Kim Garam will not leave LE SSERAFIM. An industry representative’s statement mentioned that HYBE insists on keeping Kim Garam in LE SSERAFIM despite her bullying scandal and issue evidence. They are NOT planning on removing or replacing her. Check out the following update and complete information.
Demands Emerging for Kim Garam to Leave LE SSERAFIM due to Bullying Scandal & Issue Evidence
Even after HYBE and Source Music released an extended statement with a complete explanation about what happened in Kim Garam bullying scandal, they did not give any clear evidence. And this resulted in fans demanding Kim Garam to leave LE SSERAFIM.
Some fans stated that Kim Garam should leave LE SSERAFIM for the sake of the group. They believe it is unfair for the other members to have LE SSERAFIM’s name tarnished just because HYBE decides to hold on to one particular member.
Sakura left her skyrocketing career in Japan, Chaewon left Woollim for better, Yunjin waited 4 years to debut, Kazuha gave up 15 years of ballet, and Eunchae a young girl wanting to fulfil her dreams…my heart breaks for them. It was just meant to be them five 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/TSu4eDLXUZ— 025. 🌺♥️ (@intolesserafim) May 19, 2022
sakura and chaewon didn't train AGAIN for the past 6 months, yunjin didn't wait for 3 years after pd48, kazuha didn't give up her ballet career, and eunchae didn't waste her youth in training just to be tangled in this issue that can ruin their whole career. it's not even a MONTH— eurydice | le sserafim (@ace_taeuryyy) May 19, 2022
Meanwhile, some other fans compare Kim Garam bullying scandal with its issue evidence to previous idol bullying cases. Firstly, Hwang Hyunjin of Stray Kids immediately apologized and went on hiatus once his bullying scandal emerged. Furthermore, CUBE Entertainment even terminated its contract with former (G)I-DLE member Soojin when she was involved in an alleged bullying rumor.
However, when Kim Garam bullying scandal emerged with convincing proof and evidence of the issue, and HYBE still insisted on defending her. This action from HYBE is deemed disappointing for some fans.
This is so unfair, soojin had to leave (g)-idle because of some false accusations, but garam had to get away with what she did. I'm very disappointed, I hope they replace her or kick her out of the group. It's not too late hybe, please make a wise decision.— Yuna 🌸 LF MOOTS (@strwbrryyuna) May 19, 2022
it’s so crazy how when soojin’s bullying accusations was proven false she left the group, when hyunjin’s bullying accusations was proven false he had to go on hiatus, and now garam’s whole situation is out with reliable proof, hype is sitting on their lazy asses— jeongin’s gay gf🎪 (@YNGJ30NGIN) May 22, 2022
More Support Emerging for LE SSERAFIM OT5 on Weverse – Demanding Kim Garam to Leave the Group
At the same time, following their epic performance as a 5-member group on SBS Inkigayo, more and more support is emerging on LE SSERAFIM OT5 on Weverse.
They believe that the new 5-member formation is far better than having Kim Garam bullying scandal continue weighing on the group. That is why fans believe that Kim Garam should leave LE SSERAFIM.
HYBE and Source Music Holding Statement About Kim Garam Bullying Scandal & Issue Evidence – Here’s The Suspected Reasons
The rising support for LE SSERAFIM OT5 and high demands for Kim Garam to leave the group put the agency in a complicated situation. That is why up until today, both HYBE and Source Music are still holding their statement about Kim Garam. Here are some of the suspected reasons.
1. LE SSERAFIM OT5 Clashes with the Original Concept
HYBE’s promising new girl group, LE SSERAFIM, debuted with a premium concept that is fresh and one of a kind. As previously discussed, the name “LE SSERAFIM” does not only come from “I’M FEARLESS” anagram but also symbolizes the angels of the highest rank, the Seraphim angels.
And the Seraphim angels were bestowed SIX wings on their backs to represent their high rank and position. Hence, the SIX members of LE SSERAFIM. Therefore, having only 5 members will clash not only with the original concept of the group but also with the way the group continues its promotion and image moving forward.
Besides, since the company must have already laid out the foundation of LE SSERAFIM activities based on this idea, changing the whole concept will not only cost more money but demolish all the hard work from LE SSERAFIM creative team.
2. Agency Has an Obligation to Protect Its Artists
Secondly, HYBE is an entertainment agency operating on an international scale. Therefore, the company has even more pressure in its obligation to protect its artists.
This obligation is what makes HYBE take its steps with extreme caution. Because not only did HYBE have to solve Kim Garam bullying scandal, they must do it carefully while still complying with their obligation as the artists’ agency.
3. Kim Garam is Still a Minor – Resulting in MORE Caution
Next, as we all know that Kim Garam is still a minor. She was born on November 16, 2005, making her 16 years in international age today.
Moreover, the bullying issue and scandal about Kim Garam occurred when she was 12 years old, involving many friends of the same age, which became another issue because of its juvenile notion. Therefore, while the victim has the right to expose all the proof regarding their personal matter, it doesn’t work the same way with HYBE as a global corporation.
Along with its obligation to protect the artists, HYBE must take this matter extremely carefully due to the case’s nature of involving multiple minors.
Eventually, these are the reasons why HYBE has no choice but to keep silent and wait for Kim Garam bullying scandal issue and its evidence to die down. Despite all the demands and reactions from fans, it is difficult for HYBE to take more actions than what they’re doing right now.
“As HYBE continues repeating their attitude of not accepting and applying the fans’ criticisms, the distrust toward the company grows worse.
Recently, as fandoms are sensitive to school violence, sexual assault, and sexism, they should be careful. However, it’ll be hard for HYBE to develop a better plan than their current actions.”Industry Representative.
Industry Representative Statement Revealed HYBE Insists on Keeping Kim Garam in LE SSERAFIM
Finally, despite the demands for Kim Garam to leave LE SSERAFIM, HYBE apparently insists in keeping her in the group.
On May 24, Korean media reported that HYBE has been meeting with the victim’s legal representative, Daeryun Law Firm. According to the reports, HYBE and Daeryun Law Firm are allegedly discussing a private settlement without having to bring the case to court.
After all, according to the industry representative they interviewed, HYBE is not planning on removing or replacing Kim Garam. Also, the company is not planning to convert LE SSERAFIM into a 5-member group. Therefore, despite her bullying scandal and its issue evidence, they insist on keeping Kim Garam in LE SSERAFIM.
according to this article, hybe doesn’t have any plans to remove or replace garam https://t.co/H1EkiFjJTI— nila 🐱 (@niyangis) May 23, 2022
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