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kpopandkimchi
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Who Else Fell For The Crazy T-ARA Scandal?

So let me start off by saying I never really like T-ARA.

For many reasons for course. One being that I just wasn't into their music, another that I didn't like all their plastic surgery, and finally they just gave me weird vibes. So I was a person who was most likely to believe anything bad I heard about T-ARA, which isn't fair to them. But hey, we were all different 5 years ago right?

Some new evidence has come to light recently that has changed the famous T-ARA bullying scandal on its head.

So much so, that even the famous K-netizens are apologizing and admiting they were wrong (unheard of).

Here's a run down of what happened from my point of view, from the point of view I think most of us had at the time (as international fans with limited knowledge and connection with the events that unfolded)
- The girls from T-ARA had been bullying Hwayoung for a long time and have always been mean girls.
- Hwayoung got injured and the girls tried to blame her and make her feel guilty for it
- Hwayoung was kicked out of the group (the company might have been pressured by the members of T-ARA)
^Hwayoung

So with that, you can guess that I really didn't like T-ARA after that, not that I was a big fan anyway.

I was pretty satisfied with the evidence I saw, so I didn't really go in deeper and look at any other facts presented at the time, so I missed the opposing staff accounts and fan accounts. If I did see them, I probably just shrugged them off as liars on the "bullies" side. (pls forgive me this was 5 years ago)

But here's where it gets interesting.


The staff accounts are growing and they're all matching up.

Hwayoung is just really, really good at playing the victim.

If you're really interested, here is a great breakdown of what happened, using as many sources as possible.

TLDR;

Scene 1:
Hwayoung hurt her ankle, the doctors said she was fine, they went to Japan and she refused to perform, they changed 22 choreographed dances to fit the fact that they were missing a member (T-ARA and stage crew worked 8 extra hours), Hwayoung goes to a hospital in Japan and they also say there is nothing wrong, she demands a wheelchair, doesn't show up to practice even to just support them, stays in her hotel maybe getting her nails done.

Scene 2:
They return to Korea, are set to perform but again Hwayoung refuses to even get on stage to practice, Hyomin talks to her, apparently they begin to reconcile and work together, and moments before taking the stage for the live show Hwayoung's sister sends nasty messages to member Areum which basically ruins any attempt to get T-ARA to ever work as a team again.

Scene 3:
Hwayoung's contact is terminated, rumors begin to circulate that Hwayoung was bullied and forced out, Hwayoung doesn't say anything to stop this, remains super vague almost as if she wants us to believe she's bullied, T-ARA's reputation is ruined for almost 3 years, they're just barely coming back now. The netizens were finding any small clip they could find where Hwayoung was "ignored" or bullied. I remember seeing some and thinking how awful T-ARA was... Here's a bit of a breakdown if you're intersted.

^ example, Jiyeon skips high-fiving Hwayoung...

But now, more and more reports of Hwayoung being a horrible person are coming out.

Most recently, at least 3 hair dressers at Jenny, the most popular hair salon for idols, have said that she treats them like dirt, calling them "shampoo" instead of their real names. Hwayoung tried to say that the hair dressers only said that because they're friends with T-ARA member Hyomin, but there are hair dressers that have literally asked to resign instead of having to work with her.

I'm not saying that the girls from T-ARA are saints, but it sure sucks that the netizens took an incident that happened behind closed doors, blew it up in all the wrong ways, and ruined T-ARA's members' careers :/

It's especially disheartening since I have always thought of the T-ARA girls as bullies or at least, not kind, because of this.

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T-ara is a very talented group, with such great songs. I don't think that this scandal was really a scandal to begin with. Something happened unfortunate in the group, and the MEDIA turned it into a scandal. Since over half of kpop fans are girls that hardly stan any female artists, hate was easily spread. News sites need our clicks and fed on our biases against pretty preppy girl group Tara. We are all to blame. And its happening again! Everyone is blaming Hyuna for 4minute breaking up. I wish more kpop fans would respect girl groups
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IDK its hard unless you know. I went to school with a girl who did the same thing. she was very manipulative and she broke everyone apart. its really hard to tell unless you're there experiencing the pain. but if Dylan workers are coming forward to complain and I saw her sisters evil messages then it may be true. evil tends to take any form or shape and runs in the family. all of this is really embarrassing. but I never really got into them cuz I didn't like their music.
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I liked many of T-ara's songs but wasn't really a fan yet, but when I heard those rumors I just felt bad for them. Cause I just didn't believe the bullying rumor at all. The videos they used as "proof" of bullying to me just looked innocent, like forgetting to high five 1 member doesn't equal to bullying a member until they have to leave the group in my eyes. But I just thought that way because there have been MANY rumors about kpop groups, members getting bullied or members that were bullies when they were young that were proven wrong, so I just didn't believe it until real definite evidence would have come to light. So I'm glad that T-ara is finally getting their image back of not being bullies. Now I just hope they won't disband this year.
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This really does suck! It's hard to hear things like this and make the correct judgement! I'm not much of a fan but had no idea anything like this was happening.
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I just want to say that I've never been a huge fan of T-ARA but I've never hated on them because if this bullying rumor. I simply don't really like their songs but I love them in variety shows and in dramas. when the bullying rumours came out and I stopped seeing them in anything I got really annoyed that they were going through this. I never once thought of them as bad people. all I can say now is that I'm glad that the people that were hurting them the most are now apologizing and hopefully I will be able to see them in more things now.
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