Forenote / 前言
Super long post, but it provides an insight into Jang Keun Suk’s background and current website situation.
Tree-J Company has made an announcement recently on JKS official website to advise official members NOT to re-post (original or translated) information, posts and videos etc outside of their website. After knowing this, I deleted my translation of JKS’ blog post (dated 6 Jan 2011) from my blog as well.
The notice caused an uproar and a divide among eels, some of whom think negatively about this new “guideline”.
So prepare a cup of coffee and something to munch on as you slowly digest the translation and my Personal Comments thereafter : )
—– TRANSLATION dated 6 Jan 2011 from an eel in Baidusukbar ——
Yesterday, Tree-J’s notice caused an uproar in Baidusukbar. Today, I really cannot take it anymore and need to express my personal opinion here. Please finish reading and then decide what you want to do.
(1) Please understand the CY incident in 2008
In 2008, JKS’ character Kang Gun Woo (KGW) in “Beethoven Virus” had different ideals from his teacher and KGW was disrespectful towards his teacher. As Korea is a country steeped in tradition and values emphasizing respect to seniority, JKS’ performance of this character made many Koreans dislike him, the actor as well.
In addition, at that time, being a frank person, JKS liked to express his honest comments and feelings on CY (something like Twitter in Korea). Such frank comments caused some to be unhappy with JKS, and said that JKS was pandering to the public. This earned JKS the negative nickname of “Fake Keun-Suk”. Some even left scathing comments scolding JKS on his CY. In the end, JKS closed his CY, in a way closing the door to his heart.
Eels, at that time, the number of JKS’ fans dropped drastically from tens of thousands to 5,000. You can imagine how tough it was for JKS to pull through that period – how much pressure he was under, facing doubts from the public, the pressure of public comments and the departure of fans.
(2) Reason why JKS is not popular in Korea
I believe that many eels would have felt that JKS is much more popular in countries other than his own. The scene of JKS arriving in Bangkok proves my point, but have we seen such airport scenes in Korea? Just as what JKS has said many times himself, he does not have much popularity in Korea. Why is such an excellent actor not popular in Korea? I think that the CY incident is still affecting JKS today.
One eel has previously described her encounter with a Korean middle-aged man at an airport. The Korean man said that no one liked JKS in Korea, and no one pays attention to JKS too. Some eels think that this man is rude or does not know of JKS. But after reading this, sharp pain pierced my heart! It really reflects a problem – some people in Korea really dislike JKS.
This is mainly due to the CY incident. Koreans are stubborn in their thinking, they will not easily forget these matters. Why does “You Are Beautiful” and “Marry Me, Marry (M3)” have such low ratings in Korea? Besides the fact that these dramas targetted younger viewers, one reason is that audience of older age groups dislike JKS and do not want to watch his dramas!
(3) Please understand Tree-J’s well intentions
Recently, due to criticisms and ratings of “M3”, JKS has been under much pressure with doubts cast on him. He confided his recent feelings and thoughts to us, and many of them are indeed private comments that should not be disclosed to public, such as the internal battle over M3 script and the ratings etc. Once disclosed publicly, it will bring JKS much trouble.
BaiduSukbar is a public place, anyone can enter and see posts. If anyone takes JKS’s blog as a tool to attack him, the CY incident will unfold again.
JKS is, by nature, a frank person. He does not hide his real feelings. Tree-J just wants to protect JKS. Even if their decision is not entirely correct, but when a decision brings more advantages than disadvantages, something has to be sacrificed. Have you all thought about why Tree-J suddenly released this notice? It must be because of JKS’ recent blog comments. Maybe they have been used by some Koreans to attack JKS.
(4) Please understand the administrators and be in their shoes.
The administrators are not wrong. They work without expecting any pay or benefits in return. Everyone is doing what they do because they love JKS. We are a united group. Please put yourself in their shoes and the position of Tree-J in looking at this matter.
The definition of a real eel is not based on whether you pay RMB 120 [official membership fee] or is an official website member or not; it is decided based on your heart! After reading this, please consider and decide. Frankly speaking, I’m not an official website member now. I didn’t join in the past due to concern of money transfer difficulty and because I could read JKS’ translated blog on Baidu. But now, I want to join the official website as member. This is the only way I can support JKS.
Please consider this matter based on your heart and not on money. I end my words here. If you disagree, you can ignore this post. No matter what your decision is, hope that we can be united, because I treat BaiduSukbar as my other home, and really do not wish to see such a divide.
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I don’t know what to say! It boils down to whether you believe what you’ve read.
Somehow, I lean towards agreement. There must be a reason why Tree-J came up with this official notice, and the CY incident did occur. Reading this BaiduSukbar post brought tears to my eyes and my heart went out to JKS.
I love JKS for his frankness, and in all the videos I’ve seen, he gives tactful and mature answers in interviews etc too.
He is also very frank in his blog comments, and whatever he chooses to reveal to his fans are his true feelings.
Rationally, I can understand Korea is a traditional country.
Personally, I think, what the heck! What is the world coming to, when a person is honest in expressing himself and suffers social repercussions? It’s not as if JKS is spreading malicious or false rumours; he’s just sharing his feelings. If anyone has anything to hide that is revealed by JKS, well …. What’s there to hide? What has an honest and upright person / company got to hide??
If JKS is in any way impeded in his career in Korea, well, my suggestion is, migrate to US or some other country where they believe in freedom of speech. Haha!
Finally, just to say that true eels will support JKS always. Some of us may not be official fanclub members due to our own reasons, it does not matter. The most important thing is to truly love JKS and support him in whatever way we can.
Keun-Suk oppa, GO GO GO!! Don’t feel sad, just be yourself! We love you for it!
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