Last year saw the death of quite a few groups, and this is likely not going to end anytime soon. One group to come to an end was the heavy weight 2ne1. With a long standing hiatus after the unfortunate Bom scandal, and the departure of Minzy in May of last year, it felt like the end of the group. Still YG insisted that was not the case, and they would continue as three. Turns out that was a lie (a lie that I am sad to hear many believed).
The group was disbanded in December with the news that Bom had not signed back in May as we were led to believe (although some are saying this is false?).
So here we are…Late January of 2017, almost three years since the group’s last release…with Goodbye.
I’ve always believed that 2ne1’s best efforts have been their ballads. The lack of pretense and allowing the group to just move with the music has been their best part. Goodbye is a throwaway from CL’s US work, and here it comes off as such. CL feels very prominent in the song, with Dara and Bom feeling inserted. Of course CL sounds at her best here, her voice having always been one of my favorites. She also has a way of playing up sadness that isn’t the typical drab way most Korean idols tend to sing. Dara doesn’t feel so necessary songwise, but it is nice to hear her. The real part of anticipation was Bom, who had been on hiatus since 2014. I was worried that she would just be a voice, but we get to see her in the video. I’ve always liked Bom.
Overall I can’t say much against the song. It is a nice track, and was well done. Simple, and feels like the end to a chapter. Hopefully the careers of the members (including Minzy) take off and success comes their ways.
So yeah…bad year for SM and YG in some ways. SM has had a few dating scandals (aka non issues being made bigger than they should be), and while YG has only been hit once…it’s a big enough one to cause some damage.
So this is me just talking about two recent things that have happened for these companies. One is a more recent development…the other something that was dealt with four years ago and brought up again.
2014 has been a rather giving year for K pop. In the span of seven six months, there have been more scandals than what usually exist in a year’s time frame. Most of them have hit Big 3 company SM, however now has taken a turn at fellow rival company YG.
Unfortunately, instead of a member leaving, or someone found to be dating, we have a drug scandal.
Yesterday it had been found out that 2ne1’s Bom had “smuggled” illegal drugs through international mail…in 2010.
These illegal drugs are Amphetamines. They can be used and prescribed in the states by a doctor for problems such as narcolyspy and ADHD.
However it should be noted that this is not all they can be prescribed for.
However they are illegal in South Korea. And there in lies the first issue.
Second it had been reported that no charges were made, no real investigation was done. It happened, and then didn’t.
YG was not a small company; they had a few successes before, and in 2006, had hit it big with Big Bang. 2009 brought 2ne1, who had a very successful debut. This could have easily kilt their careers. So there is a possibility that they may have used some influence to keep it under wraps.
Or…it was simply just not big of a deal when certain information was discovered. Not even a day later it had been found out that Bom had a prescription from while she was in the US, and she was just sending it to her new place of residence.
Now why is this being brought up four years later?
Well some assume it is to hide the fact that the government is doing some mess they should not. I read something about a badminton court…which is trash if that is true (there is nothing concrete, so grains of salt for everyone).
As the day went on, more pieces of information had popped up. Bom had a prescription from the states, and she was just having them fed-exed.
After reading that, I was done. I could not step into that zone because of how messy it can be. Mental health and drug use is such a sticky situation, and we as the masses are steering into someone’s life that they may not want us to be in.
At first it was suspect that the case was not even made, and Bom got off clean. But now that suspense is kind of disappearing. Too many fish bigger than this.
It is a little grey on Bom’s side because it does look a little shady. However…when finding out that Bom had been prescribed these drugs, I was over it. Like there is the answer, and if they can show proof than it is a non issue. I mean she may need to take an L, but I am not/was not gun ho about this. It does not seem worth it on a shallow level. There may be an issue of drug abuse of course, but that is a conversation that needs to happen between her, loved ones and professionals.
We will never know the fullest extent of this story, nor do I think we should. After what YG has said, I think that is the limit where we need to back off. What needs to be addressed is shit like mental health, and drug use, but I don’t know if K pop fans are truly ready for that step.
I do hope Bom is okay. Just moving away from the legal aspects of this (which once again, if Bom has to take an L, she should just do it), but this gives insight to something she may not have wanted us to know, and it is always hard to let people in on something that can never really go away like that.