Some groups just exude joy. The happiness on their faces when they perform, the giddy excitement they exhibit on variety or in their YouTube content, the pure magic they have in every moment is undeniable. But all of that happiness and positive energy isn’t always the whole story. We’ve seen examples, time and time again, of idols being overworked, underpaid, and mistreated and it just plain sucks.
The Rose, one of my fav Korean bands, many people’s actual favorite group altogether, recently announced that they have filed a legal action to terminate their contract with J&Star Company due to excessive schedules and issues with payment. I, of course, don’t know all of the intricate details in the case because I am both not intimately acquainted with anyone in the group nor am I an entertainment attorney involved in the case. But I’ve read some stuff and it’s shitty. The members claim that they’ve never seen statements to show how much money they’ve earned for the company and how much they should have been paid…I say should have been paid because they haven’t been. In three years of constant work. Ouch.
Having come to the decision to end the business arrangement, it’s been said that they immediately put a halt to their activities and shows and that they wouldn’t be performing until it was all sorted. J&Star shot back saying that the group had previously agreed to the performances and that the paperwork they’d filed was not sufficient to allow them to legally miss the performances. Additionally, they have stated that they have shared all financial information with the group during the length of their exclusive contract and that they are considering taking legal action against the members.
Communications between the two parties have broken down and things look rough.
I hate that. I hate that a group so obviously in love with music, with their fans, and with performing isn’t able to do the thing that brings them joy. It breaks my heart that I haven’t gotten to see them yet and it scares me that I won’t be able to if things drag on for too long or if they are somehow damaged by all of this. I don’t think they’ll stop making music, but I think it might be a while before we get to hear it.
So for now, let’s revel in what they’ve done so far and show them all of the support available in the world.
Red, The Rose