Its official--The leader of 2PM: Park Jaebeom has left the group and Korea.
I was shocked to hear about it; since the MySpace message controversy only came about last week. He returned to Seattle today! Everything has happened so quick. TT
Offensive myspace messages of which read "Korea is gay" and "I want to back to the States" written by Jaebeom surfaced and caused the scandal. The controversial messages dated back to 2005; when the Korean-american had just came to Korea as a trainee under JYP entertainment. At the time, he didn't understand or speak the language and had trouble adapting to the Korean lifestyle.
Straight away; Jaebeom posted an apology on 2PM's fan site; admitting and apologising for his wrong doings.
However unconcerned Anti-fans/Netizens carried on petitioning for the 2PM leader to be banned from broadcast shows and from the group.
Another petition titled "Jaebeom Should Commit Suicide" was created on Agora and over 3000 people signed to it! -- This is what got me most! How insane? Why would anyone wish death upon a person; for an insult. He didn't commit a crime!
JYP states that all broadcasting schedules and all music performances have been cancelled. Recording for new album will go on. Jaebeom will not be kicked out of the group.
The "Jaebeom Should Commit Suicide" petition was taken off and an encouraging petition; "Please Forgive Our Jaebeom Just This Once" took it's place; gaining over 6000 signatures within two days. Despite this; many other Netizens carried on with their aim to get rid of Jaebeom.
Jaebeom decides to and leaves 2PM; and Korea to return to USA.
Leaving with his final words: "I apologize..I'm sorry"...
"What more can I say? I am just so sorry to the loving fans and the members who had trusted me and followed me. 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."
Fans and some Netizens show regret; as later myspace comments showing Jaebeom's positive change of mind on Korea are found. The person who uncovered the offensive myspace comments apologises.
What becomes of 2PM?
JYP is to postpone the pre-decided comeback album release date; which was meant to be in Oct. And there are talks about selecting Junho as the new leader and/or adding a new member.
What becomes of Park Jaebeom?
He states he's returning to US to study music. Upon leaving at the airport he said "I will stay healthy in America. I will come back as a better person."... ?
[all info found at AsianFanatics]
What I think..
He did wrong; he changed his opinion and he apologized. It's a real shame to see him leave. He spent 5 years as a JYP trainee. 2PM only debuted last year and now at their highest; the leader of the group is to leave.
I know that many fans are upset and angry at him leaving. But there are people in Korea that still want him dead!- so I don't blame him for leaving.
aa.. I miss him already TT I hope things are only brighter and better for him in the future.
[haha. I tried and failed to do Dara's teary selca look-- she's just too good at it]
Jaebeom & 2PM Hwaiting!
[Sorry for not blogging-- I've been lazy. My Gmarket haul came!!
& the prizes for Lotus Palace's Giveaway^o^-- I will post asap. I need some sleep now^^
Hope everyone is having a good week ❤]