WHY PARK JAEBUM LEFT 2PM & KOREA
September 8, 2009, 10:48 PM
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Although my main reason for writing this entry was due to my dissatisfaction about one of my favorite Korean boyband’s sudden turn of events, I’m mainly writing this to inform people about Korean netizens (Korean term for a person who is actively online).  I just want people to know about a regular guy who chased his dreams and debuted in a group that gained fans and success through their genuine personalities and talent, only to lose it within a matter of days due to a growing trend of threats from Korean cyber users.

If you’re wondering why your Twitter or Facebook updates have suddenly appeared with the words “Jaebum” or “Jay Park”, I’ll tell you exactly why.

If you’re completely lost about the K-pop world then you probably don’t know about the controversy regarding Korea’s popular idol group, 2PM.  2PM is a 7-member male idol group that debuted in Fall 2008.  Within a year, the 7 boys were able to top numerous music charts all over Korea and Thailand all while winning over fans through their playful and genuine personality on various variety shows.

After a controversy emerged on the brink of their 1 Year Anniversary, the leader of 2PM, Park Jaebum or Jay Park, announced on September 8th, 2009 that he would be leaving the group after only a year since debut.

The reason for his sudden decision to leave Korea and go back to his home in Seattle? After netizens got a hold of Jaebum’s myspace, they went through his conversations with his best friend and brought attention to some of his comments concerning Korea.  One of Jaebum’s comments stated “Korea is gay … I hate Koreans,” causing an uproar within the Korean online community.  As a result, Korean netizens left vulgar comments telling him to leave Korea and go back to America, as well as creating petitions for him to either get out of Korea or stop any further 2PM activities.

Jaebum then released an apology statement:

Hello everyone this is 2PM’s Park Jaebum. I would like to apologize on behalf of the comments I had made through Myspace a few years ago. I’m sorry.

As I tell all of you about how I felt that time, I also would like to apologize. In January of 2005, I came to Korea as a high school student. I was born in the States and I had insufficient knowledge of how Korea is. Being it my first time, I couldn’t communicate with others, my taste buds didn’t fit, and I barely knew the culture which I couldn’t understand. I felt as though I was treated coldly by the people around me as my family was left in the States. It was such a difficult situation where I didn’t even know if I was going to debut. Due to many hardships, things were getting too hard and I was getting lonely being homesick. I had the thoughts of quitting and I wanted to go back to my family in the States. The comment based on the Korea part: I wrote that because of my personal situation I was placed in and my emotions took over. I was too young and said things in the wrong words. I was too foolish, young, and facing difficulties where I made the mistake into turning my surroundings worse. Time passed by and I forgot that I had even written them. I am now embarrassed and truly sorry of those comments I had made. After that time, I had adjusted to everything and my thoughts have changed tremendously as I thank the people around me to get me to perform on stage in any situation. Those comments were made four years ago, but I am a different person now. To my family, Hottests, members of 2PM, and those who love 2PM, I am truly sorry. From now on, I hope that there will be no mistakes like this ever again. I will say it one more time that I am truly sorry.

-2PM’s Jaebum-

The reason so many fans are upset about Jaebum’s departure is the fact that these comments were made back in March 2005 – four years ago.  Back in 2005, Jaebeom at 18 years old, left his home in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dreams in Korea.  Jaebum was extremely Americanized and had little knowledge about his own culture.  Imagine leaving your home of 18 years to go to a country whose cultures differ greatly from what you’re used to.  If you’re Asian, you’re probably aware that if you can’t speak your native language proficiently and you go back to your home country, you’re looked down upon.  He was unfamiliar with the food, practically alone, and was training hard for a future he was unsure of.  Some of you may be unfamiliar with a trainee’s life in Korea but it’s quite rigorous.  You’re expected to give up everything and put all your strength into training without having the security of knowing what lies ahead for you.  Even so, Jaebum persevered and debuted in 2008.

Here’s a video of Jaebum’s trainee life from the show Hot Blood with his members:

I’m not justifying Jaebum’s comments but I can understand what would lead him to say such things.  He was having a conversation with a friend (that all of us have had) and he happened to vent about something that was bothering him.  As an American, I can understand the use of Jaebum’s words and although to native Koreans it may mean one thing, the term “gay” is used very loosely in society (although it shouldn’t be).  Regardless, any fan of 2PM or specifically, Jaebum, have witnessed through variety shows, performances, and fan meetings that Jaebum has changed since those four years and his positive perspective of Korea is evident as well.

Amidst the drama, Jaebum’s fellow members left words of encouragement on their Cyworld (Korea’s Myspace), showing their support for Jaebum and gratitude towards Hottests (fanclub of 2PM).  However, these messages were removed after netizens criticized the band mates for sticking up for their member, telling them to leave with Jaebum to America.

Wooyoung’s Cyworld:

The title read ‘Hottest… Thank you ^^’ and on the side bar ‘2PM, we are not 7 members, we are one.’

Chansung’s Cyworld:

His Cyworld stated ‘Let’s walk together’ but was later removed when a netizen responded with ‘Walk to where? America?’

However, even after his apology, netizens found it to be insincere and continued to fuel the hate by creating a petition for Jaebum to commit suicide.  Their way of handling things has been referred to as “witch hunting”.  As absurd as it sounds, that’s exactly how I would describe it.  In the past when a celebrity did something unsatisfactory in netizen’s eyes, they would bombard their Cyworld with harsh comments and vulgar language.  Some celebrities just close down their Cyworld while others cave in and commit suicide.  You’re probably thinking this is a rare occurance but unfortunately in 2009 alone there were 6 suicides commited after attacks from Korean netizens.  They have also gone as far as poisioning food given to the celebrity (Yunho of TVXQ) and throwing various objects at them to express their hate.  Fortunately, Jaebum did not experience any of these but instead dealt with verbal abuse. Click here for an article concerning netizens and suicides.

Some things that netizens said to Jaebum through these petitions were:

“You’re Korean-American…which means you are neither Korean nor American. You belong in the “garbage” category.”

“Go home you Yankee.”

“Producers should immediately stop promoting foreigner entertainers. They only succeed here because they don’t have a chance in hell in America!”

“He’s changed from the person he was 4 years ago? No one changes in that timespan.  He’s full of sh*t.”

I know some Korean Americans who are offended by the fact that Korean netizens are acting as if they are of a difference race or some sort.  Many Korean Americans have also expressed their “disgust”  to those who have said such things.  I think it’s sad that due to a statement made four years ago, netizens are going against people of their own nationality that are just located in a different region.  I particularly thought the harshest comment was categorizing Jaebum as “garbage”.  Regardless of his mistake, he is still human and should still be treated and considered as one. Being human also means that mistakes are bound to be made.  What irks me is that these netizens act as if they have never done anything wrong and feel as if they have the right to attack someone just because they are in the spotlight.  I just wonder how they would feel if others were to point out something that they’ve done in the past and even after apologizing still not be forgiven but asked to give up your life as a means of redemption?

On September 8th, Jaebum left a message stating that he was to leave 2PM and return back home that day.

His statement read:

“Hello, I’m 2PM’s Jaebum. I’m sorry for giving you my last greeting through this letter. I think it will be hard for me to see you all on stage because of my sorry heart. I’m really sorry to everyone, and I’m even more sorry to the fans who have shown me love.

From today, I will leave 2PM.

2PM boys, I’m really sorry to the boys and I’m sorry I couldn’t be strong as a leader and a hyung and have to leave like this.

However, I hope you will be more cool and charming.

Again, I’m sorry.”

At 4:30 P.M., Jaebum arrived at Incheon airport surrounded with around 400 fans, hoping to prevent him from leaving.  As Jaebum went through baggage inspection, fans cried and begged for him to stay.

An account of Jaebum at the airport:

Sports Seoul.com was able to talk to Jaebum on the 8th 6:10 PM inside the Incheon Airport departure Lounge. The first things out of his mouth was “I apologize..I’m sorry.”

He said “What more can I say? I am just so sorry to the loving fans and the members who had trusted me and followed me.” He added, “I am sorry that I had to leave this way, I did not fulfill my responsibilities as a leader and was just a burden, so I decided on leaving the group.”

When they asked him about his plans in America, he talked about music. He said, “I am planning to study music in America” and “have a time of reflection. I want to show a more mature side both personally and musically.”

He also avoided answering questions regarding his plan to return to Korea. His expression showed that it was too early to be discussing about comeback plans. Instead, he expressed, “I want to thank the fans who had come out to the airport,” and “I will stay healthy in America. I will come back as a better person.”

There have now been news update that the person behind  Jaebum’s career downfall is a school girl.  The girl has asked for forgiveness and apologized for causing all of this, but Hottests (2PM’s fans) have repeatedly stated that they can not forgive her but will not use vulgar language, insult, or bash her as she and many other netizens did to Jaebum.

Jaebum’s departure also led to the sudden surfacing of new Myspace comments where Jaebum expressed his true reason to coming to Korea and his love for his nationality. Many have speculated that netizens did not think that Jaebum would quit the band and began to feel guilty.  However, 2PM’s former leader Park Jaebum has already safely landed in Seattle.

Netizens released more recent comments from his Myspace:

“Or I could come back.. Get my GED and go to Shoreline CC.. and I would be pretty happy…
surrounded by friends and people who care for me… (this reflects that in Korea, he doesn’t have
any friends or people that care for him)
but I wouldn’t be able to make as much money…So I
would be able to buy my mother nice things… and help with debts and stuff… my mom said
to just come back… or do whatever makes me happy.. I don’t know what to do…”

So now 2PM is left without their leader due to the netizens whose leisure rest in digging up celebrities’ pasts and Hottests can no longer see the seven boys perform together as one.  I feel that this has gotten out of hand and it’s crazy that Jaebum had to leave due to mere Myspace comments.  It’s not as if he committed a crime, he just made an offensive statement in which he has stated that he regrets and is embarrassed by.  Despite the fact that Jaebum feels as if he has failed as a leader, fans are still continuing to show their support by showing up at his company’s office (in Korea and New York) leaving post-it notes all over the building. (The words say ‘Jaebum, stay strong’, ‘Leadja, don’t go’, etc.)

Thanks to another case of Korean netizens cyber bullying, 7 boys who trained years together, shedding sweat and tears, are now stripped from their dreams. Anyone who knew of 2PM knew the boys had a great future ahead of them. To top it all off, thousands of their fans have now lost the leader of a band that they’ve seen grow from mere trainees to hard working idols.  Future plans for 2PM are unknown at the moment, but no matter what, 2PM will never be the same without their leader.  Whatever Jaebum chooses, I hope we all respect his decision and realize that in the end it’s his well being and happiness that is important.

I thank you for the taking your time to read this and see why so many fans are distraught at the moment.  Please understand Jaebum and Korean celebrities who are heavily scrutinized in Korea.  Spread the word about Jaebum’s unjust treatment by Korean netizens. To Hottests, let’s continue to support Jaebum and 2PM, always!  Let’s show that Jaebum is the best leader and know that we will always be his fans no matter where he is.

Jaebum singing and showing his playful side on a Korean variety show:

After I posted this, many celebrities and friends of Jaebum have expressed their support and grief.  I feel the need to put these up to show how many people support him and to give a glimpse of what he was like as a person.

2PM’s Kim Junsu wrote on his Cyworld:

Autumn has come through the wind
The smell of the autumn has come so suddenly
And is making these times stumble
The high and blue sky
It’s so clear that my eyes are chilled
It keeps bringing tears to my eyes
Even looking at the sky makes me tear up
This 2009 autumn…

credits: oneday-room (for cap) and G-race @ 2ONEDAY (TRANS)

2AM’s Jokwon (very close friend and label mate of Jaebum):

The first song that we practiced to together…
Our beating and nervous hearts…

I will continue to pray for you.                                                                                                                                                          I hope you don’t have a difficult trip…

I trust that you will become healthier
Because you are our hyung (older brother)

CREDITS; JO KWON’S CYWORLD; JIYO @ 2ONEDAY.COM (TRANS)

F.T Island’s leader Choi Jonghun left a message on his Cyworld (Some of you may not know that Jonghun was also criticized by netizens for being a ‘playboy’ after they dug up pictures of his past gf’s.  They also started a rumor stating he got a girl pregnant.) :

“Isn’t the world too scary? The past is the past… I understand the feeling of that person who is in trouble now…Fighting!”

Credit : Kor – Thai by Tik@2pm-online.com, Thai-Eng by offogato@2pm-online.com

Baekkga of Koyote wrote the following on his hompage (He too was a victim of netizens, claiming him as a ‘pervert’) — I personally think everything he said was true and I hope netizens read this:

On the 9th at 2:29AM, Bbaekga revealed on his homepage that “The scary people that mercilessly ran at me, calling me shameless, are now sending away my dongseng like person. When I heard and read the news I thought again that this is a place of many scary people.”

He added “Even though this witch-hunting crowd, pointing fingers and pushing them into places where they can’t get out, has been repeated in the past, they continue, and it makes my teeth tremble”.

Additonally, he expressed his regret, “People make mistakes and for anybody younger years are difficult and harsh, and now they have made somebody leave. Though being an entertainer may look like a fun job, you may not know that behind it there are so many trials that affect your mind and give a lot of pain. Now, please, I repeat for you to stop.”

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Bbaekga again expressed his regret, saying that “I’m not even a good friend and do not have a relationship where we can contact each other. Though our field and personalities are different I have received so many attacks in the past, so even if the pain is big or the suffering is small, from what I learned a little before, I have sympathy towards the person in the returning plane, and wish that this situation never happens again.”

He concluded that “We are not gods. Even nice people can cuss when they are mad and explode and go out of control. Though if you repeat the same mistake twice it is no longer a mistake, but if you give a chance to reflect deeply, they can change into a harder working, healthier person. Though some people may think of me as presumptuous because I wrote this, but these are all of my thoughts and desires even if you cuss at me or threaten me, I don’t care. However, before that, think about what a clean and nice person you are and know that whatever fingers you point, cusses you do, or violence you display, that is all you. Forgiveness and understanding is something we know as extremely important.”

CREDITS; LEE Jay HWAN REPORTER @ NEWSEN (SOURCE); JIYO @ 2ONEDAY.COM (TRANS)

DIARY OF A JYP (the company 2PM is from) STYLIST:

On Dec 26, 2005..

A cold winter, I met a friend who has a charming smile.
Was it because I saw him on my birthday?
I can’t forget the day when we first met.

It was a showcase of trainees.
In order to do styling as a staff and meet trainees,
I also met a friend at my age when I came in my office.

According to our manager of the developing trainee department, He was a child who understood Korean just a little and was learning it step by step.

He spoke Korean together with English and wore Hip-Hop style clothes that were seen in the movie ‘Step Up’.

He was a friend who was uncomfortable in skinny jeans that I bought.
A friend who fit on a shirt without sleeve,
A friend who had a tender heart, who was worried about me and said that ‘Don’t push yourself too much’ when I caught a cold and had a hard time.

A friend who texts message slowly because he is still learning Korean,
A friend who has different eyes on stage,
A friend who is more shining on stage than others,
A friend who looks cold when he doesn’t say anything but in the reality he is more kind than others.
A friend who rarely shows his feeling but takes care of his little brothers and co-workers silently.

He is a boy who loves Korea and wants to get to know Korea.
You all know that it’s hard to live without friends and relatives in a strange country, right?
We say it’s “Our country” as we live and exist in the country, don’t we?

For Jaebum, Korea is already ‘Our country’.
Please give him a hug again when he overcomes everything and returns.

You must come back…you are as strong as you are weak.
Get over it and come back to work together again…my friend…

Credit: Kor-Eng by Sue@2pm-online.com, Edited by Mim&Offogato@2pm-online.com
Source : Onedayroom

Letter from Jaebum’s high school friend in Korea:

Hello this is Jaebum’s friend who was in the same class with him and I would like to share how Jaebum lived at the time.

Jaebum moved to study at our class for his 3rd year in high school. There was nothing special. I just heard that he was a JYP trainee from USA. I regarded him as an ordinary student. At first, he could not adjust himself to Korean cultures and barely spoke Korean. Jaebum was not in acquaintance with friends and preferred to be alone. As time passed, he could finally get along with friends. We played basketball together. He seemed to be fond of physical education class the most. Since he had to part from his family and friends who he used to hang out and practiced dancing with in the States, he looked lonely at times. He was living by himself in a tough conditon as a trainee in Korea.

Jaebum had a lot of things to do. He usually practiced singing during his free time or writing rap lyrics. He loved to go to the gym the most. I remembered inviting him for lunch but he rejected and only ate food with protein nourishment. How pity he was then. We were in the same basketball team. The friends in our class used to sing birthday songs to him. When we graduated, Jaebum was trained full time at his company and one day he boasted to me that he was put into a group, 2PM and would be on national televisions. I knew that he worked so hard before he debuted with his first album.

Not only Jaebum, I heard that all JYP trainees and staff also worked so hard. Even though Jaebum had extreme tight schedules, during the second album promotion, he could come and join our alumni party. I was happy to see his confidence and shine coming from him which was different from the time he was still just a trainee where his future was in doubt. He told me that he liked Boom-hyung. Boom-hyung is a fun person who takes care of him so well. I knew that he was living a happy life at the time.

But, for the past few days, there were a controversial of Jaebum’s offending comments from his myspace. All those efforts he put were shattered in the blink of an eye. I tried to call him because I was so concerned. He told me he was at the airport and about to leave for USA. I asked if he’ll ever come back.  He said how could he when so many people hate him this much…

As a friend of Jaebum, there is nothing I can do. I can only let him leave like that. His flight left at 6:30pm. I can only wish that he go back to have a better life with his family. Even in the US, I wish he still carry on and fulfill his dream. I would like to thank you all who loved my friend. Jaebum Fighting!

“Now I think I have become a real Korean”
“I’m proud to be Korean”
“The Republic of Korea”
“Korean people are like stars, they dress so well comparing to me I dress like a pauper. Oh no, yes I am a pauper.”
“I’m not familiar with English now, isn’t it funny? Haha”
These messages were written by Jaebum in 2006.

Looking at those messages, you can see that his attitude has changed.
He said he was proud to be Korean and he truly love Korea.

Please believe him.
Please don’t judge him only by the message he wrote when he was a struggling trainee (4 years ago)
Please…

SOURCE: Daum Trans: Kor-Thai by Tik@2pm-online.com, Thai-Eng by Offogato@2pm-online.com, Edited by Tiff @ 2pm-online.com

Boom, a very close friend (they filmed a variety show together) whose always shown his love for Jaebum left on his Cyworld:

Title: I will hug you…………….

My heart is hurting very much
My heart feels like it’s being torn apart because he is a dongseng that I love
Because I believe and love my dongseng I believe that he will return with a better appearance
Today my heart is hurting very much
Jaebum, hyung will work harder so that when you return I can protect and hug you with a warmer embrace
Please return healthy………
I love you……………..

It hurts to see that Jaebum feels as if the world’s against him when so many people are behind him.  I really can’t emphasize enough how far netizens have gone this time.  Although it has been known in the past that netizens were the cause of celebrity suicides and more, I believe this is the first time celebrities and colleagues have spoken up about it.  I really hope that Korean netizens have learned from this but if they haven’t (which I have a feeling they won’t),  I hope they know that they are being heavily criticized world wide and I hope this blog spreads so the world will know.

Thanks to 2oneday, allkpop, seoulbeats, ohmonatheydidnt, various users @soompi, and all the youtube video uploaders.

IF YOU ARE IN AMERICA AND WANT TO SUPPORT JAEBUM PLEASE VISIT 2ONEDAY, THEY’RE BASICALLY IN CHARGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL HOTTESTS.


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THANK YOU FOR THIS! This is very well written and everyone should know about Jay’s situation! 2PM, JAY, HOTTEST FIGHTING!

Comment by Jessie

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ENLIGHTENING EVERYONE ON THIS ISSUE!!
Beautifully written article that summarizes EVERYTHING.
2PM♡♡Jay Park

Comment by Emilie

PARK JAEBEOM HWAITING!
2PM HWAITING!
HOTTEST HWAITING! <3 <3 <3

"What time is it now?"

"IT'S 2PM!"

Always.

Comment by Michelle K.

Thank you for writing this to enlighten everyone on this issue!!
HOTTESTS, 2PM, JAY FIGHTINGGGG!!!!!

Comment by Kimmy

thank you!!
its very well-written!
but maybe shld add what his high sch friends said?cos we cn get a better understanding frm there :)

Comment by dqnnur

How can 2pm be a group of hot boys without the hottest boy?

Jay, you are an inspiration.. so stay strong because there are a lot more people to inspire.

we got your back man

Comment by Lily

Wow, thankyou so much for this article! It was very well written.

Althought I am deeply saddened by his departure of 2PM, I wish nothing but happiness for him in the future.

Jay & 2PM hwaiting!

Comment by Euphoria

i wanted to say thank you as well for taking the time to gather everything, rewrite it, and provide such thorough info on the issue.
i’ve been reading a lot into this the past two days from pretty much all the websites you thanked. so many different opinions but i’m sure we all agree that we miss jay and as long as he’s happy. it’s hard to read it cause it makes me sad but i can’t stop. i hope that the next thing i read is ‘jay & jyp work things out’ or something similar. we all just have to wait. but we should all keep in mind that jay is now with his family, people that love and care for him like we do.

Comment by valski

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

Comment by 2pmsupporter

Thanks for writing this up!
i have post the link of this site on my facebook group for Jay. hope u dont mind.
come and join us if you wish

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=285341915192

Comment by Michelle

yeah..
I like what hv you wrote about Jae…Yes, it’s very well written with such “elegant word” & diffrent prespectives…
So…”mature”…not even using any bad words…
That was all Hottest’s should do…
Keep supporting our beloved leadja…Jay park…
he’s wrong…but he also deserved a forgiveness..

Comment by Funzee

thank you for posting this, this really sums up everything.
i hope for the best for jay, and stay strong ALL SEVEN 2PM & hottest!

7 – 1 = 0.

Comment by jess

Wow ___<. Jay<3 7-1=0.

Comment by HUAY

yes ia with jessie, this is so well written. thanks.

jay you know we love you no matter where you are. 2PM + HOTTEST = 1. <3

Comment by evadne

Thank you for writing this, As a hottest and personal jay park fan i’m shedding tears as i read this article. Jay did not deserve any of this and being treated as garbage is unforgivable. I do believe in my heart that Jay will return and once again join 2pm as their leadja. But as of now i hope he rests well in seattle and takes a well deserved break from all this drama. Jay park you are amazing and no one can ever change that fact. Jay park fighting!

Comment by kcnguyen

Thanks for posting this! Hope that Jae will stay strong ): i’m so sad to hear this news..

Comment by Josephine

Thanks for the full info about the situation.

Comment by sham23

Why the world are so cruel

the 2pm with out Jay, i can’t imagine……i can’t

Comment by we'r the one

MISS u J

…what time is it now? its 2PM

its will be 2PM 4ever.

loveU

Comment by ThHottest

thanks for taking the time to write all this (along with the clips)! this pretty much sums up every aspect of jay’s situation & i couldnt agree more with everything that you stated!

stay strong jay & 2PM members! AJA AJA HWAITING!!!

Comment by g1

Thanks for the great effort! However, i’m in a self contradiction that I wanted Jae to rest well in Seattle but also want him to reappear on stage as 2PM leader. Sigh, hopefully JYP, JYPE staff, 2PM members and the great effort hottest around the world will bring Jay back. Anyways, just wish that he can live happily and no worries. :)

Comment by annazus

your writing is very well thought out… it’s really a shame that korea is so easily swayed by these “netizens”. time and time again, they are putting their celebrities into depression and even leading to death at times. it’s rather embarrassing that these people and i share the same ethnicity.

i do want to note that jyp/jaebeom have been instrumental in introducing korean culture to koreans who do not reside in korea. jaebeom has been a refreshing character in korean pop culture, making the ethno-centric society more approachable… however, this fiasco just verified that they are still very closed minded and not ready to be global as a nation. truly unfortunate…

poor kid (jaebeom)… he spent his entire adulthood thus far working his tail off and this is the reward at the end. amazing how the people of korea will embrace and turn away so quickly. just days ago, they couldn’t get enough of him on every possible variety show…

i do think that jyp is smarter than we’re all giving him credit for. they will bring him back as soon as the drama cools down. jyp must have a plan… for crying out loud, it’s a money making business, there’s still so much left in those boys for the company to milk. they know that they won’t be the same without the leading face of the group. i predict it will all turn out ok… but still, what an awful experience for the entire team.

Comment by christine

this is a great article! thanks! i’m going to spread this around! :)

Comment by imafighterforjaypark

Thank you SO much for putting so much of your own time into this. I actually read all of it, and it’s so sad to see my favorite member of 2PM leave. But anyway, it’s so great of you to let everyone know exactly what happened. 오빠 화이팅!!!

Comment by Dana

.. thank you so much for putting this… i cried so much while reading but of course i had to read everything even if i read it b4… JAY! We’ll all be waiting for you! come back soon!!

lets keep our heads high and not give up <3

Comment by xMiSH

Very well done :)

Comment by Marie

Thank you so much. Support Jay Park!

Comment by lollyobsessed

great article

Comment by ciera

Thank you so much. T_T

Comment by nva

This article was well written and nicely put together. Anyways, thank you so much for writing this! :D

Comment by Princess LeLe

Thank you for updating everyone on the current situation..
I hope that later JaeBum will come back and be brighter than ever! :]

JaeBum, Fighting!
No matter what hardships you go though, you must always stand on top proud as ever.
Because everyone is believes in you. <3

Comment by Ashley Cho

Thank you so much for taking your time to write this long blog. It really is a combination of what happened over the last few days. Well written!
You’re right, Korean netizens will learn their lessons. Right after Jay’s myspace comments, they were looking through other international artists’ pasts to check. (Nichkhun’s facebook status).
This is such a sad event. But everyone comes to love Jay more.

Comment by Haylene

It was nice reading this – although I’ll have to correct you on something: the girl who “leaked” Jay’s negative myspace comments cleared the fact that she was NOT a Shinee fan and wasn’t doing this to “help” Shinee.

Apparently netizens/antis made up the part where she said she wanted to ruin 2PM for ruining Shinee to stir up more trouble.

Comment by Viv

Ah thanks for the clarification! Will fix it tomorrow!

Comment by notsevenbutONE

Thank you so much for writing this. My emotions have been in such turmoil since the whole deal started that I could barely sort out all the facts. Now my only hope is that Jay gets the rest he deserves with his family, and comes back to Korea even greater then before.

Comment by finadida

I’m appalled by the harsh comments posted by the netizens. Especially the one that stated a person can’t change within 4 years. Apparently that person never experienced culture shock or they’ve never been on their own. If only 2 million of them could be shipped out to the States and try surviving on their own with absolutely nothing. Let’s see how that progression goes.

Comment by SoJu

wow… very well written and make sense at the same time!
thank you for providing the -I can say an almost perfect complete story- to other people that maybe still confuse about the case it self and everything that surrounded it..
Reading the support comment from Jay’s friend made me teared up again,,, so touching in this kind of situation..

and like what Wooyoung said, 2PM is not 7 people, but ONE..

Support Jaebum…!!! we love you leader…!!!!!
the boys and all fans will always waiting for you..

Comment by momiji

I really can’t believe what all this shameless netizen did to him..
I will still support him, no matter what..

Comment by deenakahara

beautiful
7-1=0

Comment by pandoracat

thank u soo much for this!!!!i cried really hard…in fact..im still crying ryt now…i dun think dat jay deserves wat the netizens did to him…and dat goes for the other victims as well…everyone makes mistakes…and i hope the netizens who ruined jay’s career and other korean stars careers(or tried)..wud realise dat wat dey did was no exeption..it was a mistake…

Comment by chim2

wow this is great.. very well said and informative.
i didnt know that all this drama was happening..
i knew something was going on but i thought it was some kind of legal problem.. never would have guessed something this huge and pathetic.
why was this myspace comment made into such a big deal? especially when it happened like 4 years ago?
this is some serious crap.. i mean everyone has said at one point or another that they hate life,their school, parents, neighborhood, and probably even there state or city.. to think someone cause all this chaos just because of that one comment that jaebom made, probably because he was lonely and having a hard time in korea, i think thats just so stupid and inconsiderate.
maybe if jaebom had written something like that within a year.. i guess it could be justifiable, but thats just wrong and korean netizens went too far,especially with something lame as this.

thank u for voicing your concern and supporting jaebom<3
we need more people like you to support all our innocent and hardworking entertainers.

Comment by christine

JAEBUM <3 PLEASE COME BACK.
PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKE NETIZEN, EVENTUALLY THEY
ARE BORN TO BE DOING SUCH THINGS AS WELL. IF YOU DON'T MAKE A MISTAKE WHO WILL BE MAKING A MISTAKE =,=" UH? NON-LIVING BEINGS? NO, RIGHT.. HUMANS ARE MEANT TO BE DOING SUCH THINGS.. PLUS PEOPLE OUT THERE SHOULD TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE'S ONLY "18" WHEN HE WROTE THE ACCUSING COMMENT TO KOREA. TECHNICALLY HE DIDN'T DO IT ON PURPOSE. THERE'S A PERSONAL REASON BEHIND THIS ISSUE. AND IMAGEIN IF YOU'RE IN JAEBUM'S SHOES..WHAT WOULD CHU DO? AND IF WERE IN AMERICA AND YOU ARE A CELEBRITY NOW! "HOLLYWOOD" AND LETS SAY YOU COMMITTED THE SAME MISTAKE AS JAEBUM AND AFTER WE AMERICAN ASK YOU TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE , DONT CHU FEEL HURT, SAD AND SHYT. IT'S ALL CUZ OF THE GURL THAT LOVES "SHINES." FREAKEN BITACHHHH!

Comment by JAY PARK'S Fan

Thank u so much for writing this to make the iHOTTEST to understand the situation more!
I’m really keeping on track all the information abt Jay that comes up everyday at 2OD to sees if some good news comes up and it’s really great to see a post like this!

Comment by theresa07

J come back to korea
WE r wating 4 U

Comment by LEE JI HYUN

I had just barely gotten to know this group, and I can’t believe this happened. Thank you for posting this information up. I was crying my eyes out. I don’t understand how people can be so hateful. I’ve moved a lot my whole life, and I can understand how hard it is to be in a place that’s unfamiliar and feel all alone. Even if you don’t feel comfortable in a place initially, eventually you’ll come to think of it as home. Poor guy, I hope he doesn’t think that everybody in the world hates him. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” You’ll get past this a stronger person!!

Comment by Irish JS

wow netizens tellin jay to commit sucide? they r just uneducated people only to scold ppl through the internet hiding behind their 200×100 computer screen. if they had the guts to tell jay face to face to die,i’m speechless but in this case its not
NETIZENS<—No life humans be thankful i still use the term 'human'

2PM FTW JAEBOOM FIGHTING

Comment by Marv

thanks for this article.
it spills out everything on the good side of jaebeom.
i love jaebeom.
i’m from malaysia and for the first time i heard their song, i fall in love with 2PM.
jaebeom, i begged you.
please come back.
ignore all of the netizens. they just jealous of 2PM.
2PM will never be the same without you.
i will be waiting for you patiently.
and i know 2PM members also miss their leader.
i believe that one day you will come back.
i miss you jay.
i love you.

Comment by ezza (malaysia)

Thank you so much that you wrote this up. I cried every time i read the news relate to Jaebeom case. Thank you to pointing out all the good things about Jay. Thank you for understand him and believe in him. As his fan, it hurts me so much that he have to leave like that, even untill now, the pain is still here. I can’t understand why those korean netizens can’t understand him. Seriously, he didn’t commit any crime, why would he have to tread that way. Even now Jay is doing fine in US, but his heart is still hurt. I hope he can return to be the leader of 2PM again. Jaebeom I love you and I believe in you.

Comment by Sinnita

thank you so much for writing this. my heart is aching and my tears are flowing. i can’t believe this happened. jaebeom, please return. don’t let this happen. i will forever be supporting you ♥

Comment by Nini Le

Thank you so much for this! i just started listening to 2pm a couple months before he left. im terrible upset that hes gone now! he was amazing and i hope he returns to korea. jeobeom! your amazing! please come back <33 we're all supporting you!

Comment by Carlena Chhin

some netizens are being over the top, dang.
as if they have nothing better to do..

Comment by Wen

I like this concept. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan.

Keep posting as I am gonna come to read it everyday

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Comment by Disco Lights

This is absolutely brilliant.
I just want to say, I’ve been a Hottest for almost a year now but i got into kpop about a month after the scandles with Jay so I didn’t know much about it, just knew the basics and ofc I felt really sorry for him.
After recently watching Wild Bunny and it not being aired after this situation, i thought i’d research it and i came across this post. I’m not gonna lie, it actually brought tears to my eyes when I heard people being so rude to this laid back, hilarious and adorable guy when he only did what any other normal person would do if they were in this situation.
I hate netizens so much, right now -_-

Comment by crazylike_woah

This is sad…. do you netizen know that making mistake is part of human life? people make mistake and we learn from it.How could you be so cruel calling people garbage and telling people to commit suicide.. that is totally evil… and unhuman… i am not a fan of 2pm but i don’t like what you did to jaebum… did you ever hear the word “KARMA”… I will not pray for jaebum because i know God will be watching him.. My prayers go to Netizen that God will sprinkle his miracles to clear your heart and mind from hatred towards others…
To: Jaebum don’t loose faith… :)

Comment by grace

my tears just keep falling nonstop after read this…
i really miss jay together with 2PM..

Comment by Jin Kyung

You aswell? I can’t stop crying everytime I hear 2PM. Now a days I can’t even listen to 2PM, behind their smiles, I feel like they’re scarred. Especially, wooyoung :(

Comment by Swyachha

am so sad bcz i love him so much and we should not let such silly words that any one of us can sad it in such a difficult time to distroy his lovely and strong pic

Comment by Black Nina

Yes, this is done so graciously. Never knew people would be so malicious and all because they’re jealous. Jealous of success. I don’t get it. TT_TT I would love our leadja to come back but it’s his choice :) thank you for this.

2PM Hwaiting!! ~~

Comment by Swyachha

Thanks a lot for writing this,i love 2PM…i was so upset when i knew why Jay-oppa left 2PM,he’s 2PMs leader i love his voice…i wish he coming back soon to 2PM and they make comingback stage for that…Jaeboom oppa…CIAYO…KAJJA…FIGHTING…WE’RE LOVE YOU AND WAITING FOR YOU…

Comment by Dee2

i read it in 2009.
read it again in 2010.
read it again last year.
and i read it again this year.

Jay, i and the hottest would really love to see 2pm and you sharing the same stage again.

Comment by Mye Park (@myePark)

I know im late on the news i knew he left but not the reason why but i was very curious about what happend to Jay…. Oh my god I can’t believe what I read! It is horrible to know what many people go through because of one slip up witch they are very sorry about & really does make people commit suicide or getting poisoned. I kinda shed a tear from all of this, it is so sad how people criticize others for past mistakes that clearly were done because of problems or not thinking straight during that time, many people go through it but you have to forgive & forget for what people have done or you will be sour & stubborn.
Hopefully people can understand that what you say or do does hurt others. I will always support Jay on his solo work witch I love and his group work with 2pm! Love Jay Very Much!

Comment by Lizzette

a person should not be judge by the past all people make mistakes accept that jay is the best !!!!!!!!!

Comment by lydia

Wow. Just because of an immature comment made years ago during his toughest times, a great idol was brought down…by what? Losers who stays on their computers all day long? I am really disappointed that human beings could do so much as to make a fellow human being commit suicide and call them “trash”. I say exploit all those losers. Track them down and release their names on public. Pretty sure if Media’s did that no one would want to become a “netizens” which in my point of view the real “garbage”, an envious piece of crap and an attention whore.

Comment by ThisGuy

I love jay park soooo much and was really shocked that he had to leave the group… I really miss the old 2pm :'( i cant stop crying when i read this. Thank you very much :’)

Comment by Maykii

first, i really don’t understand why he left 2PM but because of this..our (HOTTEST) minds were enlighten .. Thank you for writing this :) ,

Comment by Mary Jane Flores (@jazykhun)

Thanks for writing this. *crying*
Because of some stubborn losers, he was forced to leave?
2pm is incomplete without jay :(
Really miss the old 2pm….

Comment by Ng Wei Han

I’m a new hottest so lately I’ve been reading article on 2 PM, listening to their songs and watching their variety shows.
Came across this article around 4 in the morning and haven’t stop crying from it. THANK YOU for putting together this article furthermore THANK YOU for sharing this for all to see.
I know it’s not much different it’ll make now but it breaks my heart just trying to understand Jay’s feeling at the time.
2 PM, Jay fighting!! ❤❤

Comment by Eva

stay strong oppa we always love you n support u wherever u are

Comment by zao

I have just read this blog entry and it made my heart swell. Seriously. Who would’ve thought that Jay, who suffered so much pain and struggles and gave up everything because of his great desire to help his parents, was sent back to USA just because of heartbreaking accusations? I understand him so well. Living in America for almost whole of your life and then moving to Korea to work hard, train hard and debut successfully. How can they do such terrible things? T___T I am just so sad and disappointed but past is past. We do not have to dwell in them. Jay and the rest of 2PM had moved on and they are, no doubt, doing excellent. I followed 2PM’s journey since their second comeback (though I wasn’t an official Hottest back then but now I am) and it didn’t really make any sense why Jay must leave the group just because of a very archaic MySpace blog. Nevertheless, I will pray for those who were involved to this controversy, even that girl who started it. We all deserved second chances. God bless Jay Park and 2PM! <3

Comment by chelsea47

everyone also made a mistake so try to forget people

Comment by Chia Vui Thong

This is really good thank you so much it made me cry! People should know te truth and stand up for jaebum he did nothing wrong and they are takin it too far.

Comment by Sabiha

JAY we love you….!!!
Thank you for dis article.
Plz come back to 2pm u are a fantastic hyung. But wish u all the best what ever you decide xxxxxxxx

Comment by momeena yasmin

I can’t thank you enough for this article, this brought tears in my eyes, knowing that Jay Park isn’t alone about this incident, the fact that he’s got sunbaes and dongsaengs behind his back, especially his brothers.

Comment by Nicky

It makes me sad how humans can attack each other like we’re all different but in reality we’re all the same whether we speak another language and do things in different ways. One day I hope for everyone to be at peace with each other and for nothing like this to happen to anyone. Keep working hard Jay, we’re all behind you!

Comment by Annabella

thank you is not enough for this information of 2pm.. i am a KPOP fan and all the groups, duo’s and solo performer that i know? i’ll always support.. this is a very sad story of 2pm.. i think? jay park is a good leader, a good friend for his member, fans and also to other group that he knows. i can’t understand why there’s some people critized others while their are not thinking about what they do? i hope? someday people think first before saying something or listen first to the person who’s involve.. i hope jay park come back again in stage and give happiness for his fans. inorael deutgo dorawa!!!! like 2pm song says??

Comment by aiza

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I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking over your web page for a second time.

Comment by Kpop

Are people only know to digging up other people past? Why are they trying so hard to correcting and blaming others instead of trying to get themselves to be a better person? This is what makes the world feel as hell.

Comment by JL

Forever Leader in Hottest’s Heart.
It’s good to see you yesterday in Hong Kong
I am proud of u Jay♡

Comment by Yumi_hk

I became 2pm fans becoz of Nickhun oppa…and i dont knw about jay park till i read this article yesterday…and juz keep crying till i write this comment…hw could they take it too far…jay park juz human and nobody is perfect…everyone will make mistake…becoz of this incident i became jay park fans…i will support jay park whatever his decision…i knw u’re strong guy oppa…juz enjoy ur life and fulfill ur dream and i wish it will cme true….and nw he is the best one kpop solo artist…he comeback with AWESOME image,music and ofcoz attitude too…i love all ur song oppa…joah…welcome…girlfriend…demon…star and others…
We will support u always oppa coz u’re JAY PARK ♥♥♥♥

Comment by JoahStar

just crying read this post..
jay your jjang…
oppa fighting

Comment by ni_JunHo

thank about this story
Jay u are best
I will support u forever

Comment by chamnanban

thank you for this story……. inspiring and at the same time upsetting.

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