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You may have seen a banner being pulled by an airplane in the sky this afternoon over Mountlake Terrace that read “J. WHAT TIME IS IT NOW?”

For the past several weeks, a group of fans have been raising money to send a message to former Korean pop star Jar Park, or Jaebeom. You may ask “well what does this have to do with Seattle or Mountlake Terrace?” Well, stay with me here and I’ll explain.

Jay Park was born and raised in the Seattle area. He applied to be part of an entertainment group in Korea. He was accepted to be a part of a group that was eventually called 2 PM. I’d never heard of the group but apparently they are a big deal in Korea and elsewhere around the world. They’ve had a few #1 songs in Korea over the past couple years.

Recently some negative comments Jay Park made about Korea were somehow hacked out of his Myspace account. Lots of his fans got upset and this led to him eventually leaving the group and moving back to Seattle earlier this month.

Today’s banner is part of an international effort by 2 PM’s fans to tell Jaebeom that they still support him. The banner project was organized mostly through Twitter and a website for fans of the group.

That’s the simple version of this story. If you want more details, read this or just google it.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this article. By the way, 2PM only celebrated their FIRST anniversary just days before Jay's myspace scandal occurred. They were an extremely promising group that was riding the bullet train to top stardom for their incredible talents and refreshingly 'real' personalities. The saddest thing is that Jay made these immature, childish comments (in American slang that was thoroughly misinterpreted) 4-5 years ago, back when he first began training in a new country where he wasn't used to its culture nor language and had no friends and family. He apologized repeatedly, but netizens were relentless and brutal (going as far as to create an online death petition). In a matter of 4 days after his comments were leaked, he was forced to 'resign' from his group (members he had trained with and grown to love like brothers) and literally left Korea in shame. He spent 4 years training for his debut, and his career was destroyed in 4 days.The banner project was organized in a little less than two weeks actually. The myspace controversy started in the beginning of September and since then, Hottest (2PM's official fanclub) have really pulled together and made a huge effort to be heard. We just want to show our support for him while he's going through such a hard time.

  2. Thanks alot for the article. I'm glad you didn't downplay the situation or wrote this with a derogatory undertone as this project and the intention behind it meant alot to some people.

  3. Thank you for this article. By the way, 2PM only celebrated their FIRST anniversary just days before Jay’s myspace scandal occurred. They were an extremely promising group that was riding the bullet train to top stardom for their incredible talents and refreshingly ‘real’ personalities. The saddest thing is that Jay made these immature, childish comments (in American slang that was thoroughly misinterpreted) 4-5 years ago, back when he first began training in a new country where he wasn’t used to its culture nor language and had no friends and family. He apologized repeatedly, but netizens were relentless and brutal (going as far as to create an online death petition). In a matter of 4 days after his comments were leaked, he was forced to ‘resign’ from his group (members he had trained with and grown to love like brothers) and literally left Korea in shame. He spent 4 years training for his debut, and his career was destroyed in 4 days.nnThe banner project was organized in a little less than two weeks actually. The myspace controversy started in the beginning of September and since then, Hottest (2PM’s official fanclub) have really pulled together and made a huge effort to be heard. We just want to show our support for him while he’s going through such a hard time.

  4. Thanks alot for the article. nI’m glad you didn’t downplay the situation or wrote this with a derogatory undertone as this project and the intention behind it meant alot to some people.

  5. glad to find your article here and thanks a lot for your writing. Due to some people looking weird and misinterpreted about this banner which is very important to us as his fans.Yes, we just wanna show and let him know that many 2PM fans all over the world always love 'n support him while he's having a hard time.Thanks again for your report, we appreciate it.

  6. glad to find your article here and thanks a lot for your writing. Due to some people looking weird and misinterpreted about this banner which is very important to us as his fans.nYes, we just wanna show and let him know that many 2PM fans all over the world always love ‘n support him while he’s having a hard time.nThanks again for your report, we appreciate it.

  7. glad to find your article here and thanks a lot for your writing. Due to some people looking weird and misinterpreted about this banner which is very important to us as his fans.Yes, we just wanna show and let him know that many 2PM fans all over the world always love 'n support him while he's having a hard time.Thanks again for your report, we appreciate it.

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