Wow, OP has indeed deleted it. That makes me happy haha
The original post was basically a plea to all SM fans to hate on Kim Young Min instead of Lee Soo Man. Nothing new in that sense, but as I wrote earlier, almost nothing in that post was true - from the date of when Kim became CEO to the ‘fact’ that no one has ever seen SM idols interact with him.
But now Ryeowook comes along and posts The Picture of The Year, so there should be no more doubt about what kind of CEO he is to the idols :3
Thanks for sending your message again ^^
No, I haven’t gotten anything from you >.<
No need to be sorry. I’ll do my best to answer your questions :)
By ‘issues’ you mean Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu leaving SM?
The problems were with the contracts. Even though Lee Soo Man hasn’t personally written them, he obviously knows what’s in them. In fact, he has said K-pop wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if it wasn’t for long term contracts. Only by planning for many years ahead, can SM make the artists popular overseas, and break into the Japanese market big time. So it’s a business thing. A business thing that has taken K-pop artists around the world, and created new markets South Korean companies only could dream of 15 years ago. And this is why many businessmen and analysts think Lee Soo Man is a genious.
But fans are not businessmen. They don’t care if their idols expand the industry, or help create new markets. To fans, it’s enough if they can see their idol everyday, right?
So when Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu said they can’t handle idol-life anymore, fans blame the company. It’s the company who created the situation, and the company should have taken better care of the three guys.
Since Lee Soo Man is well-known, and called the ‘chief’ of the company, many fans think he is responsible for everything. People often feel the need to blame someone. It’s easier to handle sorrow and frustration that way. So they blame Lee Soo Man.
Lee Soo Man has always been the ‘bad guy’ among fans who have been disappointed. This started even before DBSK debuted, so it’s like a tradition among fans of SM artists. However, I hope many would agree that such unfair and vicious tradition needs to be broken, once and for all.
Lee Soo Man is a great man.
Yes, SM artists thank him because he is their teacher and producer. Some artists even love him and see him as a father. Even those who have left the company still have contact with him and say they are grateful for everything he has done for them.
But no, Lee Soo Man has never been SM’s CEO. Lee Soo Man has given that role to others, since he himself want to focus on being a producer, and not take care of the ‘boring’ business part of the company. There have been three CEOs so far; Jung Hae Ik, Kim Kyung Wook, and the current CEO since 2005 - Kim Young Min.
SM artists do thank Kim Young Min. Many people claim it never happens, but they are wrong.
I haven’t really been collecting those mentions, but I have posted a few on this blog before, including ones from Yunho, Changmin, Eeteuk, and Victoria. In another ask I got a while back, I also mentioned Siwon, Onew, Jonghyun, Minho and Taemin thanking Kim Young Min.
And I’m sure there is lots more :)