Is ITZY’s Album Spoiler “Play Favorites”? Korean Fans Divided Over Missing Members

The video featured two of the five members, raising questions from ITZY fans.

According to the schedule posted on their official social media accounts, JYP Entertainmentthe girl’s group ITZY revealed an “Album Spoiler” video on July 17 KST…

ITZY | @ITZYofficial/Twitter

…consisting of short highlights of all the songs and choreographies from their upcoming mini-album, KILL MY DOUBT.

Although the video itself has received a tremendous amount of support, some Korean fans are asking the obvious question: How come three of the five members are “missing” from the album spoiler?

Throughout the video, Yeji and Ryujin are the only members (besides a few dancers) to appear.

And fans, judging by the schedule, believe that “Looks like no other content is aligned” which may exclusively feature members Chaeryeong, Liaand Yuna—at least, Yeji and Ryujin are as prominent as album spoilers.

Hundreds of ITZY and other K-Pop idol fans have flocked to online communities, such as theqooto discuss “What happened.” And among them, opinions remain divided. Some believe that the idea of ​​the album spoiler is “literally ‘nickname’ and not give the whole thing away.”

This is an interesting and creative way to reveal an album spoiler without giving away the entire choreography or formation…

— @midzy_swag/Twitter

Others also agreed that there should be “many to come,” and, without knowing the actual plan, it should not be assumed that JYP Entertainment intended to discriminate within the group.

| theqoo
  • “I’m not a fan of ITZY, but this threw me off for sure. I watched the whole thing, waiting for the members to change. Hahaha.”
  • “What is the reason…?”
  • “This hurts the fans of the other three members, however… How did their biases disappear from the official content?”
  • “Even though JYP Entertainment has additional content featuring the other three members to be released, it’s not the best execution of whatever the plan is. I think, at least, it should have been made clear in the schedule that the video will have two select members…”
  • “Is this a unit album or what? I hope there are other plans for the three missing members.”
  • “What is…?”
  • “How come no one thinks, ‘Hmm. Let’s not include the dancers first and let the five members perform instead’? It’s even more annoying because the title track is so bop.”
  • “I hope this is not an attempt to blow away the Studio Choom vids… because if it is, it fails. And it’s becoming all too clear that JYPE has no idea what it’s doing.”
  • “If this happened to ANY OTHER group, I think their fandoms would react the same way. Unless the three members have some content for themselves, that is. It should help the fans of the whole group, because most of the fans of the individual members are fans of the whole group, especially the comebacks. It’s so pointless…”
  • “Hmm… It must be a bit confusing for the fans, for sure.”
  • “It’s not JYP Entertainment putting in extra effort to make sure this comeback gets negative attention… I can’t. How come the management didn’t cater to the fans of the whole group first? Good job pissing off ALL the fans.”

On the other hand, some fans believe this is favoritism at its peak, pointing that out “it doesn’t make sense” for the video “include all the dancers but not the actual members themselves.”

| theqoo
  • “It’s a shame because if the video included all five members, it would have gotten a lot of attention for being hot and fresh. The idea behind it is great, but the execution sucks. Today, we are all talking about the missing members and not about the songs or the choreographies. What’s up with JYPE?”
  • “Love the concept, though… I wonder what happened.”
  • “This reminds me of managing my bias… Sometimes, companies discriminate for no apparent reason. It’s not about how popular some member is, or how good. It’s not about profit. They’re just playing favorites.”
  • “I could have sworn this was a teaser for their unit promotion.”
  • “Are they debuting a unit or what? This is pointless. I hope JYPE has something lined up for the other three members… Right?”
  • “WHAT? I’m sure there are others… Like, I sure hope the other three members get unit content as well. LMAO. What is this too?”
  • “The video itself is very well done… which makes this whole situation worse.”
  • “Um, there are TEN dancers in this video. I’m disgusted. Where is the rest of ITZY? Or is ITZY a two member group now?”
  • “Huh… I wonder what went through their minds…”
  • “Please… There must be something else planned for the other three members… Right? Because otherwise, it’s problematic as heck.”
  • “It’s funny how GENIUS this album spoiler is for them dancing while teasing the songs… but at the same time, so IDIOTIC for excluding three members from it.”

JYP Entertainment did not respond to questions raised online.

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