[TRANS] 140701 “External Influence Suspected” vs “It’s Not A Political Issue” … The IAG-JYJ Controversy

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JYJ, who have been active as the honorary ambassadors of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, may not be able to appear in the opening and closing ceremonies of the event. Although they have actively promoted the games for the past year and a half, it seems as though their names have been scratched off the invitation list.

From this arose the ‘external influence controversy’ that JYJ (Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu)’s status as former members of TVXQ has blocked them from attending the opening and closing ceremonies. TVXQ went to court in 2009 because of a contract problem with SM Entertainment.

With news that SM Entertainment’s EXO will perform at the opening ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games in September, the controversy is gaining speed as being highly plausible.

Director Jang Jin, who is in charge of both the event and the ceremonies, spoke up about this during the press conference that was held on the 1st and said, “We have not made any announcements on JYJ’s participation in the opening and closing ceremonies because their appearance has not been confirmed yet. If Kim Junsu participates in the performance in the second act that involves musical stars, his act could overlap with JYJ’s, so we’re in the final stages of arbitration. It would be great to see them at the ceremony.” He continued to state, “JYJ have done so much for the events, acting as the honorary ambassadors for the past two years. There are a few details that need to be ironed out but it is definitely not a political issue.”

A representative of the IAG’s committee also revealed in a phone conversation with xportsnews that, “We’re currently signing contracts with the celebrities who will be appearing in the ceremony. JYJ’s appearance has not been confirmed yet. It will probably be confirmed in two or three weeks.”

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However, JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment released an official statement on this day and pressured the committee by saying, “The IAG must follow through with the promise they made with us.”

C-JeS revealed parts of their contract as they stated, “In the process of discussing JYJ’s role as honorary ambassadors, the IAG’s committee promised, ‘In the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as press conferences with foreign press, JYJ will be given priority over others when Korean singers are needed.’ At the time, the head of the committee and those in charge of promotional activities promised that JYJ would be able to appear in the opening and closing ceremonies as the finale act.”

C-JeS ended with, “We hope that the Incheon Asian Games’ breach of contract is not a result of the illogical and unfair external influences that JYJ have faced in the past.”

JYJ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu left TVXQ and SM Entertainment in 2009. When they began holding promotional activities as JYJ, their broadcasted activities were severely restricted. In July of 2013, the Fair Trade Commission ruled an issue correction order against SM Entertainment and the Korean Federation of Pop Culture and Art Industries for interfering with JYJ’s broadcasted activities. SM Entertainment is currently in charge of EXO and TVXQ.

Because of this, questions are being raised on whether external influences are in play for an event that is supposed to be an Asian celebration that brings 45 countries together.

While working as the honorary ambassadors of the Incheon Asian Games, JYJ have released the games’ official theme song ‘ONLY ONE’ and shot a music video. They also filmed a no-guarantee commercial and participated in promotional events, which included showcase events in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guangzhou, China last year.

Source: [xports news]
Translated & Shared by: dongbangdata.net

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