypal tropes play out.

I understand if a person can perceive some kind of injustice and want to voice an opinion about it. But I don't think that when we choose to engage in this way that we should be surprised when things are blown out of proportion, careers are seemingly ruined and everyone's drinking the haterade.

In closing: if it's an ugly situation, we're just as ugly when we choose to engage in it. And are the ones who are probably making it even uglier than it would have been otherwise.

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Especially when your boss is the infamous Kim Kwang Soo, who poorly managed T-ara and other groups with his '30 years of experience' excuse.

T-ara's Soyeon interview before the car accident is the closest thing to their story as it can get. It's whether you want to believe it or not.

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If her father said "no comment" means she also have done wrong to T-ara & the company.That is why Hwayoung & family stop at "no comment".I don't think Hwayoung is so pure who doesn't make any mistakes.We are human beings do err & we are not GOD who is most perfect.If she is innocence why she keep quiet???She afraid people will bombard her like now T-ara is having.And for T-ara why they kept quiet is bcoz they know that whatever they will said K netizens will not believe.Whether its the truth the K netizens will never believed in them.So what the point in having a conference to speak the truth but will be bash by the antis & haters.Like now "some of u" who still believe in Hwayoung & bash T-ara although there are proofs that T-ara is innocence.

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..I recognize you from AKP. :( The negativity belongs there and should stay there. There are no proofs that she is a bully and based on her acting abilities alone, I think she is a right fit for the show.

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poor eunjung, i like her acting which is decent in my book and also love her gig in wgm with jangwoo.

feel sorry that all those rumors causing her loosing her projects. this whole fiasco just shows time and again how scary k netizens are.

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This scandal has the worst timing (or was it intentional huh hmm?). T-ara has schedules to attend to but some reports said the members had to negotiate with their managers/CEO to get drama roles on top of that. They've worked hard for their successes and reputation. When three of them got significant roles which premiere at the same time, this scandal blows up, for them and the productions.

Too bad, I was half interested in seeing her role, but I think it's not that bad a choice, as the public needs a little break to cool down their impression of her.

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When Eunjung showed up in the press con, I thought she decided to fight for this drama, since well, netizens' complaints weren't just showed up yesterday.
I think this is a bad move for her too, to ditch the role in this tight time. CCM definitely has bad strategy to fix this mess.
I don't blame Eunjung, we the audiences don't know the truth behind all of this, but I wish if she felt that she couldn't handle current situation, she'd gave the role up before the presscon.
Now it's bad for everyone related to the drama.
Anyhow, I wish the T-ara fiasco will be resolved as soon as possible.

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I think there were some youtube videos on the bullying and eunjung figured quite prominently. Well,why dont they bring eun hye as replacement. that should reprise the Goong OTP! hurray to that!

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That's sad for her. It's ironic that netizens and sponsors are so angry about the alleged bullying in tara but isn't what they doing now bullying? It's actually more disturbing me because they are so righteous about it, like they have a higher moral ground... I agree that bullying is wrong but all these rumors are unconfirmed. Innocent until proven guilty...

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i don't think its fair to judge what is the truth since we are not there to see who did what to whom. if anything, the netizens are the one guilty of bullying. this reminds me of the mob lynching of tablo. the mob had already judged t-ara guilty hence nothing they say or do will change the minds of these internet bullies. im sorry for eunjung because i really like her from dream high. i dont really know much about eunjung the idol but i like the actress.

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So it is like they, the sk netizen, go againts bullying with doing another cyber bullying ?? Tell me I'm stupid but this just doesn't make sense.

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Poor Eunjung... She was not even informed she got kicked out.

To quote from TiaraDiadem: "On the 22nd, an acquaintance of Eunjung said, 'Last Sunday they had test filming and just had the script reading yesterday and she can't believe she was suddenly removed. Now she can't do anything. She can only wait for the SBS drama producer's decision.'

Eunjung's agency said, "Eunjung definitely did not voluntarily decide to leave the drama. We haven't received any notices in her being removed from the show yet from SBS. We will make an aggressive response to the production side if that is the decision made."

SBS and the drama producers both have contradicting statements. SBS has said now that Eunjung leaving the drama is "not confirmed."

Eunjung's agency also said that Eunjung received more than one lead role drama offer, but she chose "Five Fingers" and is now extremely devastated.

Awww I feel so sad...
How unfair and unprofessional of them to do this to the lead actress at this stage of the game.

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this is all to do with sponsorships and product placement. what a big disappointment that they had to do this so late into the game. i'm saying goodbye to five fingers now even though i really enjoyed the first two episodes.

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this is just so sick how production company handled this situation: dropping EunJung the day she was going to start to shoot, without noticing her, her company or SBS itself.

and if they could find another actress for this role so fast, I guess, producers were planning it for some time, which makes it even worse. you knew you're going to get rid off the lead actress and didn't tell her?

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yep. they were planning to axe her from the moment that news broke. this sucks because i read on omona, she was practicing her lines just hours before the announcement.

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Oh, they really did it. I´m not so suprised actually. The scandal become to live its own life, just like every "scandal" in Korean entertainment.

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I love t-ara and we got married jang woo and eun jung,but dunno never love her in drama....so rather disspointed when hear her as lead in ji chang wook and jo ji hoon project...sorry but i prefet mok dan than her....big grinnnnn

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Karma's a bitch, girl. She should just retire and go sell rice cakes.

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I'm pretty sure you don't know what karma is.

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Its when you bully someone and she got kicked out. In return, you get cyberbullied and get kicked out.

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But the bullying case is yet to be proven. And it's not like Eunjung kicked Hwayoung out.

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since you believe in karma i hope you'll recieve accordingly to your own belief