10:10 pm - 12/03/2018

Xia Junsu Tears Up At Comeback Concert As He Opens Up About His Broadcast Ban & Artist Life

some points he mentioned, in case you don't watch the full vid:

  • he thought it would be impossible for him to perform at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium again (which is where he held his last concerts before enlistment ~2 years ago; capacity 11~12k)

  • he finds it surprising that he has teenage fans especially because it's been about 9 years since he's been able to have exposure (via broadcasts/television) aside from the EBS Space Empathy program and the articles written by journalists/news

  • he doesn't feel like he's a celebrity because he doesn't get to go on broadcasts and wonders if he should even be called a celebrity

  • it's not a level playing field since he doesn't get to go on broadcasts and promote properly, but he's okay with it since it's a path he chose

  • even though they won the lawsuits and all, he didn't expect that he wouldn't be able to go on tv for this long

  • when he was watching tv in the barracks with his fellow soldiers, he saw some actress and comedian appear on a variety show who had been on a blacklist for some 10 years or so and because of administration change were able to come on tv again, and he wanted to cheer them on

  • he realized that a lot of people/general public think either (a) he doesn't go on tv because he doesn't want to (not true - he would like to be able to go on shows) or (b) assume he has been appearing on tv; so they don't know that he's not able to go on broadcasts

  • what he wants is just to be able to sing his song at least once or twice on TV to properly promote his new albums/songs, he's not asking to appear on variety shows to tell his story (although that'd be nice) or even get 1st place

  • thinking about all this, for the first time in his life, his self esteem hit rock bottom and he thought about quitting being a singer, around jan/feb of this year, because it was making things hard for his fans

  • "You guys can let go of being a fan when it wears you down. Really. When work and life catches up on you, and it's exhausting, isn't it? And so it's okay. As long as you enjoy today and cherish each moment as it comes...that's all we need to do."

  • it's painful for him to see his fans fighting so hard for him, so he wants to tell them that it's not needed, it's okay as long as they enjoy each moment together - it doesn't matter if the number becomes smaller, he'll always try his best and work hard to have more fun/enjoyable moments with the fans, all they need to do is enjoy themselves and they can communicate through music and concerts

A comment by Sergeant Kim Kyungryul (who was the sergeant on the team Junsu was in during his enlistment) on the video linked above:

sources: withxiahcom (youtube), @shinkipeia (1, 2), newsen, @xianonymity (1, 2) - they subbed the vid + comment

i really wanted to share this because it was really heartbreaking to read/watch about this, i hope it's ok mods! ;; it's something we already know, but for him to openly address it like this and open up about his recent struggles, it was really hard to watch :( i'm glad he's continuing on though! on a bright note, in his latest vlive, jaejoong mentioned that he's filming for some show (not online one like photo people) and he's been spotted with comedian lee jinho and fti's jonghoon, so i'm hoping it's able to be broadcasted and it means things are somewhat looking up!!
rockerista03 4th-Dec-2018 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad he's back aww this is making me emotional. He's always been such a sweetheart and was definitely one of my favourites along with Yunho and Changmin (his love-hate relationship with Changmin was my favourite tbh and Yunho always seemed to spoil him the most when they were all still together). Junsu was the one person in JYJ that I was not expecting to leave SM tbh but there were circumstances at play that only the 5 of them really know. JYJ has done problematic stuff, but my heart breaks the most for Junsu with the whole ban (my heart doesn't break for Yoochun at all lol he's always given me the creeps).

I hope SM stops being an ass and lifts the ban (or for the broadcast companies to grow some backbone and lift the ban themselves) soon and he gets to perform on music shows again. Dare I hope he meets Yunho and Changmin when it does? lol wishful thinking on my part ig but I'm still hoping.
aures 4th-Dec-2018 01:12 pm (UTC)
i think it's impossible so far for broadcast companies to grow backbone, SM is too powerful - they have some of the biggest artists and if they pull back it could cause /so/ much damage, not only to music shows but also variety shows - there's so much more to think of than just airing something, a lot of jobs and payment is on the line and it's hard to go without SM's support, it's possible, but difficult
SM should just man up and get over themselves, it's so dumb anyway, this ban is lasting way too long - i mean, Jaejoong has finally been able to go on broadcast in Japan, which is already a HUGE step, so there's hope, Japan loves Jaejoong so hopefully slowly but surely there will be more space for the both of them
rockerista03 4th-Dec-2018 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I completely forgot SM has the biggest artists. 2018 has been such a big year for non-Big 3 artists, it completely slipped my mind that SM still stands as the biggest agency to date.

But yes, SM should just get over themselves already. I witnessed the mud being thrown on both sides and I understand that it was a complete destruction of relationships but it's been 9 years. Japan remains to be the niche of TVXQ, Jaejoong and Junsu that it's more likely to actually see them perform or be in a show together than in their own home country. Which is a little sad considering they can't even perform/promote properly in Korea.
aures 4th-Dec-2018 01:45 pm (UTC)
SM is absolutely huge, not just in korea but also in Japan. They co-own (?) Avex Group. Avex Group is an affiliate of big companies like Johnny's Entertainment and J-Storm (Arashi). It's a little complicated but they are all related somehow.
SM also has some actors~
don't forget things like commercials etc., if they pull everything out it'll be a disaster for a broadcast company, you don't want to get into a war with SM being a broadcast company.

me too, i was in my second year of kpop when it happened, TVXQ was huge (well, they still are) and it was a huge mess. But please SM, the punishment has been long enough.

agreed @ japan. but man, i wanted to cry when Jaejoong got to appear on music station, he had such a good time (he even went over to Arashi to give them his album and to greet them)
rockerista03 4th-Dec-2018 03:08 pm (UTC)
I honestly sometimes forget how big SM is in Japan and I've been a K-Pop/TVXQ fan for 12 years. I know how complicated the whole relationship is but with so much going on in the Japanese music industry, it escapes me at times how crazy the relations are.

And definitely. Not to mention the stocks they have and all their subsidiaries. I only just found out that KeyEast is already an SM subsidiary.

It was my third or fourth year as a Cassie when it all went down and it was not a good feeling lmao just remembering the shit that went down and the heartbreak I went through is giving me a headache.
psharp10 4th-Dec-2018 02:07 pm (UTC)
partly echoing what's been said below in replies but sm also has a lot of comedians/entertainers under them (off the top of my head, it includes kang hodong, lee soogeun, jun hyunmoo - who all do like 6-10 programs? and are very popular) so it gets tough for broadcasting stations in case sm pulls an ultimatum for them (which i guess must be already happening)
rockerista03 4th-Dec-2018 03:16 pm (UTC)
Their C&C and other subsidiaries usually escape me ngl but yeah, I remember them all now and SM pulling out will definitely leave a giant hole in a broadcast company's foundation. I only just found out that KeyEast is already an SM subsidiary, along with ESteem and Mystic. I believe Shin Dong Yup, Han Chae-young and Kim Suro are also under SM C&C. Is Jang Dong Gun still signed on SM C&C?
psharp10 4th-Dec-2018 08:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, exactly, lots of top entertainers and actors and artists, sm has too much leverage and i don't think that jyj bill that was in talks did much at all :/

jang donggun is no longer under sm c&c! he established his own one person agency with his longtime manager
rockerista03 4th-Dec-2018 09:29 pm (UTC)
I've learned not to expect anything on a filed bill until it actually becomes law tbh. I've been working for a politician for far too long and got disappointed far too many times for me to be optimistic on filed bills :/ In any case, I hope the JYJ bill gets picked up again, idec if it's for clout but at least people will start talking about it again and it might actually get pushed more forward this time. Although I think they might try and change the approach considering anything with Yoochun's name stuck on it will receive backlash and it won't look too good on the politician or Jaejoong and Junsu.

About time tbh! I understand he needed an agency then but I'm glad he's established his own the way so he could work in his own terms. Jang Dong Gun's name is still very much in the high tier after all.
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