Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, under section 23, it’s easy to see that these “slave contracts” go against these human rights.
“Everyone has the right to just and favorable conditions of work.”,
“Everyone has the right to equal pay for equal work.”
And some K-Pop contracts go against these rights. Firstly, we’ll look at the first one.
We all need our beauty sleep. To keep from getting sick or going crazy. We’re all use to at least 6 hours of sleep per night, 8 if we’re lucky. But for an idol, they’re lucky if they can squeeze 2 or 3 hours in.
The life of K-Pop idol is hectic. Their schedules usually start at 5am to 1 am the next day. Their managers and company jam pack as much into one day as possible. Sometimes with more then 3 concerts or meet ups a day and sometimes these schedules are in different cities.
These hectic schedules only allow idols a few hours of sleep as they have to be in “music mode” 24/7. Going from schedule to schedule. Performing at music shows every night during promotions is the norm. As a result, idols sleep wherever they can, whenever they can. Whether that’s on a couch, on the floor of their waiting room or in the bathroom. It’s horrible for their health and usually results in hospitalization for sleep deprivation. There have been many cases of idols needing medical treatment for working so much. One of the many cases is Krystal from f(x), a girl group under SM Entertainment. There have been many cases where she has fainted on stage or fainted while getting off stage.
It’s crazy that idols are pushed this far. But for many, it’s a reality for the career they have chosen,.