Lee Jonghyun is the most recent idol to be linked to Jung Joon Young chatrooms.
Initially (on March 12), when reports of chatrooms that shared allegedly illegally taken hidden footage, discussing escort services and discussing criminal acts were published.
Netizens began to look for possible idols who were reported to be in those chatrooms. Choi Jong Hoon and Lee Jonghyun names came up because they had a close relationship to Jung Joon Young.
However, at first, Lee Jong Hyun denied his involvement through his agency; FNC even promised legal action against the false reports a couple of days ago.
On March 14, disgusting details of chatroom conversations between him and Jung Joon Young were reported by SBS News.
The report shared that Lee Jong Hyun received sexual videos of women in a one-on-one chatroom with Jung Joon Young, they both talked about women in a degrading manner.
On March 15, FNC returned with a second statement that infuriated fans. They wrote,
“We had no intentions of hiding the truth or covering up wrongdoings.”
The agency says he’s regretful and deeply apologizes to the fans and the members whom he disappointed with his actions.
The agency closed their statement with the remark that angered everybody, they said he’ll be more careful in the future, will reflect on his wrongdoings and accept all punishment for what he had done. They announced his hiatus. He’s now serving the military and will be discharged in March 2020.
This statement didn’t sit well with fans who think he deserves to be kicked out of his group for talking about women in such a degrading manner and initially denying the truth despite his involvement.
‘Deeply reflecting and feeling apologetic’ is not enough for fans of CNBLUE. DC CNBLUE Gallery released a statement on March 15 demanding the removal (not suspension) of him from the group and FNC.
The fan community says he disgraced his members with his actions and tarnished the reputation of CNBLUE and FNC Entertainment.
The fan community acknowledges that his level of involvement and illegal actions will be revealed through police investigation but considering all that has happened and the fact that the fandom is mostly composed of women, the fan community says they refuse to consume any of Lee Jong Hyun activities from now on.
“We cannot tolerate Jonghyun staying in the group and hurting the rest of the members’ image.”
FNC Entertainment has yet to respond to fans’ request. Some international audience shares the same sentiment after reading the horrific chatroom conversations while others think Korean fans are being too harsh.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
Guys… I am A HUGE CNBLUE fan, I love their music. I listen to FNC bands because I think they have amazing music so reading the chat logs disgust me.
As a Boice, I support their statement. Hear me out before you curse me out!
The fact that Jonghyun is comfortable enough to talk to Jung Joon Young like that about girls scare me. The fact that he seems to have had such a good relationship with him also freaks me out.
I don’t know the extent of his involvement nor do I want to speculate that’s not the point of me discussing my feelings here today.
The police will investigate him and if he’s accused of anything he’ll be charged, I won’t talk or speculate on that because I honestly don’t know what will happen next.
I am worried about the rest of the band members and I feel sorry for them because they are now entangled with all of this.
We’re already suffering. Personally speaking, I will never support his dramas or songs in the future despite the fact that I really liked him before all of this.
I cannot support a man who speaks about women with such disrespect. I am not a child and I know some men talk about women like that, personally, a real man wouldn’t talk like that about women, if you respect women you don’t do that.
There are fans or women in general who really don’t care even if their man speaks like that. If you’re okay with that, that’s your life, however, I don’t associate myself with any men if I find out they speak like that, idols or not. That’s my personality and it won’t change because he’s hot and an idol.
Even if FNC decides to keep him, I will not stream, promote or buy anything that has his name attached to it.
I know this will affect the rest of the members but as a human being and a woman knowing an idol I used to admire says and talks about women like that, I can’t and won’t support him anymore.
In my opinion, FNC is hella scared. They already reported that Jong Hoon left his band. I am sure FTISLAND is going on hiatus for now. CNBLUE is the biggest money maker for them, they’re stronger as four.
The reason why FNC says he’ll repent is that they’re afraid this will largely affect them. Also, what reflecting? The man is already in military and can’t do anything for one more year.
If he was outside and didn’t take on a project, I’ll think ‘ya, he might be repenting.’
AOA contract renewals are up. SF9 is not doing THAT well. N.Flying is now starting to do well. FTISLAND and CNBLUE were the ones who contributed the most to the agency (the idol side not actors and variety show stars), without them, FNC will likely struggle; it’s a huge financial loss. (In my opinion)
I understand the business aspect of FNC statement but since this is not a dating scandal or anything sort of easy or palatable, I don’t agree with their decision.
If FNC chooses to ignore the public request and more chat logs reveal worse things, I believe they’ll be digging their own grave.
Even if he did feel apologetic, if he stays with the band, I highly doubt netizens would support them anymore, netizens are hella angry right now and will likely remain so in the future, this is not an issue that goes away after a year or two. This is big!