Did T-ara Really Bully their Younger Members?
T-ara is the girlband under MBK Entertainment who debuted in 2009. They’ve been on top in popularity ever since they debuted, and especially when they released the song Roly Poly. T-ara has a lot of members but their most popular line-up consists of Qri, Soyeon, Jiyeon, Boram, Hyomin, and Eunjung. A while after their debut, 2 new members completed the group. Hwayoung joined T-ara as the 7th member in 2010 and Ahreum as the 8th member in 2012. Just as they were at the top of their career, some issues suddenly came out about their bad behavior toward a member of T-ara, Hwayoung. There are many speculations about the T-ara bullying scandal. A lot of people are still confused about what actually happened behind the scandal. Some people even put the entire blame on T-ara’s Jiyeon and Eunjung. So here, we will reveal the truth about the T-ara bullying scandal and we’ll also give you the detailed chronology.
How Did the T-ara Bullying Scandal Occur?
The bullying scandal first came to the surface and was spotted by netizens when T-ara held their solo concert in Japan. In the concert, Hwayoung only performed one song because she was reported suffering from an injury.
After some time passed, T-ara’s Hyomin updated her twitter account and expressed her feelings toward Hwayoung’s incident. “There are differences in levels of determination. Let us have more determination”, she wrote. T-ara’s Jiyeon also came and commented on Hyomin’s tweet. “The differences in levels of determination ^^, Always be humble ^^ and sensible ^^ I applaud you, acting genius ^^” she wrote. Starting from a single tweet, the whole story about the T-ara bullying scandal started.
It got even worse after Hyoyoung, who is T-ara Hwayoung’s twin sister posted a tweet saying “Even determination alone is not enough.”. Hyoyoung also added “God, you know everything right?”. After all those incidents, everyone started talking and presuming that Hwayoung was bullied by the other T-ara members.
Not long after that, Hyoyoung tweeted a post saying “My other half is going through troubles.”, to which T-ara Hwayoung replied “I only have you.”. All those posts showed how pathetic Hwayoung’s condition was at that time. A lot of T-ara’s fans were disappointed, and they started to hate T-ara members because of the bullying scandal.
T-ara Jiyeon Bullying Scandal Toward Hwayoung
There is a lot of speculation about the T-ara bullying scandal, and two of T-ara’s members who were suspected as the cruelest among all T-ara members, were Jiyeon and Eunjung. Here is some evidence collected by netizen about Jiyeon’s rude behavior toward Hwayoung.
1. Jiyeon Spotted Ignoring Hwayoung When Doing High-Fives
This happened when T-ara came to a Japanese variety show. Jiyeon succeeded in rolling her bowling ball during the game, she then came to T-ara members to give each of them a high-five. But the bad thing is, Jiyeon skipped Hwayoung who sat on the first seat and then she gave high-fives to the rest of the T-ara members.
2. Jiyeon Gave Hwayoung Acorn in a Dog’s Bowl
T-ara’s Hwayoung once shared a picture on her Twitter account of a cute gift given by Jiyeon. It was a lego dog that stood in front of acorn bowl. For Korean people, an acorn in a dog’s bowl means something that is related to “outcast”.
3. Jiyeon Made Fun of Hwayoung in SNS
Jiyeon is known as T-ara’s most popular member, and she won an online popularity poll among all members. After winning, Jiyeon posted on her SNS account, saying “I won first place in a popularity poll, so I’m sharing this picture~ Oh, and Hwayoung got 0 votes haha. Our poor Hwayoung…keke.”, which brought up another suspicion of her bullying Hwayoung.
4. Jiyeon Embarrassed Hwayoung In Front of Camera
T-ara appeared as guests in “Star Life Theater”, and there was a moment when all of the members were heading somewhere in a car. Suddenly, Hwayoung opened up a book to read, which attracted the producer and he said, “Oh, Hwayoung, it looks like you enjoy reading.”. Hwayoung was about to answer, but then Jiyeon suddenly said “It’s because of the camera. Wow, you’re really funny. I’ve never seen Hwayoung read a book while being in the same group.”, which led Hwayoung to embarrassment.
T-ara Eunjung Bullying Scandal Toward Hwayoung
There are not many specific moments captured of Eunjung bullying Hwayoung. But Eunjung was once spotted doing something really bad that might cause a death.
T-ara members were invited to a Japanese variety show. During the show, Eunjung picked Hwayoung among all T-ara members to eat a rice cake. But Eunjung wasn’t only feeding Hwayoung. Instead, she handed over the rice cake, and stuffed the big sized rice cake into Hwayoung’s mouth. Hwayoung’s face looked so disgusted. Rice cake is a food that Korean people like but at the same time are also afraid of because it is hard to chew and eating it in a big size portion might cause a death.
Other T-ara Members Scandal About Alleged Bullying Case
1. Hyomin Poked Hwayoung’s Face with Her Finger
This happened when T-ara appeared in an episode of KBS “Star Life Theater”. At that time, all of T-ara members stood close to each other making a line for their greeting. When T-ara members pointed at the camera, T-ara’s Hyomin was spotted striking her finder upwards, which then poked Hwayoung’s face. This then became one of the pieces of evidence for the T-ara bullying scandal.
2. Boram Came and Broke Hwayoung’s Umbrella
Not only T-ara’s Hyomin, but Boram was also spotted by netizens doing a bad thing toward Hwayoung. During T-ara’s appearance in “Idol Olympics”, there were photos spreading about how Boram attacked Hwayoung from the back and also broke her umbrella.
3. T-ara Members Left Hwayoung Alone
This happened during the T-ara greeting for KBS “Star Life Theater”. As you can see in the picture above, all the members were cracking a joke and were laughing together, while Hwayoung was standing on the left side and staring at the floor. She seemed that the only one who didn’t get the joke.
4. Soyeon and Boram Didn’t Give Hwayoung Any Dumplings
Another speculation happened during KBS “Star Life Theater”. There was a moment when Boram and Soyeon was cooking dumplings for all T-ara members. When they were dropping those dumplings, T-ara Boram suddenly said, “The water’s going to spill over if we put in Hwayoung’s dumpling.” And at the end, they didn’t put Hwayoung’s dumpling in.
5. Hwayoung Joined Sistar and Infinite without other T-ara Members
When they were guests in “Idol Olympics”, Hwayoung was left out by other T-ara members and was sitting alone. Not long after that, Sistar’s Bora and other Infinite members came to sit with her. They even took a picture together with Hwayoung without other T-ara members.