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Over 124,000 Fans Request T-ara Disband
T-ara Loses a Member, Faces Disbandment Request
By Kristy M
Chicago Correspondent

The Core Contents Media girl group T-ara has one successful career. With a string of hit singles like "Lies", Bo Peep Bo Peep", "Lovey Dovey" and their latest "Day By Day", the girls were on a roll. Members like Eun Jung and Ji Yeon enjoyed profitable acting careers on top of modeling and
commercial deals.

However, the girls' string of success came to a screeching halt the last week of July 2012 with the announcement of T-ara member Hwa Young being fired from the group. The CEO of Core Contents Media, Kim Kwang Su, informed the press
about her departure from the group following her leg injury and inability to perform T-ara's choreography. Tweets rang out from the girls, Boram unfollowed her on Twitter and Hwa Young shared sad and disheartening messages. Fans were intitally shocked to hear the news and even more so with the disclosure of Hwa Young's reported disrespect for Core Content Media's staff. The agency claimed that the staff members had filed complaints against the group's rapper because of her adverse behavior.

While company workers' complaints came to light, fans found evidence of Hwa Young's fellow T-ara members bullying her. Specifically, a photo of Hyo Min poking Hwa Young in the eye, videos of Boram trying to break her umbrella, a hearsay report of Ji Yeon slapping her, Eun Jung stuffing a huge rice cake
in her mouth and countless verbal remarks that were hurtful toward Hwa Young.

What was the result from the multiple news reports?

Many fans have turned their backs on their favorite idol group. T-ara's largest online fan community will shut down this month, the group lost commercials and advertisements and a petition with over 124,000 signatures was started online requesting that the group disband. The now anti-fans
have even asked that member Eunjung lose her contracts with the drama "Five Fingers" and the reality variety show "We Got Married". She lost ads and commercials, but to date she has retained her roles on the two television programs. On the other hand, rumored new member Da Ni will not be joining
the group until December of 2012.

K-Pop fans from Chicago had the following to say about the current situation: Jenny states, *" I think that the CEO should just tell the truth to everybody. He kept on changing the so called truth he had claimed. We want to know the truth not the lies. We really want to know if the T-ara members bullied Hwa Young or if its just fake...Who knows. We want to know the truth from the CEO himself and the T-ara members."

*"Honestly, I feel like the more he says, the harder he is making it for people to believe him. Now, he is digging a hole for him and the rest of the company that they won't be able to get out of," stated Patricia Alexander.

They are not alone. On August 4, 2012, online group T-Jinyo threatened protest outside the Core Contents Media building to demand the truth from T-ara. They are standing up against bullying and ill treatment toward people that lead to suicide.

Despite opposition and the growing anti-fan base, the remaining T-ara members remain strong. They have scheduled a concert in Japan next year and there are no official reports of the group disbanding. According to Core
Contents Media, Hwa Young is reported to be working on an official apology to everyone. Recently, she met with the CEO Kim to begin working out their differences. On August 3, 2012, CEO Kim agreed to meet with the 3 members of T-Jinyo. He assured the press that bullying was not a factor.

Follow Kristy M on Twitter @ShellyM86

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