Famous Taiwanese Citizens State TWICE’s Tzuyu Was Forced to Apologize by JYP
David Song, Jan. 19, 2016, 9:11 a.m.
Even with JYP Entertainment’s statement explaining that TWICE member Tzuyu wasn’t pushed into apologizing publicly, a few top Taiwanese figures have stepped forward to press charges against the agency stating that they forced Tzuyu to apologize to the public. On January 19th, it was stated that famous Taiwanese figures like human rights lawyer Wang Kefu and MC Hu Zhongxin are now pressing charges against JYP Entertainment for allegedly forcing Tzuyu to apologize.
Tzuyu had made an appearance on “My Little Television” with a Taiwanese flag and she allegedly had a “pro-Taiwanese independence” agenda. The same charges were filed against Taiwanese singer Huang An, who allegedly was against Taiwanese independence, and was one of the first celebrities who had openly criticized Tzuyu. Lawyer Wang Kefu commented, "For no reason, Huang An infringed upon Tzuyu's free will and coerced her to apologize through unlawful means and gave her a heavy heart." Huang An denied allegations and said that he considered himself a Taiwanese national.
Even though the charges weren’t expected to give any rise to any real or legal consequences, they definitely made headlines. The Center for Multi-Cultural Korea said that it would be putting a request for an investigation into JYP Entertainment and J.Y. Park from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.
TWICE is a multi-national K-pop girl group formed by JYP Entertainment through the 2015 reality show Sixteen. Selected from a pool of sixteen JYP trainees, the group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. The name Twice was chosen because members will be able to "wow their fans once through their ears and twice through their eyes." They debuted on October 20, 2015, with the mini-album The Story Begins. On December 2, 2015, less than two months after their debut, Twice was nominated for Artist of the Year and awarded Best New Female Artist at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.