A is for Amber
Amber has always been the one who keeps it real with us. In an industry in which maintaining the image of positivity and enthusiasm is so crucial, Amber has always maintained a level of transparency about her experience as a K-pop celebrity that has always felt so refreshing compared to other artists. She pokes fun at her own colleagues, references the silly things that she has to do to maintain that “image,” and talks about some of the struggles of being an American tomboy in a Korean girl group.
In some of her youtube videos, Amber talked about how even though she is signed to a company known to be pretty demanding of their artists, she is able to have a lot of free time to do what she wants and pursue her specific interests. When I heard stories about artists at SM being mistreated, I always assumed Amber was able to avoid all of that because of her independent personality and American upbringing.
Then over the past several months, she started sharing about her struggles via social media. And it broke my heart.
Amber was always the strong one. As an SM girl, I’ve been aware of the crap they put their artists through for years, but I always had hope that it wasn’t completely terrible because a sensible person like Amber has stayed strong, motivated, and happy while working with them.
Honestly, her recent posts scare me. And the fact that they came right after Henry’s first cries for help in years, tells me that something is very wrong.
“It’s tiring. I’m fed up. I can’t do it all by myself anymore. For the last nine years, it’s been a mistake. That place is too big now. [It] can’t support [me]. What should I do from now on?”
“I… Now, I think I only have my fans left. If you see this comment, please speak to our company on my behalf. They won’t listen to my words.”
I’m just mad. These two have put up with SM for YEARS, and they are still being treated like trash. I didn’t think anything like the Hangeng situation could ever happen again, but now I’m starting to question that. It’s just scary and I don’t know what’s happening. But something big is coming.
Question of the Day:
What do you make of Amber and Henry’s posts?
#NowPlaying: BeBe by Seo In Guk. This is my first time really giving Seo In Guk a chance, and I am IM.PRESSED.
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