According to The Korea Herald, a Japanese manga comic has depicted Girls’ Generation and other KPop stars as being part of an industry that forces the young girls to also partake in sexual behavior.
The article states that many Korean fans believe that the manga titled, “An Analysis on the K-Pop Boom Lies” is meant to slander the industry which is seeing much success in Japan.
The cartoonist of the comic reportedly insists that the story is based on information he acquired… and he might not be far off. There may be a lot of truth to how the Kpop industry is being depicted in the comics. The comic talks about Korean actress, Jang Ja-yeon, who committed suicide last year due to depression and stress relating to, what her suicide note claimed was forced sex with VIPs in the industry.
Of course the agencies representing KARA and Girls’ Generation are considering legal action.
But this sort of scandalous behavior isn’t particularly new to entertainment industries the world over and can be imagined quite easily in a Korean context where older male generations ‘manage’ the careers and lives of young, attractive girls (and boys). I don’t see how Japan can be pointing fingers though, when there is already a long history of sensational sex scandal going down in JPop.
For instance, let’s not forget the many ‘ALLEGED’ accounts of the Japanese boy band godfather, Kitagawa, whom many former band members claim hosted a few “Michael Jackson-style sleepovers, which often culminated in an activity which is most succinctly described as rape” according to this VICE article.
Other takes on the story
Such is the way of the entertainment industry I guess. What do you all think? Is this stuff going on a lot or only in isolated incidences?
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