SM Entertainment has always have a big interest to the Chinese Market, but this hasn’t been recevie well by Korean Netizen.
Back in February 2021, Lee Soo Man featured on tvN‘s Monthly Connect where he discussed the past, the present, and the future of K-Pop. With his veteran knowledge about the topic, many were intrigued by his interview and his answers. Four months following his interview, however, the SM Entertainment founder has become the center of scrutiny for a few of his statements.
When he was asked about the future of K-Pop, Lee Soo Man did not hesitate to mention China, where he discussed his beliefs about K-Pop’s “second revival in China.”
“K-pop will have its second revival in China. It is an era where we have to go to China to produce and create content so that it can become number 1 in the world. There are many talented individuals there.”
He also mentioned his desires to personally enter China, along with JYP Entertainment‘s Park Jin Young and HYBE‘s (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) Bang Si Hyuk to produce top quality content that would be ranked first in the world. Lee Soo Man also shared during the interview his beliefs about China successfully becoming the “Hollywood of Asia,” if they allow Korean producers to enter their market.
This interview was recently brought back to attention along with the live stage performance from WayV XiaoJun and Kun. Specifically, the 2 idols was performing their unit debut stage on Show Champion, with their song “Back to you”. The song was performed entirely in Chinese, with Korean subtitle, and to Korean Netizen knowledge, this is unacceptable.
The viewpoint of Korean Netizen is understandable, . In the past, Chinese goverment has executed the Korean Wave ban after Seoul allowed the deployment of a US missile defence system. This has negatively effect the relationship between 2 country. Furthermore, there has been incident of China claiming Korean cultural product as their own, most noticabely Kimchi, a traditional Korean Food.
Given the situation, many netizen left their anger toward Lee Soo Man, calling him a traitor for supporting Chinese so much. Ultimately, this will negatively affect Chinese Idols that are promoting under SM Entertainment.
- Lee Soo Man Interview Reaction:
This is why I have no sympathy for SM
Is he Korean? He’s a traitor
Let’s boycott SM
He just stabbed us all in the back
F*ck, don’t go anywhere and say you’re Korean
He’s a f*cking traitor
- WayV XiaoJun and Kun Reaction:
I happened to hear Chinese on Show Champion and thought I had a problem with my ears, but it’s true
Wasn’t this group made for China? Why do they keep acting on our country’s music shows, I hate seeing their faces
Why don’t they sing in Korean? Fans of this group are stupid
I really hate SM, it’s no different from a Chinese company
SM should be boycotted
Is SM crazy? Don’t they know that China is trying to steal our culture?
There aren’t many Chinese idols these days but I still don’t want to see them, go back to your country
What are you doing?… If you want to sing, go back to China to sing, this is Korea, you have to sing in Korean
I hate it
SM and Lee Soo Man have lost their minds, right? If you like China, go there