12:01 am - 11/20/2018

Big Hit updates on legal action against malicious commenters + Update on controvery

On November 19, Big Hit Entertainment has shared an update on BTS’s official fan cafe titled, “Notice regarding status of legal actions pertaining to the violation of our artists’s rights.”

The agency had announced in 2016 that it would be seeking legal action to protect BTS and provided updates in 2017 and in June of this year.

Their most recent update reads as follows:

“Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment. We wish to notify you on the status of our legal action against posts related to BTS.

“In June, we spoke of our legal course of action against malicious netizens who leave malicious posts that attack our artists. We also collected evidence through Big Hit’s official e-mail address.

“From June 15 to late October, we received approximately 41,000 e-mails. There are approximately 70,000 cases (some repeated) made regarding the group and each artist. We have sought legal counsel and brought charges against those who have gone beyond simply stating their opinions and instead partake in actions such as malicious slander, hateful comments, spreading of false information, personal attacks, and defamation in a continuous manner that gravely violates the rights of our artists.

“We have also sought legal action against netizens who impersonated an employee of our agency and spread false information and posts. We plan to act swiftly and strongly against malicious netizens through hiring a professional law firm that specializes in this field. In order to protect the rights of our artists and our agency, we plan to pursue full legal action with no settlements or reduced sentences for the people who create and spread malicious slander and false information, even if it takes a long time to complete the process.

“We will continue to provide updates on the situation. We ask for the full cooperation of fans.”

Big Hit Personally Apologizes To Atomic Bomb Victims Association In Korea

On November 16, Big Hit Entertainment gave an official apology to atomic bomb victims from Hapcheon, South Gyeongsang Province in Korea.

70 percent of Korean atomic bomb victims hailed from Hapcheon and many survivors of the atomic bomb settled in this county after returning from Hiroshima following the war. Due to this, Hapcheon has been called “the Hiroshima of Korea.”

Big Hit’s operations representative Lee Jin Hyung visited the Hapcheon Atomic Bomb Museum at 1 p.m. KST this day and held a private meeting with around 10 officials from the Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association to apologize.

During the private discussion, Lee Jin Hyung reportedly stated, “Because there was a high chance that the victims were hurt [by the incident], we thought that it was our duty to personally contact them. Although it wasn’t our intention, if there were any victims hurt by the [t-shirt], we deeply apologize.”

The operations representative continued, “This isn’t a meeting intended for the media, but one that was held to meet the association and victims in person.”

Following the private meeting, the association gave an official statement by saying, “The atomic bomb victims understand and sympathize with the series of events.”

Association leader Lee Gyu Yeol commented, “After making an issue out of the BTS member’s shirt depicting an atomic bombing, Japan — the war crime perpetuators — are cosplaying as if they were the only country in the world affected by atomic bombs, rather than apologizing.”

He continued, “I can’t hide my astonishment at how some of the thoughtless Japanese media with no sense of history are trying to halt BTS’s broadcast appearances, showing their hypocritical attitude, instead of trying to construct a public sentiment where [its citizens] can reflect over their country’s history of aggression.”

He also added, “Instead of thinking that we achieved independence due to the atomic bomb, I’d like if we all thought about the inhumane nature of atomic bombs. I hope Japanese authorities and media do not mislead or distort public sentiment and refrain from interfering with BTS’s innocent activities.”

He concluded, “[They] should also refrain from using the apology from BTS’s agency to encourage anti-Korean public sentiments.”

Previously, Big Hit Entertainment had released an official statement about the controversies surrounding BTS. They gave explanations for various clothing items worn by members in the past that included imagery of an atomic bomb and a Nazi symbol, and stated that they would apologize to both atomic bomb victim associations in Japan and Korea and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Simon Wiesenthal Center Reveals And “Welcomes” Apology From Big Hit Entertainment

The Simon Wiesenthal Center announced on November 13 in a brief post titled “Wiesenthal Center Welcomes K-Pop Group’s Apology For Incidents Offensive To Jewish And Japanese Victims Of WWII” that Big Hit Entertainment has sent them an apology and that the center “welcomed” it. The center included an image capture of the apology, which you can find below.

In the apology, Big Hit wrote:

Big Hit Entertainment is aware of the current incident surrounding our artist. The artist was seen wearing a hat that we understand was deeply offensive in a 2014 magazine photoshoot, given to him from a collection of the magazine’s stylist. Big Hit Entertainment is deeply conscious of our responsibility, as it is no excuse that we failed to screen the matter and regret that it happened. We will continue to educate ourselves, be more sensitive to such matters, and protect our artist from such incidents and the implications they may carry. We sincerely apologize to anyone who took offense in regards. It is worth noting that the artist has shared a message recently at the UN, which demonstrated their consistent beliefs that loving yourself and love for others are of primary importance in the world now, and that been a global message for the artist. Both Big Hit and the artists hope to continue spreading that message and share love for all humankind.

Again, thanks for your time and attention.

Source: @soompi, naver via soompi, Yonhap News via soompi, wiesenthal via soompi
nekobot 20th-Nov-2018 12:13 am (UTC)
I still don't like how they've framed their apologies only to the extent of their errors that they have had to face consequences for but maybe even moreso how they're almost erasing the members and acting like this is a company mistake only as if it would really be so bad for any of them to go "hey I messed up, it's not okay, I'll try better". I just don't understand what they could have to lose from being seen to genuinely try to be better at least, these are all okay steps to take but it's not just the company that needs to take them. I'm not saying in this particular controversy that RM is to blame for the hat personally but Jimin being dead silent (as far as I know) about everything that happened is very offputting. One big reason Koreans stay mad at Japan is exactly their reluctance to own up to their mistakes and apologise so failing to do this in this case is especially ironic.

I think this is one way in which I was wrong looking at their contract renewal with Big Hit as a bad idea because the fact that they're resigning with a company of which they are the only asset which, as a result, means that said company will be willing to taint their own name as long as the BTS brand (and therefore their income) is still intact is indeed something they could never get elsewhere. However the standard that this is setting for how they'll deal with any future mistakes as people is not good at all.
lil_poisonfrog 20th-Nov-2018 11:57 am (UTC)
Yup, Armys are acting like BH taking all the blame is normal even though idols make individual apologies for their mistakes all the time. Even for dating scandals and stuff where they actually did nothing wrong. Just off the top of my head, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Jun.K, that JBJ guy, Tzuyu, and Seungri have all done it in recent years.

I think this strategy could really blow up in their faces in the future though. Just wait until they're older and their relevancy has faded, and they have more free time to get into trouble. If they do something to piss off the Korean public I don't think a statement from BH 2 weeks too late will help them.
kyulkyung 20th-Nov-2018 12:13 am (UTC)
guess i'm going to jail..
jillyjellly 20th-Nov-2018 05:33 am (UTC)
pretty sure the rest of the internet wants omona/ontd commenters in jail
lil_poisonfrog 20th-Nov-2018 12:02 pm (UTC)
LOL it's true though. Occasionally I see Omona brought up on r/kpop and other sites and ppl get so mad that we don't constantly fellate their faves lmao. It's funny bc ONTD is 10 times as harsh, they really don't hold shit back over there lol.
miwa201 20th-Nov-2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
it's so weird how people talk about omona, on ontd they say we excuse everyone, while everywhere else they say we hate on everyone
lil_poisonfrog 20th-Nov-2018 04:17 pm (UTC)
Tbh I only consistently see a certain banned user on ONTD acting like we constantly make excuses for ppl...meanwhile it's usually maybe 1 or 2 ppl in a post who are like that.

Granted it will always be worse in a post for whatever male group is popular in the moment. The original post about Jimin's shirt (before it blew up internationally) was wild, I thought I was on another site for a sec. Half the ppl were more upset at Jimin being called ugly by J-netz than him wearing a horrific incident as a fashion statement like what in the actual fuck
jillyjellly 20th-Nov-2018 04:14 pm (UTC)
lj and r/kpop are my main sources for kpop news and lately on r/kpop it's gone from passive aggressively shading omona users to straight up trashing the site as if it's allkpop. i guess more people browse lj than i had previously thought
lil_poisonfrog 20th-Nov-2018 04:21 pm (UTC)
Lol we're still relevant I guess! I've only started regularly checking out r/kpop recently but the place seems overrun with Armys and I'd bet that's where a lot of the ire towards Omona comes from. All of the posts there about the Japan controversy had a shitload of downvotes bc of Armys brigading.
donutism 20th-Nov-2018 08:14 pm (UTC)
r/kpop is willing to jump through all the hoops to defend their favs its hilarious
lizanka23 20th-Nov-2018 12:36 am (UTC)
i really hope that they're just taking legal action against the people that have sent them death threats and not anyone who criticizes them, especially with legitimate points.i always find korean slander laws so iffy and vague
nekobot 20th-Nov-2018 12:56 am (UTC)
They probably won't. They can only take it so far before it backfires on them because trying to go after anyone who has anything negative to say instead of people that are actually spreading false or slanderous info will only create a Streisand effect. Plus it would be a waste of resources considering they have stalkers and people going after personal info that are much more of a threat to them than random online comments are.

But if I'm wrong, dibs on the top bunk in prison.
jazzygyu 20th-Nov-2018 03:58 am (UTC)
Why didn’t they do this when Jimin was getting death threats not when they are actually being criticized for something that should be criticized for...I’m really over bighit and the way they handle scandals...
sciencebottle 20th-Nov-2018 05:39 am (UTC)
echoing that I hope the action they intend to take is for actual malicious commenters, not anyone and everyone that has valid criticism (which from what I see of army twitter is what the fans want....smh).

Apologies are great and all but a) it took them way too long, and b) the members should be held responsible for their actions. Half-assed apologies (in general) will only continue to encourage this 'protect the members!!!!111!!' mentality. Hold people responsible for their actions.
daynr 20th-Nov-2018 06:14 am (UTC)
wow, taking action makes me move BigHit from regular company trash pile to the fuckoff trash pile.

well, depending on who they plan to go after, but if it is anybody but a saesang or an anti-fan coming with a bottle of poison for staff or members, then the company needs to go.
shintotchi 20th-Nov-2018 09:53 am (UTC)

Did people not read the article or something? Bighit has been seeking legal action since 2016. This was just an update from that. Also the example of malicious commenters was someone who gaked being a Bighit employee and spread rumors. They even daid they weren't going after people just expressibg their opinion. So then why has half the comment section concluded Bighit is being petty and coming after people expressing their opinion on a small english speaking platform?

juhli 20th-Nov-2018 12:21 pm (UTC)
yeah, maybe i shouldn't have lumped up all the updates together...made it seem like there is a correlation...
mc1a 21st-Nov-2018 05:47 am (UTC)
I wish I was still surprised by the reading comprehension levels in this community.
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