WINNER is the next YG boy group to suffer from the fallout of its agency controversies.
Since its summer it also means it’s time for universities music festivals and many YG artists are in high demand especially WINNER.
Previously, Myongji University students opposed iKON’s appearance at their campus festival due to YG’s ongoing controversy and their former artist Seungri involvement in the Burning Sun controversy. Eventually, iKON did perform but sadly their performance was hindered by unexpected stage technical issues, their handling of the issue gained them praise from the general public.
At first, it seemed that Hanyang University students have also joined in and one particular student demanded WINNER’s attendance to their festival be canceled. The student argue YG is the company Seungri was under and they refuse their tuition being used for YG who they call ‘the hotbet of crime.’ The person who posted this also recognizes that its not WINNER’s fault but its because they’re part of YG and the student who wrote this says YG shouldn’t be getting that money.
Netizens agreed with the sentiment of Hanyang University students, many praising the students for taking a stance and being smart about who they choose their tuition to go to. There are other netizens who disagree with the boycott as well stating WINNER had nothing to do with Seungri’s controversies.
Hanyang University never responded to the opposition.
Later, it was revealed that the student wasn’t actually a student of the school, it was a person outside the university (unrelated). The performance ended up going as planned and it is said the crowd enjoyed WINNER a lot.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
This is a tricky one. It’s also not black or white; it’s not easy for me to personally say I am with or against this.
Netizens hate YG; we’re all clear on that. Seungri arrest warrant was denied and the public was in uproar, with the burning sun investigations concluding netizens were so dissatisfied they actually took to the street to protest the way this entire investigation was handled.
This should tell you that this isn’t about keyboard warriors, this is not only about your oppa, and it’s a bigger issue that is deeper and scarier than you think.
WINNER earns money and they get a portion of it and there is a portion that goes to YG. This is the case with all agencies, the way they split payments differs but idols pay them (with hard work) to manage them.
You could be a fan of WINNER but you hate their management and you suspect (as a fan in South Korea or elsewhere) YG is involved with these controversies, and you don’t want to support that.
Eventually, the money you pay WINNER doesn’t only go to them it also goes to YG and you as a person have no control over that and this is where the issue lies and this is why I personally feel conflicted.
WINNER did nothing wrong, this is happening only because they’re under YG and that’s sad.
I like them. however, I’d totally understand if some people don’t want their hard earned money to go to YG for one reason or another.
Now imagine you’re a student and you work so damn hard to earn money to pay for your tuition and it goes to paying these idols to perform at the festival and you don’t want your hard earned money to be given to YG, can you really blame the way they think? Or blame them for not wanting their hard earned to go there?
It’s sad that WINNER has to go through this with all honesty. From the bottom of my heart, I pray for each idol that’s under YG….. This is a difficult time for them and it’s sad they’re being treated like this because of mere association.