Even as the 6th TVXQ comeback “Catch Me” arrives, there are still fans who have not accepted that this is Yunho and Changmin’s chosen path. I’m not referring to antis but to fans who claim to actively support TVXQ, Yunho and Changmin – namely, ‘ot5 fans’. Instead of fragmenting, de-emphasizing or disregarding their decisions (which includes staying with SM), Yunho and Changmin deserve our respect.
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A good place to start is to acknowledge that Yunho and Changmin made decisions in 2009 too. I’ve seen fans avoid it as if Yunho and Changmin’s choices are taboo. Isn’t it disrespectful to treat Yunho and Changmin like things we’re ashamed to speak of? Acknowledge and be proud of the two and their decisions:
- Yunho and Changmin chose not to file the lawsuit.
- Yunho and Changmin chose to stay with SM.
- Most importantly, Yunho and Changmin chose to continue as TVXQ.
“Decision making” is almost always associated with JYJ but rarely with Yunho and Changmin. I wish that these fans would look at Yunho and Changmin with the same lens. Isn’t it only fair to treat both sides with the same respect?
I’ve also seen fans suggest Yunho and Changmin have not actually made decisions at all:
- “Yunho and Changmin were forced into staying with SM and using the TVXQ name.”
- “Everything Yunho and Changmin have done or said is ‘scripted’ by SM.”
- “Yunho and Changmin stayed with SM only because they were blackmailed due to familial debt.”
These fans deny Yunho and Changmin of having any intelligence, personal will or desires. This is just utterly insulting to two people who have dreamed and accomplished so much. I’m left to wonder, if they believe Yunho and Changmin are just lifeless pawns, then who are they even supposedly fans of?
Fans can’t truly accept Yunho and Changmin because they aren’t able to see past their personal judgments of SM. It’s sad these fans make it about SM when it’s really about Yunho and Changmin. They should treat it like any other decision Yunho and Changmin make. The basic act itself (to make a decision) is a right Yunho and Changmin have as people. Fans need to first and foremost respect that right.
The easiest way to make such fans understand, is to put it this way: JYJ making the choice to leave and Yunho & Changmin making the choice to stay, are inherently equal actions. Whether fans accept or approve of the actual choice is a separate issue.
Furthermore, even if fans don’t approve of the decision (no matter what it is), it doesn’t mean the decision didn’t happen.
What irritates me the most is when fans say, “I hope Homin leave SM …”. I’m sure these fans would never say, “I hope JYJ go back to SM …” – Because in all honesty, that is the equivalent of what they’re asking Homin to do. Yunho and Changmin deserve more respect than this, it needs to stop.
Lastly, why I respect and believe in Yunho, Changmin and the path they’ve chosen is best explained in their own words.
“…I think the current circumstances I’ve chosen for myself are absolutely not wrong. …having made this choice according to my personal values, I don’t have a single regret and I’m not uncertain at all. Even having said that, I don’t want to say “please understand me” and force anyone to do so. I’m going to continue on this path and change nothing. It would be great if the fans can believe in us like this from now on.” — Changmin 2011 [El Sol Photobook Interview via hominfatale]
“The moment that I will remember most happened recently at the Tokyo Dome, where we stood on stage once again. …If I were to go back in time, there is nothing I would do differently. Those were the decisions I made, and every moment I worked hard, so there are no regrets.” — Yunho 2012 [An Interview with TVXQ, ‘From Debut to World Stars’ via kpopstarz]