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Jay Park talks about trainees getting hit when they made mistakes + his past MySpace controversy

By yckim124   Monday, February 27, 2017   202,967   13,496   180



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Jay Park opened up about his past days in JYP Entertainment.

On episode 13 of 'The Glow Up Podcast', Jay Park- introduced as K-Pop superstar- joined as the guest. During the talk, the artist shared about his transition from Seattle to South Korea and the cultural differences he experienced. 

Jay Park first revealed that he decided to make the move to Korea for his family who was financially struggling. He stated that his goals were to make money and that he was "naive," thinking that he could move right back to the states after achieving his goals. 

Overall, the transition was perceived as a sacrifice for Jay, who could barely speak Korean and had a minimum knowledge of the Korean culture at the time. 

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In Korea, Jay Park received training under JYP Entertainment for about 3 and a half years. He named the time as "artist development" where trainees received vocal and dancing training. He stated, "It helped in a lot of ways but it kinda killed my passion and creativity", and that is, "Kind of like programming. Sing it like this, do it like this. So you lose your individuality."

Jay confessed that the time was extremely hard and lonely for him and that he even cried at times. 

He also revealed, "The culture in itself was kinda like when you get certain lyrics or you get certain dance move wrong, they would like literally hit you. That's kinda like the Korean way you know. It's not like that now. Much better now but back then there were like, 'You motha f*ck'.. (laugh) but they wouldn't do that to me because I was good at dancing. But I would see this dude next to me, he would be getting some sh*t wrong and get his ass whooped."

Next, he shared about his past MySpace controversy that ultimately got him cut from the group 2PM. "You know I was in culture shock. I was very ignorant. I was very naive. I said some comments. Someone dug up some of the comments that I said, 'Korea's wack', 'I don't know what's going on'. That's how you talk when you're young. Like 'Korea's gay'... Over here, everyone talks like that but if you translate it literally... They were like 'Ahh, Jay Park's racist. He doesn't like Koreans'."

Jay moved back to Seattle a year after 2PM's debut and eventually made his return to Korea where he has become a successful artist with his own record label.

Check out the full podcast interview with Jay Park below.

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    eager_beaver 19 days ago

    He received training under his own company? Must have been weird for the trainers to coach the CEO.

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    lolhaha Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Japanese Tv shows hit people all the time, PMS hit seohyun before too so...

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    yoohoobias lolhaha 20 days ago

    dude.. we're talkng kpop here...

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    lolhaha yoohoobias 17 days ago

    relative to the article, every 1 gets hit regardless if your a korean entertainer...not hard to read

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    lechuga Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    The word "gay" was used extremely lightly back in early 2000's era. It really did get used as another term for "lame" so when i read controversies like that , im like, man we really didnt think that one through. But you're kids and No one really takes time to think about it twice. Good times on MySpace classic tho!!

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    cmerle1 Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    But hitting someone is not okay, for any reason.

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    kpopibIe cmerle1 Friday, March 3, 2017

    It was back in the day when it was okay.

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    kpop_lover_s Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Genuine Question: Why'd he decide to come back to Korea though?

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    lt3_M3e_chan_E3 kpop_lover_s Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Maybe to prove to them that he is a good person and what they thought about him saying all that was a misunderstanding.

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    Jinki_JiYong Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Fans gotta stop being so triggered over Jay talking about his past. That's his life and he has full rights to talk about it from his point of view. Some Hottest are acting like he out here bashing his former members and dragging their names through the dirt. Obviously they're making their money and living well like himself.Why is so bad to hear his side about what it feels like to be a trainee? I like hearing it; it reminds me that these kids work their asses off and gets treated like dirt at times, so much respect for him putting it out there. It's life guys--he himself blames how naive he was about just making that money that it was hurting 'Him' as a individual.Keep talking about it Jay; make people uncomfortable so their can be a change. If he doesn't bring it up or speaks about it then all your favs (mine included) will suffer more. Making you a cause to their pain.

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    Hikari_ELF Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Tbh I'm glad he left the group. As much as i miss him with 2PM members but that style doesn't suit him. I love his music now way better.

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    LuckyMe Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Lol he was soooo nervous he was non stop stuttering. I was like calm down Jay take a breather the whole time. Also, i died laughing when they said he was the korean justin bieber and he was like naw im the korean chris brown. He said no shade to jb but really it's shade.

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    Shizuko_Arin Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    He has come a long way struggling and now he is doing well. Proud of him ^^

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    7amdowh Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    I'm glad he's successful now

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