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[Topic] Current & Former SM Artists' Comments 
11 19 09 [andy, eugene, isak, leeteuk, minwoo]
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Comments from other current & former SM artists about the TVXQ lawsuit.

Updated: 2009.12.20!

August 21, 2009 - Lee Minwoo (M) says he believes in TVXQ

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Lee Minwoo (aka M) is a member of Shinhwa, a 6 member group that debuted through SM. Shinhwa is no longer with SM.
  • We have no idea what the source of this article is, so there is no way to evaluate reliability. It would be a weird thing to make up, though. Newsen followed up on August 28 with a story on its site, but we don't know precisely what it says.
August 21, 2009 - Eugene has harsh words for SM Entertainment
Eugene doesn't mince words.

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Eugene was a member of a successful three-member girl group through SM called S.E.S. They disbanded in 2002.
  • SPN is a reasonably reputable Korean news source. They have most likely reported Eugene's statements correctly.

November 3, 2009 - Andy from Shinhwa hopes to stand on the same stage as TVXQ one day

Andy comments on TVXQ’s situation and hopes they can “settle the problem amicably without anyone getting hurt." Read the article for more of Andy’s comments.

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Andy is a member of Shinhwa, a 6 member group that debuted through SM. Shinhwa is no longer with SM.
  • Asia Economy is a reasonably respected Korean news source and has most likely reported Andy's statements accurately.

November 12, 2009 - Andy from Shinhwa offers TVXQ advice
Andy offers advice on TVXQ’s situation saying, “Leaving the company is the second trial which is harder from the debut time” and “It will be hard, like having to debut all over again.” Read the article for the rest of his advice.

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Andy is a member of Shinhwa, a 6 member group that debuted through SM. Shinhwa is no longer with SM.
  • DongAh is a respected Korean news source and have most likely reported Andy's statements accurately.

Late 2009
- Isak claims at SM Entertainment, "we were products"
Isak's comments pertain to life with SM Entertainment and the kpop industry in general, and were reported in a 2-part series on MTV Iggy. Isak has made similar comments in the past. The exact date of this article is unknown, but it does make mention of the TVXQ lawsuit.

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Isak is an SM entertainer currently working on television programs at Arirang. She was part of the unsuccessful girl duo Isak N Jiyeon.
  • We don't know anything about MTV Iggy or its reliability. It talks about certain artists a LOT (and others not at all), so there may be some sponsorship going on or something. MTV in general is only semi-reliable and rather exposé-oriented. But, it has probably reported Isak's comments fairly accurately. When those comments were made, however, is totally unknown.
  • Isak has made "5-1=0" type comments on her personal Twitter.


December 18th, 2009
- Leetuek comments on the TVXQ crisis after Disk Awards
The Golden Disk Awards took place on December 10th, but the article with Super Junior Leeteuk's comment did not come out until the 18th.

Sources: Who Said What?
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Reliability of Source(s)
  • Leeteuk is the leader and oldest member of Super Junior, another SM boy band.  He spent many years training with some of the TVXQ members and is close with Junsu.
  • In the original Korean source, it appears that (and correct me if I'm wrong if you can read Korean) Leeteuk was asked how he felt about the TVXQ disbanding crisis and his reply was that he really wanted for them to compromise their hearts/minds.  I appears that he did not use the word "disbanding" himself, but the person who asked the question used that word.
  • Only the questions/answers about TVXQ were translated from this article.
  • BTW, I (one of the mods) have a soft spot for Leeteuk because I met him when SJ came to L.A. in 2008 and he's super cute in person with amazing skin ^^ (and very tall and skinny).


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