Fans Outraged By The Mental Health Advice JYP Gives To His Artists

Fans Outraged By The Mental Health Advice JYP Gives To His Artists

Fans Outraged By The Mental Health Advice JYP Gives To His Artists

“There can be a bad day, but…”

JY Park, founder of JYP Entertainment, has come under fire for his approach to handling the emotional well-being of his artists — a sentiment shown by the reactions of fans across social media platforms.

| JY Park Japan

The outrage stems from JYP’s philosophy that, despite personal struggles, artists should maintain a cheerful demeanor to keep the atmosphere light for everyone around them. This advice, intended to promote a positive environment, has been criticized by fans for encouraging artists to suppress their true feelings. Advocates for mental health argue that such an approach could exacerbate the artists’ internal struggles by not allowing them a healthy outlet for their emotions.

| Billboard

In his recent appearance at PSICK SHOW on YouTube, Park shared what advice he gives to artists who are having a bad day, emotionally or physically.

That’s why I tell my artists like Stray Kids, TWICE. I say ‘Okay there can be a bad day, but if you look depressed, blue, and sad you’re gonna make everybody uncomfortable. So that’s who we are, even in our toughest days we have to go make a joke, make sure you make everybody comfortable.’

— JY Park

Many fans feel that expecting artists to constantly put on a brave face is akin to treating them as emotionless robots, designed to perform without falter. They worry that this could lead to a dangerous precedent where artists push themselves to the brink, ignoring signs of mental fatigue until it’s too late, evidenced by the growing number of idols taking hiatuses for mental health reasons.

The recent hiatus of ITZY‘s Lia, for instance, has become a focal point in this debate. Her break from ITZY’s activities, juxtaposed with JYP’s advice, highlights the potential consequences of a work culture that prioritizes public image over personal health. Fans are concerned that the pressure to appear unfazed in the face of hardship could lead to a neglect of serious mental health issues until they reach a crisis point.

Lia will be missing from from ITZY’s comeback preparations and world tour in January. | JYP Entertainment

Conversely, other fans suggest that there is a practical aspect to JYP’s advice. They argue that in the highly competitive and image-driven world of entertainment, public perception is crucial. For performers, maintaining a positive front can be part of the job, affecting not just their own careers but also the collective dynamic of their teams. They assert that while it’s important to manage mental health actively, there’s also a need for professionalism that sometimes requires setting personal feelings aside for the greater good of the group and the production.

The idea of ‘the show must go on’ is ingrained deeply in the culture of performance arts, where personal sacrifice is often glamorized.

Earlier this year, Irene took the stage at “SMTOWN in Jakarta”, despite being in a bad condition, which sparked a debate on idol responsibilities and sacrifice. | @dearenebeloved/Twitter

The mixed reactions from fans show that there’s a big discussion about how mental health is dealt with in the K-Pop industry. This is especially true for jobs, that of an idol, where people have to balance being themselves with their professional duties. As more light is shed on the importance of mental health, especially in high-pressure environments, it’s clear that a balance must be struck between maintaining a productive work environment and ensuring the emotional well-being of everyone involved.