Recently JYJ has found themselves in the midst of a violence controversy. However, that JYJ has sasaengs that abuse them and seriously infringe on their privacy is a well known fact. Because of this, if one carefully looks at the situation it is easy to figure out that the attacks were a form of defense. However because the original media did not report about the relationship that exists between JYJ and sasaeng fans, JYJ were singled out for specific instances in which they retaliated [against sasaengs]. This face has been a main point of complaint by fans.
The JYJ violence controversy stems from the problem of saesangs, which are a specific group of fans who in order to fill their own needs of seeing and interacting with their idols up close, seriously infringe on the idol’s privacy using extreme actions. Sasaeng fan culture is very different from the general pop fan culture and has been receiving much attention as of late.
For general fan clubs, the purpose of them is to create a relationship between the idol and the public, however sasaeng fans only want to create individual relationships between the idols and themselves and do so by using actions that are usually damaging to the idols.
News of the violence controversy at first were unilateral assault allegations that were made against JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong and Park Yoochun in which edited media were the only source of information that was given as proof. However, after the initial hysteria surrounding the violence controversy ebbed, netizens started to search for the crimes of sasaengs and made judgements of their own [instead of relying on media].
Which of course, leads us to wonder why such “yellow media” was used in the initial reports of this JYJ controversy. While the initial reports about this controversy grabbed attention, by only reporting one side, the media made a large mistake. It seems as though because of outside reasons, certain media outlets were reporting only one-side of the violence issue in hopes of turning public antipathy towards the JYJ members. However by only reporting one side of the issue, it forced netizens to go and discover more about the issue on their own. It also made people wonder why such news was reported in an obviously unilateral fashion and if there were any other motives behind this attack on JYJ.
It is right for media to report on controversy such as this one surrounding JYJ, however the obvious use of “yellow media” caused facts to become distorted and many readers have complained about the media’s coverage of this. Even objective sources are finding the “yellow media” in this case to be suspicious.
Netizens have commented on this JYJ controversy by saying “the media did not present more than one side of this case so it is hard for us to judge”, “reports such as these seem to be revealed with only the purpose of trying to kill JYJ”, and “No proper judgements can be made from reporting like this”
Translation by: Yule for TheJYJfiles
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