Fortify Idol Rights
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K-wave and K-pop, an abbreviation for Korean wave and Korean pop, the entertainment mania that has come out of South Korea and enraptured a world of fans. More than just music or drama, K-wave is also about fashion and style, fun and the future, of a new wave of attitude coming from an old world. And it is also about the gorgeous stars and their adoring fans. But believe it or not there are still dark sides in this entertainment world.
K-pop stars are recruited young by agency talent scouts whose job is to roam around looking for attractive children. Others are recruited through tryouts, both in Korea and abroad. However they get in, the next step is a military-style training program. It is an extremely grueling period, sometimes lasting years, in which trainees hone their skills while desperately waiting for their debuts to be announced.
For years, Korea has been notorious for its “slave contracts,” signed between major labels and their artists. These contracts force individuals to remain with a certain label for years at a time, up to 13 in some cases. In 2009, Korea’s Free Trade Commission introduced “standardized contracts,” meaning they could no longer exceed seven years. However, problems persist, such as profit sharing being solely in the hands of the management agencies and artists forced to pay exorbitant penalties to terminate their contracts. Once they sign a contract with an entertainment company, they find there is a lot more to pay than just hard work and persistence. Female trainees are traded by brokers and are allegedly brought to bars and forced to engage in sexual work to get ahead, even if they are still minors.
They say that hate is not the opposite of love, but rather they are two sides of the same coin. This is especially true in the case of anti-fans, who hate certain pop stars and are willing to verbally or physically attack them or their fans.Artists undergo negative criticism and bullying. Most people would think that famous idols are deeply treasured and loved by everyone, which indeed they are. However, they are also victims of anti-fans who send death threats their way. Anti-fans send hate on a regular basis, anti-fans send death threats very commonly to idols and can even happen daily. Netizens usually, bully female artists with in various ways like negative criticism and body shaming.
In South Korean culture, a Sasaeng fan is an over-obsessive fan of Korean pop idol or other public figure, that has engaged in stalking or other behavior that constitutes an invasion of privacy. Sasaeng fans, or “private fans,” are generally females between the ages of 13 and 22 whose obsessions with their favorite pop idols reach unhealthy levels. Sasaeng fans are highly territorial, attacking other fans who dare to get too close to or touch a pop idol. Many Korean idols feel uncomfortable and unsafe because of these fans, and even have thoughts of giving up their dreams just to protect their family and themselves.
Idols are humans too, they deserve to have their own privacy and safety rights. It's time for a change in how these situations are handled, Korean idols shouldn't be abused, bullied, scared, or have to face continuous harassment to themselves.
Sophistique created this petition to spread awareness and stop these issues concerning K-wave.
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