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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Intense idol competition forces girl groups into taking extreme schedules


Article: Whether you're a 'star' or 'unknown', the tragedy of the girl group competition

Source: Korea via Naver

Article talks about how the increase in girl group competition forces the lesser known rookie groups into taking up extreme schedules since opportunities are slim. One variety PD said, "Unlike adult singers or boy groups who can perform at night clubs and other night entertainment centers, girl groups need to maintain a 'girly' image so they can't just perform anywhere. As such, every single stage no matter how small at college festivals or broadcasts matter and we have to go if called."

Because of the nationwide travel required, most girl groups need to speed to get there on time. One PD added, "PDs don't care where girl groups are at any given moment. If they demand that you get from Busan to Seoul in two and a half hours, you have to go. That's why some stars will even use an ambulance."

For smaller agencies, the situation's even worse. A manager said, "Small agencies use one manager whenever a girl group is relocating. Singers can at least sleep in between schedules but managers have to keep on driving through the fatigue, causing them to doze off on the road."

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1. [+5,516, -132] Some train for as long as seven years to stand on a debut stage... and by then it's too late to start learning for a new career path or to quit. I feel bad for celebrity trainees.

2. [+5,227, -26] You can't blame road managers because they're basically working like dogs from morning to morning driving the girl groups everywhere. You need at least two to switch off but most don't even get a chance to rest. Managers work five times harder than celebrities.

3. [+480, -8] The PDs are a problem ㅡㅡ Demanding Seoul to Busan in two and a half hours? How is that possible? They think anything they say should go.

4. [+324, -3] There's a reason celebrities ride vans.. there are more safety features that prevent big accidents. TVXQ and Wanted got into similar accidents but TVXQ was riding a van and got injuries while the Wanted member died because he was riding a Starex.

5. [+192, -2] Demanding two and a half hours from Seoul to Busan... Shows the reality of Korea and its lack of consideration for safety.

6. [+191, -1] Seems PDs are on a power trip because idols are at their disposal. Please think of every idol as your family member.

7. [+160, -3] Celebrities may look like top stars with impressive lives on the outside but they work like dogs underneath it all.. Only for the agency to keep all the money too.

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72 comments:

  1. Seriously? They have to use an ambulance just to get to the location? What about the actually injured people who need an ambulance? tsk tsk...

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  2. It's disturbing how a lot of people are now realizing this. If only they knew sooner :/ But, seriously, two and half hours from Seoul to Busan?? That's just crazy. Also the fact that the managers are usually so under appreciated makes everything sadder.

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  3. the fault is in the entertainment industry itself imo... poor kids.....

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  4. That's harsh. I can't even get to school on time.

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  5. [+160, -3] Celebrities may look like top stars with impressive lives on the outside but they work like dogs underneath it all.. Only for the agency to keep all the money too

    Hope haters wake up after this and stop bashing celebrities, they're just human like us

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  6. 6. [+191, -1] Seems PDs are on a power trip because idols are at their disposable. Please think of every idol as your family member.

    Everyone in the world is a member of someone's family. Whenever you treat someone terribly, remember that they're a precious daughter, son, sister, brother, or even father, mother, husband or wife.

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  7. As if driving in South Korea wasn't dangerous enough... If even one person would've paid more attention, this whole situation could've been avoided. It's just so sad... T^T

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  8. I hope this opens the eyes of pds and agencies and makes them realize they're putting lives at risk.

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  9. 1. [+5,516, -132] Some train for as long as seven years to stand on a debut stage... and by then it's too late to start learning for a new career path or to quit. I feel bad for celebrity trainees.



    same. i really feel bad for idols, especially ones from the smaller agencies. it makes me wonder if they really love what they're doing that's why they chose to stay in the industry or they just don't have any other choice anymore :(

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  10. "If they demand that you get from Busan to Seoul in two and a half hours, you have to go. That's why some stars will even use an ambulance."

    what the fuck? what about the people who actually need to use the ambulance for emergencies? and i still don't know why and probably will never know why it's alright to start speeding and disobeying traffic safety laws to get your idol somewhere on time. who cares if your idol is ten minutes late or something as long as you were driving under the limit and that they are safe? and why must they book so many schedules in so many different places and even have to speed in the first place? so dangerous and what happened to ladies' code is an extreme case of speeding managers trying to get to schedules but it was still one of the many idol car crashes caused by speeding/breaking traffic laws.

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  11. Of course every idol works hard but girl groups especially..and always having to look perfect and beautiful and thin, and have a smile on your face. I could never do it, I have a lot of respect for idols :/

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  12. People are not just realizing now but they are just caring. There have been many accidents for many years that involve stars but this time some one actually died so maybe they will pay more attention to the matter.

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  13. the korean industry in general suffers from terrible scheduling. Look at the drama industry, those actors are basically onset 24/7 because of the live shooting schedule.

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  14. "TVXQ and Wanted got into similar accidents but TVXQ was riding a van and got injuries while the Wanted member died because he was riding a Starex"

    I never heard about this, can someone enlighten me

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  15. please take care of the driver and managers too...
    those people suffer as much as the idols

    :( Rip Eunbi dear & Mr. Driver
    and please fight till the end my dear sojung and rise

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  16. I hope PDs will learn to not request the impossible after this tragedy and everyone will drive more carefully from now on.
    #RIPEunB

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  17. #PrayForLadiesCode #RIPEunB

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  18. I hate that a tragedy had to happen for people to really start caring,

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  19. 4. [+324, -3] There's a reason celebrities ride vans.. there are more
    safety features that prevent big accidents. TVXQ and Wanted got into
    similar accidents but TVXQ was riding a van and got injuries while the
    Wanted member died because he was riding a Starex.


    I just knew this...
    The current white van designed for TVXQ seems a good vehicle too..

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  20. Of course people knew about this but do you think a few netizens on the internet can change everything?

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  21. And another issues is that because these idols must sleep in the cars when ever they can they rarely buckle up because the seat belt getting in the way of "good sleep".

    Please everyone buckle up. It really does save lives.

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  22. kangin talked about the accident at the beginning of the show and expressed his mourn over the loss of eunbi. Should watch the full show before you judge anyway. https://twitter.com/SMTownEngSub/status/507099685379526656/photo/1

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  23. a really sweet gesture

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  24. My mom came to my room and saw me crying on my laptop.. then she asked me why i was crying and then i said that one of my fav idol died and she was just looking at me weirdly and asked me why in crying over someone i dont know... smh :/ this made me feel sadder that my mom said that.. and she just said i should stop being addicted to kpop.. ugh..

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  25. I am sorry to hear that. Mine had the opposite reaction. She has to put up with my music in the car and when the news broke yesterday she kept asking me for details and we watched some of their performances together. She said how pretty she found her, saying she looked like a doll and how saw she thought it was, especially because of her age.

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  26. a very touching tribute... netizens come together this time... Rise and Sojung hang on there, keep fighting... condolences to Eunbi's family and friends #ripeunbi

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  27. Wait this girl is in Ladies Code? I've been admiring this cover for long time

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  28. What a beautiful gesture. ;__; And I pray that Rise will regain consciousness without any serious aftereffects.

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  29. It is wonderful what they have done for Ladies Code. It is sad that Eunbi does not get to see this.

    Hope Rise and Sojung recover fully.

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  30. don't worry i cry every time i hear about sandy hook and my friends told me i was an idiot to cry over people i didn't know. but someone told me that crying for someone you don't know is a sign of humility, so what you're feeling isn't wrong and should be embraced. despite your mum and my friends, there are definitely people out there who care, humanity still exists just like this article shows. hope you feel better

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  31. I'm so sorry EunBi didn't get to see her song reach #1, but I'm sure she knows in heaven.

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  32. It's good to see all fans come together as one and helped to stream the song.. I was streaming the song too and the lyrics made me cry especially the ending.. EunB unnie, although this arrive late, I hope you will be happy wherever you are. Sojung & RiSe unnie, please have a speedy recover !

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  33. I read on http://www.reddit.com/live/tiacm1x4ztbd that SoJung does not know of EunB's passing. I assume Rise doesn't know neither since she has not regained consciousness?

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  34. It's way too early over here for me to board on the feels train dammit :'(

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  35. RIP EunB and the driver...

    i know we're often so harsh on knets but this tribute is heartbreaking. I hope RiSe makes it safely ..

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  36. The driver is still alive. Recently, he's getting questioned by the police:

    (article but its in korean): http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=shm&sid1=106&oid=108&aid=0002335274

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  37. So touched by netizens.

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  38. EunBi itself means Silver Rain. Beautiful name for a beautiful person. You will be dearly missed.

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  39. Every time I read about EunB I just can't stop my tears. Rest in Peace Eunbi.

    Also, please recover soon and wake up safely RiSe! You have to fight on!

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  40. At the end of the day, what's really important is to have your biases and everybody else's be healthy and happy.

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  41. After Bora's speech Kangin actually look like he was holding back tears.

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  42. Unfortunately not all states in the US have that law. I went to Houston last month and a New Yorker who was there with asked me why I was wearing my seatbelts. My only was response was "Duh?" Sadly people don't take things seriously until it is too late. Even though we have seatbelt laws in our state, some of my friends from out-of-state are so used to not wearing them that they don't even bother.

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  43. really depends on which city, state/province, country though. but I heard some other states only require them in the front seat...which is totally stupid and unsafe.

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  44. yes, some cars dont even have seatbelts in the back...for those places that don't require seatbelts in the back...:(

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  45. In Singapore and most Asian countries, there are no mandatory rules regulating the wearing of seatbelts for passengers in the back,


    not wearing seat belts if you are sitting in the front is a serious offence though (Singapore).
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    I feel tempted to post a jpg/gif about "Seohyun with her obsessions with Seat Belts" but it doesn't seem very appropriate at the moment.

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  46. Congratulation for #1, rest well EunB.
    be strong Ladies Code' members, family, fans and everyone


    Good job netizens

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  47. Yeah I think some of mine disappear too

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  48. i just passed my driver licence exam and i've had to study that if you don't wear seatbelts with airbags turned on it will be really dangerous, you can't breathe if your face is into an airbag and it's impossible to get it out easily, airbags are usual ONLY if have also seatbelts.
    she could have died suffocated.

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  49. sadly the reality of this industry is less than 1% of rookies make it like mamamoo..ladies code is not one of them

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  50. Oh. I did not know that. Didn't realize each state had different laws regarding about safety. I know a couple people close to me refuse to put it on until I beg them to. You would think people would have some common sense when riding in a metal death trap that goes 40mph.

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  51. According to Dispatch, Rise had less than 0.5% chance but the surgeons still took her on... I'm really sorry Rise, hold on for your mother, EunB is watching over you.

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  52. LC debuted in march 2013... they aren't rookies anymore imo

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  53. 0.5%???? nooooooo :(

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  54. but they are still struggling lol

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  55. So sad. This is the most touching day ever. No fanwars no bashing but everyone just stop doing anything and pray. We kpop fans and korean become one and just pray to our lovely EunB and Sojung. Kpop is like a family to me. When I heard something like this to K-Idols, it makes me sad. EunB unnie, rest in peace. Everyone loves you & thanks for everything ♥

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  56. Manager and road manager is different. So i think the one that passed away is the manager and the one that drive the van is the road manager that only had minor injuries.

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  57. There was an error in initial articles. No one else died..

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  58. it is just so saddening that they get this public attention now just because of that accident and a member passed away~ T___T life is....#bittersweet

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  59. funny when u'r dead how people start to listenin

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  60. This made me tear up...

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  61. Majority doesn't seem to be paying attention, most of the time they don't unless their friends are the ones winning. It's still unfair to bash them for that. The whole atmosphere is bright, even during Bora's speech there was music rolling. I doubt they wouldn't quiet down if they knew what was happening.


    And the 'giggling nugus' is still a dumb thing. Honestly it's cute sometimes but not in moments like these.

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  62. But they where still riding the Nugu train since debute.

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  63. is there a video or something :(

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  64. Princess Consuela BananahammocSeptember 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    damn these ninja onions :(

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  65. I was talking about south korea specifically.

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  66. Yes but I added on to your 2nd point about how in your country ppl start adapting the policy...

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  67. woah do you find it funny? go away

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  68. it is not my family member so why should I be wearing black clothes over someone I don't know? maybe cos I have a life (and other hobbies)and don't mourn someone I don't even know personally

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  69. Still sad about it... 27/11/2014....

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