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Fans Call For Better Treatment Of CROSS GENE Following Takuyas Musical Casting Controversy
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Fans Call For Better Treatment Of CROSS GENE Following Takuyas Musical Casting Controversy

A growing number of fans of boy group CROSS GENE have begun demanding better treatment for the group following the decision to cast member Takuya in a Japanese musical.

Takuyas involvement in the musical Watashi no Host-chan [My host] was announced by the musicals official Twitter account on September 4. The notice was met with a mixed response as some CandYs [official name of CROSS GENE fans] showed concern at the content of the musical, which, fans say, involves the cast playing characters who are hosts and a voting system where people can win experiences with the cast members including hugs and other forms of physical interaction.

Director Diplomatic in 'Okja' Screening Controversy
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Director Diplomatic in 'Okja' Screening Controversy

Director Bong Joon-ho (center) speaks at a press junket for his latest film "Okja" in a hotel in Seoul on Wednesday along with cast members. /Newsis

Bong Joon-ho took the blame Wednesday for the screening controversy about his latest film "Okja" and expressed hope that the spat between producer Netflix and Korean cinema chains can be resolved amicably.

"I am responsible for all this fuss. I had just thought it would be great to provide viewers with more channels and opportunities to watch my film, but it seems I wanted too much", Bong told reporters at a press conference in Seoul.

The K-pop Casting Couch: Sexual Coercion by Entertainment Suits
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The K-pop Casting Couch: Sexual Coercion by Entertainment Suits

Warning: discussion related to sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and violence follow. Please proceed with caution.

The life of a K-pop trainee is, for an outsider, unimaginably difficult. The competition to entering the industry is fierce with multiple contentious stages of auditions. Once they are accepted, their fate is by no means assured; they are always working under threat of elimination and uncertainty of their debuts. The custodians of their destinies are their entertainment companies, to whom they entrust their futures. Idol trainees are placed under the care of their management and it comes as no surprise that this almost absolute power results in abuse.

Ha Min Ho From Produce 101 Season 2 Posts Apology For Sexual Harassment Controversy
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Ha Min Ho From Produce 101 Season 2 Posts Apology For Sexual Harassment Controversy

Former Produce 101 Season 2 trainee Ha Min Ho previously had to leave the show and his agency for allegedly trying to engage in sexual relationships with underage fans and sexually harassing his ex-girlfriend in middle school.

On June 20, Ha Min Ho took to his Instagram account to post an apology regarding the whole controversy.

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Below is the full statement:

Hello, this is former Produce 101 Season 2 contestant Ha Min Ho.

Fans show their support for NU'EST's Baekho in the midst of controversy
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Fans show their support for NU'EST's Baekho in the midst of controversy

Following the accusations of sexual assault, fans have been showing support for NU'EST member Baekho.

On June 22, numerous fans left encouraging messages on the idol's Instagram page, saying things like, "Stay strong Baekho!!!" "I trust you oppa. Fighting!" "...no matter what happens, be as fearless as a tiger."

SEE ALSO: NU'EST's Baekho accused of sexual assault by online user, victim uploads recording of a call with him

Previously, Pledis Entertainment responded to accusations, "We are looking to take legal action in regards to the malicious comments being made."