August 02, 2012 10:40
K-pop girl group T-ara have postponed their first concert scheduled for Aug. 11 after the unexpected firing of one of the group's eight members.
The band's management agency in a press release quoted the band as saying, "Since we are in the middle of controversy over Hwa-young leaving the group, we don't think we can meet the fans with a bright smile, and they wouldn't be able to enjoy our concert in this situation."
The agency added T-ara "will come back with better music after some self-reflection."
The firing cast the spotlight on an endemic culture of ostracism and bullying in girl and boy groups who spend almost all their time together.
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