Korean ELF are taking a strong stance!
On June 3, Label SJ announced that the group would be making a comeback with the exception of Kangin and Sungmin. However, the label didn’t clarify the two were kicked out of the group, they remain a part of Super Junior and that didn’t sit well with Korean ELF.
In response, fans have released an official statement announcing the boycott of the entire group until Kangin and Sungmin get kicked out. They stated,
“We demand Kangin and Sungmin departure.”
They explain both members damaged the group’s image and that their departure should not be delayed any longer, the fans state that stronger action will be taken, thus announcing an indefinite boycott of all the members’ activities until they both leave the group.
The fans plan on not following the members’ social media accounts, and not participate in hashtags on twitter, not leave comments online, not stream on music sites, not watch any shows that have the members in them, not buy albums, or attending events or recordings, or buy any goods.
Kangin had been on hiatus ever since his second DUI. He upset the fans with his reckless drinking and thus fans want him out. While Sungmin’s controversial marriage left a bad taste and fans want him out.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
This isn’t the first time I cover a story about ELF boycott but it’s the strongest and most damaging so far. They’re threatening not to buy albums and goods which is a direct source of income for Super Junior and SM and probably what makes them and the agency good money.
I personally have a couple of theories as to why they both never left and the most logical one that comes to mind is that’s the remaining members have a strong bond and refused to let go. I believe that if SUJU were a younger group, Kangin and Sungmin would’ve probably left already.
I have seen Leeteuk talks about dreaming of making a full OT11 comeback. It’s sad that his wish will probably never be fulfilled.
I understand why they want Kangin out. Personally speaking, I don’t support people who endanger others’ lives. The second DUI, he hit streetlight in front of a convenience store, imagine if that was a human and don’t give me the excuse of ‘well, he didn’t!’
The sheer thought of knowing you have an issue and still going out and drinking then getting into such an accident (TWICE) shows me you are not taking responsibility. If you’re hurting, others don’t need to suffer along with you. It might seem harsh but there is no need for a serious accident to happen to realize you’ve got a problem.
I still don’t understand why they want Sungmin out. I read a couple of comments and some Korean ELF say that he got married while the members were on tour and then immediately enlisted. To me, it seems that he was so in love and wanted to get married and instead of handling it straight on he chose to run away and not face fans properly (correct me if I am wrong).
Despite saying those things, I still don’t understand why the boycott is happening. I understand why they want Kangin out but don’t understand why they want to boycott when he’s not even in the comeback.
If you don’t like the way Label SJ runs things, then just un-stan, it’s simple. Don’t try to force things like that. Those reasons might be enough in their eyes to boycott the members but there is no need to drag others into it.
This got me thinking, imagine if ELFs were YG stans, man YG would’ve changed their ways long ago if their fans were this controlling and demanding.