my roommate is 2 days younger than me so i’ve gotten into the habit of saying “when i was your age..” and then describing what i did 2 days ago
Okay I’m going to share my sincere opinion on this Jessica matter because it’s just frustrating how some fans don’t seem to get the situation.
Firstly, korean fans of hers already knew for quite a while she’s been in the edge of leaving. She’s been planning a whole new life outside of SM, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, of course. We all know our idols aren’t going to be idols forever. So, she started thinking about marriage and even launching her own brand and pursuing the fashion career in the US/China market.
The thing is, you can’t be a part-time fashionista. You can’t be a part-time worker if you own a business like that in general. You can’t hire people to do fashion for you, you need to be there. Also, she’s going to study in the US. Do you really think she will be able to handle SNSD promotions AND studying abroad? And it’s not close, you know. She would have to go back and forth all the time. Imagine during tours and stuff, how exhausted she would be.
Fans said ‘oh, but a lot of idols study and promote at the same time’. Yes, but they study in Korea, and also school is something everyone needs to go through, no matter what you want to do in the future, it’s not something you can avoid.
Then people started mentioning how AJ studied abroad and was still a U-KISS member. Fine, but he’s doing college so he has regular breaks where he can come back to U-KISS and promote together for a while. But can a fashionista be free from period to period? No. And also, if you look close NH Media has been trying to put U-KISS comebacks when AJ is free with University and can come to promote with them. Don’t you think this is a bit pointless and selfish? To have all the members of your group and your company to plan everything around your own schedule? Well, U-KISS members seem to be fine with that so no big deal, but SNSD members are clearly not. Jessica chose a new career to follow, and this obviously means she’s done being an idol.
But Jessica couldn’t give one thing up. She’s human too, and we know how attached she probably is to SNSD, but this is selfish behavior. I’m sure things would have ended differently if she stepped out from the groups friendly and said she wanted to follow her dream, I’m sure people would support her, SNSD member included. She had to make a choice, and failed to do so, in result SM had to make that choice for her. You see, it wasn’t even mean or anything. She’s about to pursue her dream and bound to succeed in her new path, SM set her free to do it. She probably didn’t want to admit this had no way of working out with her doing the two things together, but of course SM knew.
If they said they were kicking her out as a threat for her to make up her mind about choosing either SNSD or her own business, or if they actually meant it, we will never know. She immediately posted it on her Weibo, sounding like a spoiled kid who was denied her lollipop. We can’t have everything in life, that’s the truth. I’m far from being a SNSD/Jessica hater, I feel bad for the members, I hope both parties can find happiness, but to be honest in my opinion this is way more unfair to the 8 remaning members than to Jessica herself. People need to stop blindly blaming the companies for everything that happens to their idols. Jessica should have left the group by herself.
If Jessica wanted to leave to be a fashionista and SM didn’t let her go because of her contract, people would’ve blamed SM for that too. I’m not saying SM has no faults, but this time I don’t think they should be blamed. They did what was better to both sides. It would be really burdensome having no confirmation of Jessica being able or not to attend concerts, fansigns, promotions. It would make everyone stressed and would make their plans for SNSD way harder. I’m not trying to be mean, just thinking rationally about the situation.