dear people who think we shouldn’t support kpop groups because their companies are shitty:
WE KNOW THEY’RE SHITTY. i don’t think there’s a single stray kids or twice fan out there who thinks that the crap jyp pulled with eliminating members only to bring them back was okay. no ikon/winner/blackpink stan is happy with the number of comebacks those groups get & the level of attention the members receive from yg. nobody thinks that these companies are good, that they deserve our money. they don’t.
but consider, for a minute, the idols. this is their job, and probably also their dream. how would you feel if you got your dream job, only to learn that you were going to earn less than 40,000 USD dollars a year? the average salary of an idol is ~43000 USD but that’s taking into account all idols, including the super-popular ones like BTS, and there’s no way that a small group from a small company earns that much.
also, trainees don’t get paid. they get a weekly allowance so they can, yknow, eat and stuff, but they don’t get paid. they also often forego getting a full education in order to become an idol.
so basically, when a group debuts? they have no money, maybe a bit of fame, and they have to work their way up and hope to god that enough people buy albums and concert tickets and all that.
and all this has to be done under that shitty company.
but if we support the artists, knowing that the company will inevitably get most of the money, eventually they can leave their shitty company and go be happy.
(also, like, rescue nct from sm’s constant mismanagement)