Okay, it was BAD news after all.
Depending on your perspective, your reaction could be:
1. Maniacal glees of laughter
2. Fits of anger/indignation of the whole situation
3. Absolutely shock/confused/disappointed
The whole fiasco leading up to this point begs a number of questions:
1. Why the decision under the circumstances?
2. What is with the timing?
3. Why the excuses?
The decision for Hwayoung's dismissal smacks right of a cover up and effectively putting both Hwayoung and the remaining members of T-ara in a no-win situation:
- it may show how much clout KKS has within the entertainment industry (i.e. limit or cut off Hwayoung's chances for furthering her career as K-pop artist)
- it effectively erodes whatever reputation T-ara have left; which in turn puts them in a tighter control of their CEO/agency. Its a death blow of sorts that the only way out of this jeopardy is to bow and listen to big boss.
Personally, I'm all for reconciliatory stance (which I actually hoped/expected, with members making a public apology [whether the issue of bullying is true or not]. Then make a pact that their bonds as a group/sisters will be stronger).
From the terms and conditions, it is more like being forced into submission. Basically, if you want a dictator, you don't even have to search far.
What really is frustrating here is all of the girls have so much promise, and coming off from a great first half of the year... That their descent from grace have been a result from a number of messages in a social network that may or may not have been insulting in the first place. That it was compounded into something horrible by a lack of timely/proper announcement of the initial issue, an indifferent (probably sadistic) multitude of nameless/faceless mob, finally reaching a tumultous crescendo of chaos by an individual who should have been a leader/mentor/father...
Yes, it's difficult not to feel pressured to (consistently) release #1 hits. And yet, for T-ara to remain grounded despite the success, it's just heartwarming. I still recall the vids where they cried when BPBP became #1 to the point of not able to do the encore; or LD where they knelt & bowed. You can see both the effort they put into their work, and grateful for the love & support.
Let's continue to support them. Show the girls of T-ara we (the fans) match their dedication & hardwork with our undying love, support, & enthusiasm for them.
And boy, can't I wait for Sexy Love (return of the robot!).