ZE:A Lee Hoo


I’m actually pretty sad by the fact I haven’t seen this on my dash more than once. Everyone seems to be ignorant of the situation, or has chosen to ignore it. Yet, if it were an EXO member doing this, a kpop blogger’s dash would be exploding with news, support, and awareness. But because this is a group that is small, is not as big as other groups, and there are little translators for them, most of us don’t even know what’s going on.

ZE:A’s leader, Lee Hoo (Junyoung) is tweeting and revealing the corruptions of his company and the truth of the entertainment industry. Guys, there is actually someone, who is already in a group, finally taking a direct stand towards their shitty company. He is slowly revealing the poor treatment on his members and himself, his cruel CEO that has abused them, and their money situation. While AllKpop isn’t the best site, at least there are clear translations of his tweets here. Also here. Lee Hoo left to meet with his CEO and settle matters.

We’re all aware of the cruelty of the kpop industry. We all know of SM’s infamous treatment to their employees. ZE:A’s company is a small company. Imagine how big companies are, with more money to use to cover stories. Lee Hoo has revealed their money arrangement was 70:30. 70% for the company, 30% for them. If the group earns one million KRW, the CEO takes 700,000, and ZE:A takes 300,000. Thing is, ZE:A has nine members. They have to split the 300,000 over and over to the nine members. EXO has twelve members. Super Junior has more. Even if they make more money, they still have the split the money, give most of it to the company, and work even harder to get more. There’s a reason why Hangeng and Kris left (actually, one reason out of many).

"They signed up for this! They should suck it up!" "They make plenty of money, they’re just greedy." "There’s no proof that the company actually abuses them." I can’t tell you how much I’m frustrated by these words. Look! A k-pop member is exposing it all on his official SNS. How much more proof do you need? Lee Hoo even says that after they sign the contract, they are made aware of the money deal. He has had to lie to the public about how he broke his leg to save face for a program. 

They can’t say anything. They have to swallow their words, put on a flashy act for the public, and deal with the internal systems of the k-pop industry. EXO Lay has said this isn’t what he expected. Kris left under cruel and unfair treatment. The 9muses documentary showed us angering treatment toward the girls. Finally, someone is actually taking a direct, public stand.

From his latest tweet, he has come back now, and while I’m not sure of the correct translation, it seems he is winning, perhaps got the company under ZE:A? Please just make yourself aware, get #standbyzea trending, and celebrate your idols’ birthday while rooting for ZE:A :)