It’s been a wild week for those of us who’ve been keeping up with the Kris and Luhan epic. February began with SM Entertainment filing their own lawsuit against Kris and Luhan, and releasing a statement claiming that the former Exo members were undergoing “illegal activities” in China. Putting aside all the legal jargon and fan reactions aside, Kris and Luhan went about their business, meeting publicly for the first time last week at a rehearsal for CCTV‘s annual Spring Gala Festival. SM Entertainment followed with a second lawsuit against Luhan shortly after, applying further legal pressure on the jedi tandem. And then just days ago, the empire struck back with more force than ever. CCTV suddenly announced that Kris and Luhan will not be appearing in Spring Gala Festival, China’s largest televised event of the year.
In light of recent events, Kris and Luhan called for a joint press conference for the very first time since they filed their respective lawsuits against SM Entertainment to address some of the allegations which have been lobbied against them by their former employer. Key statements from the press conference have been roughly translated below by Seoulbeats’ very own Mark and Amy L.
Despite what you may have heard, their words are duplicitous and all hoot
It’s been quite some time now since we’ve given them the tall boot
And ‘til they accept the Nullification, further discussion will be all moot
We will not remain silent as we seek to confront this bully
They’ve infringed upon our rights and now we’re fighting back more fully
We will strike down upon them with the same ruthless relent and cruelty
Yet respond with more tact than how they handled Choiza and Sulli
Such actions are just desperate attempts to salvage their cash cow
They’ve raised us as Wolves but underestimated our Growl
Under Tencent and Baidu, how dare they fight us now?
No longer one of twelve, I’ve been reborn Back to Twenty
Try to slander all they want but they can’t deny I’m Sweet as Honey
Messing with CCTV, do they think that this is funny?
Thirsty for another sanction, they’re mad the Lu just gets his money
Thought I couldn’t pull it off but I’ve been pulling it all the while
Thought I wouldn’t keep it up but I’ve been going for miles and miles
Thought I couldn’t spit this flow but you ain’t know ‘bout Galaxy Style
Smear my name against the walls, your words are libelous and ludicrous
Talked my boy Lu to this and now you’re up against team LuhaKris
You never thought it’d happen; you never even knew of this
Should’ve seen it coming though, you ain’t even new to this
Gotta stay on my grind, gotta stay all sorts of true to this
Came back as Yi Fan ’cause the old Kris was straight up through with this
From the peninsula to the parallel, your jurisdiction don’t fly overseas
What’s all this about Copyrights and Illegal Activities?
No Necessary Licenses? Can’t touch all this Chinese amnesty
This pardon exists for all the huaqiao (华侨) who want to up and join me
That’s you Victoria, Henry, Amber, Liyin, and brother Zhoumi
Break free of your chains and do what Hangeng’s lawyer told me
Get big, get out, then get even like an OG
You’re a small part of a big scheme, every member has its function
At this crossroads of legal woes, let me guide you across this junction
Cease this madness at once, or do I need to file an Injunction?
I’m sorry you didn’t think our deal was reasonable or satisfactory
But compassion is not a factor in running an Idol Factory
I’m still not sure that you comprehend the situation quite accurately
Return to your stables at once or this will end up quite disastrously!
But a drop of water has ripple effects that lead to tidal waves quite large
Lawsuits aren’t a one-time thing, its effects are far from miniscule
Once there was a happy village founded by Soo-man called SM Town
Fueled by Cultural Technology, the machine ran on sleek and sound
Then came the lawsuits — withdrawals, chaos, and panic abound
The FTC and its friends repeatedly tried to shut it down
Only 13 became an anachronism, no longer with its original renown
Then fans leave and legacies fade ‘cause no one likes the way HoMin sounds
I-nets talk about human rights then get sad when idols are dating
Who’s got time for that sort of nonsense with all these sasaengs camped out waiting?
It’s not the investors who take stock in all this pointless moral debating
It’s the press who have a field day when you traitors end up hating
So you want to follow the lead of Hangeng?
Look what you’ve up and gone done
Y’all must really be on some
Think you’ve won? It’s far from done
What happened to Spring Gala? Gone, son
Run but you can’t hide, pond scum
As employees you paid us pennies but now we’re making all this big yuan
Call me teacher, my influence stretches beyond Shanghai to Sichuan
My classroom is a courthouse for your lawyers to feast, now chifan (吃饭)
Call yourself a well-oiled machine yet your workers constantly disobey
Press releases are just media play, scattered statements in disarray
Call us haters and traitors but you’re the hypocrite in this power play
Drove your idols to China to escape overwork and underpay
Straighten up SM, or continue to get schooled
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it like blind fools
Every idol who’s broke loose has been revitalized and retooled
I’ve long shed my company Mask so let’s just drop this whole act
Chronic Gastritis and Myocarditis were never terms in our contract
Don’t need your work discrimination, check out all the offers we attract
We’ve covered all our bases, jealousy is your only basis for attack
Sadly, getting sick and earning slave wages aren’t what we agreed upon
And now we’re making all this money from China to Taiwan
Thought you could go around picking on Yi Fan and the Deer of Dawn?
Don’t know what you messing with ‘til you messing with the Han
Who won? Who’s next? You Decide![poll id = “89”]
(TV Report, Images via SM Entertainment, CJ Entertainment, Newsen, Yuehua Entertainment)