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Shinhwa’s Kim Dong Wan Speaks Up About How Mental Health Is Treated In The Industry

Shinhwa’s Kim Dong Wan shared his thoughts on mental health in the entertainment industry. On October 15, the singer and actor wrote the following post on his Instagram, seemingly in light of Sulli’s passing.

"When an athlete suffers a ligament injury, even in cases when recovery by conservative treatment or rehabilitation is possible, they are usually advised to receive surgery despite the potential aftereffects. This is because the treatment period that follows an injury is included in their contracts.

With the surge in media outlets and celebrities, there are more and more things that they are forcing each other to do. There are so many adults who expect young [celebrities] to show bright and healthy smiles when they can’t eat or sleep properly. They expect [the celebrities] to be sexy but not have sex and to be tough but not fight with anyone. Many junior celebrities are agonizing over how big of an illness they want to carry in their hearts for the sake of the sweet taste of money and status.

So many papers and reports are telling us how convenient and fast psychoactive drugs are and how many side effects and aftereffects they bring about. We must no longer stand by and watch people offer substances because they were asked to or because they need a quick solution. We cannot overlook the fact that the complacent actions taken by large agencies can bring about a contagious disease that is spread without contact."

source: soompi 1 2, danedwkim11
benihime99 15th-Oct-2019 03:39 pm (UTC)
Both labels and the audience see idols as product and not people
When you mix that with the stigma around mental health it's a recipe for disaster

We scrutinize idol and hold them to unreachable standards, this is on us too
rolezeira 15th-Oct-2019 03:54 pm (UTC)
He's right and should say it. I wish there was some has-been idol dettached enough from SK to expose the filth in the industry. Maybe some Korean-American/Canadian/Australian in the near future...
myrrhcat 15th-Oct-2019 04:54 pm (UTC)
i've heard about how mental illness is not taken seriously in sk, and how even those who get to see a therapist/psychiatrist may receive little help (just stop being depressed, etc.) i wonder if an infusion of outside influence would help. if i were a therapist i'd be thinking about trying to start a practice there.
coyote_revolver 15th-Oct-2019 04:57 pm (UTC)
Good for him for speaking out. I hate the stigma around mental health, and it's unfortunately really prevalent around most of the world.
goshipgurl 15th-Oct-2019 05:08 pm (UTC)
They expect [the celebrities] to be sexy but not have sex
this line stood out to me because it hit the nail on the head. they expect idols to be innocent virgins yet they have to sing songs about love and sex.
pwrpuffgrl 15th-Oct-2019 05:50 pm (UTC)
MTE it's ridiculous, they're humans ffs
tungatunga 15th-Oct-2019 05:21 pm (UTC)
And apart form bolded text that is so true it hurts, the last paragraph is pretty interesting, it's something everyone here on Omona suspected from long time ago, instead of therapy or schedule adjustment, they go for quick fixes to keep the idols going.
fallendaydreams 15th-Oct-2019 05:21 pm (UTC)
I’m officially a retired kpop fan. I can’t do it anymore. Seeing two people I love be killed and knowing that everyone will move on in a couple of days...

Nothing will change.... people will turn a blind eye and continue to pour money into these companies. I have to end the cycle here.
sciencebottle 15th-Oct-2019 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'm really tired too. I understand how you feel.
thebloomroom 15th-Oct-2019 05:31 pm (UTC)
Its really tiring and i feel shitty for participating in this too. Its not going to change. Ugh
benihime99 15th-Oct-2019 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's completely understandable
This is partially why I'm trying to stay lear of younger groups or anything from "regular" label.
I'd rather support indie artist, or idols I know are in control o their career.
pwrpuffgrl 15th-Oct-2019 05:56 pm (UTC)
I only follow BTS but I understand, the losses are incredibly sad.

This is why I only get into their music and that's it. Seeing the way idols are drained, overworked, not taken care of and how the companies take every opportunity to win money is truly disgusting. I can't wait for them to enlist tbh.
broadcities 15th-Oct-2019 06:11 pm (UTC)
it's really frustrating. i understand how you feel.
krissasaur 15th-Oct-2019 07:33 pm (UTC)
I still am "into kpop" and check mv's, but I have been pretty much done with kpop since jjong left us. The times I do view kpop is always because friends ask me to hang out and thats what they want to do. I still check omona cause its a thing I have done for 10+ years of my life so its become a habit.... but overall just feel really numb to kpop. I have also been thinking it doesn't help that I tend to not really be into most girl group, and men are just gross and exhausting, and after burning sons, I am just untrusting of any male idol. (I mean, I still like the boy bands and people i liked before, but I feel disconnected af.)

Edited at 2019-10-15 07:34 pm (UTC)
ursulavosyem 15th-Oct-2019 09:15 pm (UTC)
You know what, I think I'm about to head there too. I'm just tired. Nothing changes.
neoreulwonhae 15th-Oct-2019 09:57 pm (UTC)
Same girl. Idk if I'm officially retired yet but it's very tempting. I haven't cared ~that much~ in a long time anyway, but this is feeling like the last straw.
pikapika217 15th-Oct-2019 10:26 pm (UTC)
I feel you sis, for real. this continues to hit me very hard emotionally
countthesaints 15th-Oct-2019 05:48 pm (UTC)
Things will never change as long as corporations continue profiting operating the way they have and it is fucking exhausting.
broadcities 15th-Oct-2019 06:14 pm (UTC)
good that he's speaking out, especially as an older idol who's more in charge of his career now. i agree that long term solutions should be sought - kpop definitely needs a complete overhaul as a system. it's frustrating though that entertainment companies as corporations will only seek change when it will benefit them, not their employees/idols
scionofawhisper 15th-Oct-2019 06:37 pm (UTC)
Idols are super sexualized both by their company and fans... yet if they have sex it's like a crime. So ridiculous.

Like in WJSN's Catch Me at one point they literally sound like they moaning during sex, and have lots of shots from below, but they gotta be innocent~

Edited at 2019-10-15 06:41 pm (UTC)
krissasaur 15th-Oct-2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dear lord. I just went and rewatched that video. The first time I watched it I didn't even pick up on that..... but weren't some of them literal children in this video? It was their debut, right?

Edited at 2019-10-15 07:38 pm (UTC)
infj23 15th-Oct-2019 08:37 pm (UTC)
This was a pitch perfect response to the tragedy of it all. I wish there was a way for idols/solo artists to unionize but I doubt teenagers will ever be given that much power within the entertainment industry.
lil_poisonfrog 16th-Oct-2019 11:18 am (UTC)
God I would love an idol union so much. It would take tremendous work to get it going though. I think a group of senior idols who can afford to be blacklisted and also put in the time and effort it would take to organize everyone would have to lead the charge. And even then, they might be unable to convince younger/less successful idols to go against their companies and join.

Edited at 2019-10-16 11:19 am (UTC)
infj23 16th-Oct-2019 06:53 pm (UTC)
Even then, it would take 2-3 generations of idols who are willing to suffer through the initial onslaught entertainment companies would unleash.

That's why the idea should, at the very least, begin to be floated around. Reading all this crap about Idol School's contestants' working conditions just infuriates me. So many teenagers are being physically, emotionally, and mentally abused with so few avenues of recourse.

The entertainment companies should be obligated to do more for the environments they create.
lil_poisonfrog 16th-Oct-2019 08:34 pm (UTC)
I agree, and it would have to be mandatory to join like I believe some of the Hollywood ones are. Otherwise everyone can be replaced with some desperate kid who will tolerate any terrible treatment for a chance at fame. I'm guessing idols would have to lobby the government or something for it to work

Edited at 2019-10-16 08:35 pm (UTC)
lightframes 16th-Oct-2019 10:10 pm (UTC)
MTE. They really need someone to stand up for them. Easier when you can stick together in a union.
neoreulwonhae 15th-Oct-2019 09:55 pm (UTC)
azoarka 16th-Oct-2019 05:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely agreed. But I want to know before saying anything further, has he supported Minwoo the way Junjin has? Because predators like Minwoo are a big reason for idols suffering as well.
psharp10 17th-Oct-2019 08:36 pm (UTC)
as far as i have kept up, i don't think he has? but if he has then i gotta unfollow :( i follow him on insta and haven't seen anything on there yet
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