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SM Entertainment idols taking lead roles in dramas stirs up argument on fairness

By yckim124   Saturday, January 14, 2017   210,738   18,371   563
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Nowadays it's common to see idol turned actors on movies and dramas. However, it's still definitely uncommon to see them take lead roles only on their third, second, or even very first production. As this unusual case continued to occur with several SM Entertainment idols, an argument on fairness is taking over online communities.


In upcoming MBC drama 'Missing 9', EXO's Chanyeol will playing one of the superstars who ride on the airplane that ultimately crashes on an island. He may not be the main character, but he plays a crucial role. Another EXO member, Kai, will be taking the lead role in upcoming KBS drama 'Andante'. Netizens have already showered him with criticism for playing the main male character. And just yesterday, Red Velvet's Joy announced that she'll be playing the lead in upcoming tvN drama 'The Liar and His Lover'. 


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Netizens claim that idols turning into actors are not an issue. However, their jump start to the top is unfair. Some netizens claim that Chanyeol, Kai, and Joy's ability to land lead roles in dramas is an abusive use of power by SM Entertainment. It's also argued that it's unfair to rookie actors who struggle to take even small roles in productions. On the other hand, some netizens claim that SM idols have the right to take the lead roles as they too have worked hard for their roles. 


Comments state, "Heol.. lead role? Isn't it the first time Joy is acting..? That's just too much..", "They don't deserve to be criticized but you know they're really given the 'golden spoon'", "It's an issue because they're playing lead roles from the start. Do you really think directors want to use idols for leads?", and more. 


Do you think it's unfair that SM idols are landing so many lead roles in dramas? 

  1. Kai
  2. Chanyeol
  3. Joy
  4. sm entertainment


ketisanmo Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The fact is there is only a very very few who has the acting capabilities among idols actors. and especially from SM. SM has a history of poor idol actors. It is not fair for other real rookie actors who missed out who are much better than them.

Ms_Tulip Sunday, February 5, 2017

don't worry joy! i will keep supporting you! stay strong!

ElajzaBG Friday, January 20, 2017

It is definitely not ok when a good drama with really great actors is cut but some stupid drama with idol is taking it place with tons of advertisement (e.g Beautiful mind).

xoliaxo Monday, January 16, 2017

just let them be and let the viewer judge their acting. if they suck then they'll be the one who get critism, and that would teach the PDs how to choose a better lead actor/actress. if they proved to be good then it's good they've been given the chance to prove their ability.

junxxmin Monday, January 16, 2017

I think (someone screenshot my next words it won't happen again) I agree with knetz. Yes there's the whole 'starting from the bottom and proving oneself' theory and the whole 'if they start off small and improve there won't be criticism' thing, but I feel like a lot of this 'unfairness' talk comes from korean society itself. A lot of people are getting more and more upset because of the so called "backbone" (aka society based on connections) and "golden spoons". In their companies, work places, schools, those who have connections and are born into better families always get first choices and more opportunities. Also better treatment. When these ignored and overworked citizens come home and turn on the TV to relax/ somewhat detach themselves from reality they're faced with the lacking acting of idols who happen to have huge companies backing them up and I think that just pisses them off about society more and proves their point. In the end, they're left with a feeling that it's really unfair and I do agree with what they say. There are qualified actors waiting for good roles, to give them to idols who have never proved themselves or have had the experience seems too much like a waste of a job. They'll get hate for it too and that might kill their motivation/ hope. Either way, it's a bad call (in my opinion).

niyalo Sunday, January 15, 2017

Honestly, Kai and Chanyeol's acting is very awkward, though I do find it awkward to watch idols act in films/dramas/etc. I do think an idol if going into acting, should first prove themselves by showing their skill or progress in skill to gain a lead role. First off, Lead roles are super stressful because you have a set of high expectations from producers, entertainment company, and fans. It's already so time consuming learning choreography and songs... I'm sure more stress on body for adding lead role acting in there. But as long as it isn't SM forcing them to take these roles, I think it should be fine. If they are fine with the extra stress and extra time loss, they will do great. It is their job after all.

kimmiefonze Sunday, January 15, 2017

If you don't want them, don't watch them. Its free TV from a free country, no one forces you to watch these people act.

lilyirwin39 Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kai and Chanyeol have acted prior to this (Choco Bank, EXO Next Door, Seven First Kisses), but I don't think Joy has acted before. She should start with a smaller but noticeable role, so that acting agents can hire her for more movies instead of throwing her into the "deep end" if you wanna say that. I'm just scared that people that see her acting won't like her and won't have her act anymore.

kxth Sunday, January 15, 2017

I'm fine with Kai and Chanyeol since they had experience with acting with the EXO Next door and the other shows and they really deserved it, but Joy???? Are you serious SM? I think that Joy should start her acting career with a minor role. I'm just worried that Joy might be criticised when the show airs.

yutrial kxth Sunday, January 15, 2017

Suzy and eunji took lead role as their debut drama, look at them now, let her prove her potential, hope the best for her

NanandGomu yutrial Sunday, January 15, 2017

Suzy was going to make it regardless

LisannaMint yutrial Sunday, January 15, 2017

But Suzy got a huge amount of criticism for her role in Dream High because, honestly, her acting sucked back then.

exogen14 kxth Monday, January 16, 2017

i think from her past activities, she'll do well ☺️ http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhtESlp7OK_5MHAuDBOnjS5V_sqkFjIh-

kxth exogen14 Friday, January 20, 2017

I hope so

snfistik kxth Thursday, February 2, 2017

Joy auditioned for this drama, and they have chosen her. Its not all about SM's power.

noraini_zainal_a Sunday, January 15, 2017

If they come with talent why not?, but most of the time, idol-actors are disappointing. It's okay as supporting role as it won't distorted the drama, but as lead, your role are throughout the whole drama, so, I think twice before watch their drama.

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