My honest first reaction? I was disgusted.
Jaejoong, along with Yoochun and Junsu, apparently trash-talked a sasaeng (“private life”) fan and beat her while a friend of the sasaeng fan secretly audio-recorded it. To clarify, sasaeng fans are beyond your normal fangirls– e.g., they write letters in blood, they call their idols’ phones, break into their homes, make copies of their home keys, tail their cars with taxis.
I’ll make it short.
I was disgusted at three parties: Jaejoong / Yoochun / Junsu, sasaeng fans, and the normal fangirls. Jaejoong’s supposed act of physical violence and Yoochun and Junsu seemingly condoning it– it is shocking. To beat someone who is weaker than you, even if a sasaeng fan– it is just fundamentally horrifying. Looking at JYJ’s previous images, it is hard to imagine them other than gently smiling idols.
To be a sasaeng fan itself, prying yourself into every private corner without regard to the idols’ feelings– this kind of fan is not a true fan if they cannot respect their idols’ wishes for private peace. This kind of person without a conscience; a sociopath.
And the normal fangirls’ reactions? That I saw all over my Twitter timeline?
- Let’s just forget about it.
- She was moaning throughout the entire thing. She enjoyed it.
- Come on, JYJ were under a lot of stress.
- I mean, look, they’re sasaeng fans! They’re inhuman! They deserved to be treated this way!
- That audio is a fake.. obviously..
I still don’t know what really happened. I am not going to pass judgment about who is the wrong party. I don’t think anyone will ever truly know, but just seeing the normal fangirls’ reactions scared me so much more than I could have predicted. I died a bit inside when I read comments about the moaning.. I.. I.. it seemed the most horrifying way to rationalize things. During rape, people may scream and moan, but that doesn’t make the rape ‘enjoyable’ in any respect.
Just forget about it? Just forget about it?
Just forget about it.