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Posted by AKP STAFF Monday, July 30, 2012

T-ara/Hwayoung Controversy: Cliff Notes Edition


Over the weekend, T-ara has been the hot topic throughout the world of K-Pop, causing many fans to worry. Fans' worst fears were then confirmed, when CCM (Core Contents Media) announced that Hwayoung would no longer be a part of T-ara. Let's take a look at how this chaotic story came about.


The Initial Spark

[July 25th/ July 26th] T-ara puts on special unit performance at their Japanese Budokan Concert
[July 25th] T-ara members' tweets following Budokan concert receive some criticism

The Fuel

[July 27th] Core Contents Media to make a major announcement regarding T-ara
[July 27th] T-ara's Hwayoung leaves an ambiguous tweet
[July 28th] Netizens uncover meaning behind T-ara Hyomin's Twitter profile picture
[July 28th] T-ara's Boram unfollows Hwayoung on Twitter?

The Fire

[July 29th] Performances from July 29th's episode of SBS 'Inkigayo'
[July 29th] Netizens share more incidents of T-ara's Hwayoung supposedly being bullied
[July 29th] Fans demand T-ara's Eunjung be kicked off 'We Got Married' and 'Five Fingers'

The Explosion

[July 30th] [BREAKING] CCM announces Hwayoung will leave T-ara
[July 30th] Hwayoung's sister, Hyoyoung, tweets in response to Kim Kwang Soo's announcement
[July 30th] Hwayoung strikes back on Twitter
[July 30th] Full press release from Core Contents Media regarding Hwayoung's departure from T-ara
[July 30th] CCM's CEO Kim Kwang Soo interviewed regarding Hwayoung's departure
[July 30th] CCM reveals the dark side of Hwayoung, mudslinging ensues

The Aftermath/Damage Report

[July 30th] T-ara to proceed with their August comeback as scheduled
[July 30th] SBS PD states he will no longer cast T-ara, T-ara concert may flop
[July 30th] Netizens dig up evidence of Hwayoung being bullied? T-Jinyo group formed demanding truth
[July 30th] Five Fingers to proceed with Eunjung still a member of the cast
[July 30th] SBS PD Ryu Chul Min apologizes for his tweet regarding Hwayoung & T-ara
[July 30th] CCMs Kim Kwang Soo speaks of a possibility for Hwayoung to rejoin T-ara
[July 30th] T-ara's former back-up dancer claims Jiyeon once slapped Hwayoung
[July 30th] Online café 'T-Jinyo' (We Demand the Truth from T-ara) gains more than 160,000 members
[July 30th] T-ara's Hwayoung was responsible for Jiyeon's 'bad attitude'?

Extended Drama/Damage Report

[July 30th] 5dolls' Hyoyoung sheds tears over her twin sister Hwayoung
[July 30th] Petition asking for the disbandment of T-ara gains over 71,700 signatures
[July 30th] CEO Kim Kwang Soo meets with the parents of Hwayoung and Hyoyoung
[July 30th] Advertisers begin to pull T-ara after controversy
[July 30th] Two more idol groups suspected of bullying
[July 31st] Police refute CCM's claims of filing reports for investigation of the alleged back dancer
[July 31st] T-ara's Eunjung misses VIP showing of "I Am a King"
[July 31st] T-ara to temporarily halt scheduling future events?
[July 31st] T-ara's apperance at 'K-pop Yeosu Expo Super Concert' canceled
[July 31st] Former T-ara member Hwayoung tweets message for fans
[July 31st] Witness refutes CCM's statement of Hwayoung's "unacceptable behavior"
[July 31st] Kim Kwang Soo reveals that although there were conflicts, there was no bullying in T-ara
[July 31st] Daewoo Securities remove Eunjung's image from advertisements
[July 31st] Photo of an individual, speculated to be Hwayoung, visiting the CCM office goes viral
[July 31st] T-ara's Eunjung has been removed from the homepage picture for the National Police Agency
[July 31st] Entertainment agencies begin face-to-face chats and restrict SNS use due to 'T-ara shock'
[August 1st] Hwayoung leaves a secret message for fans on Twitter?
[August 1st] Hwayoung's father reached for comments after controversy
[August 1st] T-ara's first domestic concert to be postponed

The Resolution(?)

[July 31st] CCM and Hwayoung have resolved their differences?

Stay tuned to allkpop, as the story is still developing and we will update as soon as we learn more.

[Note: Dates listed in this article are in EST rather than KST]

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