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2PM Junsu WooYoung and Junho Interviews with Chosun

2PM Junsu “Completely awkward when not being on the stage”

-What kind of person is Junsu in 2PM?
“23 yr-old main vocalist who came from Daegu. I’m also a music and lyrics composer”

- What does 2PM mean to Junsu?
“Enthusiasm. Always be a group full of Fightings.”

- Since when did you want to be a singer?
“When I was at 3rd year of junior high school, I had watched Stevie Wonder concert videos several times. That look was so good that I used to sing along. Continuing to have that interest, I started to learn about sounding when I went to High school then at 2nd year, I made a demo tape and sent it to YG and JYP. During that time, JYP had held a singing contest at Daegu, I won the 1st place. I debuted as a singer just like hat”
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2PM Wooyoung “I’m the fussy mother of 2PM”

-What kind of person is Wooyoung in 2PM?
“I’m the fussy mother of 2PM. I’ve been loathing dirt so I always nag members to clean up. But no matter how often we clean, there’s plenty of dirt. Since we’re singers, it’s not good for our voices. That’s why members can hear a lot of unwanted sounds”

- Since when you dreamed of becoming a singer?
“5 or 6 years old? Since I went to kindergarten, I wanted to be a singer”

- Looks like you started at an early age
“Back then I had watched Michael Jackson’s music videos and received a great influence. A young kid had been affected by such shock (?) so later I woke up I made a determination that no matter what happened, I’d become a dancer! I started early.”

- When did you prepare to be a singer?
“At 2nd - 3rd year of junior high school. Since then I thought of being a singer and prepared for an audition alone at night. I joined JYP audition when I was at 1st year of High school.”

- Tell me about your charm
“Cute? (laughs) I heard people say that I was cute many times. Well, even I think that I have a sense of humor and wits”

- What do you think is your weak point?
“Too serious. The problem is that I’m worried too much.”

- The secret of taking care of body
“Fatty food is absolutely forbidden. Eat protein-rich foods like white eggs and chicken chest meat and try to eat rice such Jabgokbab(steamed rice with multi grains)”

- If you weren’t a singer, what do you think you would be right now?
“Dancing, for sure. I’ve trying to be a famous dancer ever since I was in Busan.”
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2PM Junho “I’m a quietly funny person”

2PM member Junho (19) just a small smile and his eyes turned into half-moon shape. “Having eyes that can smile is my charm. I have nothing special…” As if he was proud with his own charm, Junho smiled at us with his cute smiley eyes. He was no doubt a boy.

-What kind of person is Lee Junho?
“I’m relentless. My belief is ‘Do things that you can’t do!’. If there’s a problem, I’ll persistently think how I can solve it and tend to worry about it even when I practice singing or dancing. I need to know about myself well so I monitor myself a lot. I tried to be open to all criticisms that’s why I’m able to maintain my composure more than 1st album”

- What does 2PM mean to Junho?
“A liberal group. I don’t have members who I don’t like. Everyone is like a family, it’s the freedom. Although we’re all men, we haven’t had a fight, hit or beaten each other. Still we have to spend time together more.”

- Since when did you want to become a singer?
“When I was at elementary school, after watching ‘The fairy Commy’ I had a thought of becoming an actor. My dream kept changing from pilot, baseball player, basketball player to swimmer when I talked to my mother she wouldn’t listen much. I went to a drama school for high school. At my first year, as I had been learning about drama for half a year, I started singing as well. And then there was an audition for Super Star Survival. From 6500 persons, luckily I happened to win the 1st place. That’s why I got to join 2PM.”

-Do you think what is the reason that makes nuna fans get crazy over 2PM?
“Because there’s not much singers who sweat on the stage much like us? (laughs) Seems like the time that girls think guys sexy is when we dance and sweat. We have a sexy appeal of men maybe it’s the reason why nuna fans like us.”

-I think this is my charm…
“Smiley eyes? (laughs) nothing special.”

-From my point of view, my weak point is…
“Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to have many worries inside which makes me receive a lot of stress. To get rid of it, I’ll have delicious meals or play games with members at dorm”

- It looks like the passion of the team is suitable for the name 2PM
“We and 2AM came out as project groups. For 2AM, this team was built for soothing ballad like 2 a.m., it’s the time to listen to sensitive songs while 2PM presents energetic songs. Because 2 p.m. is the hottest time of the day.”

-What do you usually do at 2 p.m.?
“It depends, mostly being in the car or on standby. Ah, recently I replaced Park Myung Soo for One-day DJ. It’s a very meaningful experience.”

-Who was the member who studied well?
“It must be Taecyeon. I don’t know exactly how the others members’ grades were but Taecyeon said that before coming here, all he did in Boston was studying so it looks like he will study well”

-How is your real look different from what has been shown on TV?
“My image was created to be an unfunny person, honestly I’m a person who can make you roar with laughter. Not that I don’t have a sense of humor, it’s just a character that has been made. Is it because I’m only good at insulting jokes so I look like that?(laughs)”

- The secret of taking care of your body
“Working out steadily for about 1-2 hours every day. Usually I go to health club and set up meal plans.”

- If you weren’t a singer, what do you think you would be right now?
“Maybe I’d be just a normal student. However since I can’t study well, I’d love to major in drama which I was interested in when I was in high school.”

-What is the advice that President Park Jin Young always gives?
“He said ‘Don’t overdo it’ and it was fine to do something funny as well as to show our true selves on variety shows but on music ones he asked us to always present serious looks and be moderate in all things. Actually, I used to get scolded by President Park Jin Young. It was the debut day, at last stage everybody came onto the stage to have last words,I said it with frisky look.”


credit: Kor-Eng by Muize@2pm-online.com, SOURCE: Chosun
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THE LEADER LEFT US
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As of this morning, sadly, our dearest 2PM leader, Park Jaebeom has officially left the Beasty Idols.

Park Jaebeom's decision has been officially posted on the fan cafe of 2PM with JYP Entertainment's confirmation of his departure from 2PM. His flight back to the US is reportedly set today at 6:30 pm (KST). Surely Korean and international fans are absolutely in the state of shock although there has been rumors of replacement in the group, canceled 2PM activities, and posted petitions both to push for his complete elimination from 2PM and to garner support for keeping him with the rest of the members.
This unfortunate event reveals a number of issues that circulates fandom, society and the music industry:

One, Jaebeom's posts on his Myspace account four years ago showed that past doings, may it be good or bad or unconsciously done or thought to be forgotten or laid to rest, may possibly resurface in the most unguarded moments. Excessive fandom that hunts the past, present and future plans and any activities related to the idols are expected to be dug up --- no matter how cruel or good natured may they be. Reasons of immaturity and lack or sense of responsibility are deemed weak since age does not relate to one's level of maturity to know what is impolite and improper. Also, privacy even for our idols who live public lives must be respected by both fans and anti-fans.

Two, reading his past Myspace comments may at first garner disgust which is only normal as his comments were cited with words that seemed inappropriate, impolite or insensitive socially and culturally. Thus, it is not surprising for a public uproar for his carelessness. However, this happened four years ago and as Jay Park has explained in his apology, he has changed this past years and learned a lot from his experiences. Netizens like their idols must keep in mind that they too undergo emotional problems like normal people do.

Three, this is related to the previous that is, netizens must also gauge their reactions towards their idols' mistakes or mishaps. Although this issue is culturally sensitive, it is still unjustifiable to demand that their idol who has done mistake must commit suicide. Demanding suicide is blatantly unethical and rude. Death can never resolve mistakes, it only adds fuel to the fire because it will not strike at the heart of the problem. This kind of petitions are weak masks used to cover up hatred but does not conjure any equitable solution to the problem.

Fourth, apologies might have been said but sincere apologies equals accountability. This does not mean completely forgetting the incident (although some supportive fans argue that they love the leader so much that it is enough to forgive and forget). 2PM leader has apologized sincerely and we as rational beings must accept it. The next step is to prove sincerity and heartfelt reflection on the misdeed done. On the other side, netizens must be vigilant that their idols are responsible enough. But accountability should never mean death from someone because this is unjust and against human's right to life.

Fifth,netizens' uproar demonstrates the extreme case of fandom which can be injurious.Also,this shows the flaws of the entertainment companies and idols themselves who knew all along the kind of fandom environment and must be keen enough to be mindful of their deeds since even past actions have recurring effect in the future.

Thus, I think Park's departure from 2PM is an early move in the midst of heated demands from the netizens. I suggest that the group should have let the issue wane down a little longer, like the cancellation of their activities.Although this is difficult since the netizens' next steps are uncertain and might be worse, staying calm and prudent at times of too much friction is good enough.To display sincerity, Park on his side must show how truly sorry he was by reaching out to his fans, like any good deed such as donations to communities etc.This is not building hypocritical image but a way of cleaning one's self by showing how deeply committed he/she is to do good things. Also, we must remember that idols and netizens alike must be just in their actions and decisions since everyone as a human being is entitled to express his/her thoughts freely but responsibly. Wrong deed can never be solved by another mistake.

Much lessons can be learned from this incident. If both idols and the netizens reflect and understand equitably the whole situation, both camps will gain and correct the imperfections of a crazy fandom syndrome and at the end be beneficial for the society.

I hope Park Jaebeom's departure is not the end of this dilemma because I hope that the other camp of the netizens will likewise be liable enough to the post-incident effects. What I mean is that the side of 2PM has partaken on their responsibility which means that the other side, that is the netizens who have displayed improper decorum, must also be responsible enough. If the public is brave and quick to correct the misdeeds of their idols, the society must also at the same time be equally assertive in correcting the misdeed of some rude netizens. Fandom is a colorful culture which may break or embellish the industry since the fans are the consumers who create demands and support. But fandom is also a mutual relationship between the idols who market themselves and the netizens who support them.

I hope for the best for Park Jaebeom and the netizens' enlightenment. 2PM, let's go!


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I totally agree with you on statement # 5. also thank you for posting this,. I'm sure Dearest Park Jaebom will reflectt on these events and will get strength from the outpouring support of his loyal fans and the love of his family specially his MOM. Thebest always for JAY>
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This is crazy... I support Jay all the way.. people just dont seem to understand.. come on really it was 4 year ago.. is it really a big deal.. get over it.. be strong Jay..
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i seriously hate netizens...it happened 4 years ago and he was once a bad kid undergoing a lot ov pressure but lot can change in those 4 years and he has become a better person...he left holding his head high as a leader and doing "what he thought" was rite...by leaving his members...coz stupid neitzens would probly blame the members ov 2PM..seriously netizens acting like they haven't made mistakes before pffttt yea rite
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