2014 has been a big year for the K-Pop industry, in terms of “slave” contracts. From EXO, to Ladies Code, to B.A.P, it has been a year of idols suing and leaving their companies. From cases like these, it’s easy to see that these “slave” contracts do exist and they should be made illegal as they go against idols’ human rights.
EXO is one of the most successful boy groups today. With 12 extremely cute members, who can sing and dance, it’s no wonder they’ve become so popular. Their group is made up of 8 Korean members and 4 Chinese members. They’re also my all time favorite group so I guess that’s why they’re one of my examples. EXO is under SM Entertainment, who has a history for not only pumping out really successful artists, but also for their bad treatment of their idols.
EXO has since become a 10 member, almost 9 member boy group. What I mean by this is in May 2014, Kris sued SM, in October, Luhan also sued SM and in April 2015, Tao is reportedly leaving EXO. These three are Chinese members and their court hearings are still in progress.
Kris and Luhan claimed that SM discriminated between the Chinese and Korean members. Treating the Korean members better by giving them more money for promotions and scheduling more appearances for them. Luhan said he experienced over-exhaustion and a lot of health issues and the company wouldn’t allow him the proper rest.
Tao’s alleged leaving is based on the fact that he has endured a lot of injuries since EXO’s debut and hasn’t been allowed the necessary rest to properly heal these injuries. A lot of his injuries didn’t properly heal and with no proper rest, his injuries would act up again and get worse.