Alright! SM is finally releasing some teasers for EXO’s comeback, which a lot of EXO-Ls are hoping will happen soon. However, that first hint they released on EXO’s official Twitter, @PathcodeEXO, for this comeback brought back some heart-breaking memories for EXO fans. Most fans are responding to the hint with anticipation, but some are saying it was shady of SM to release that hint, which was “the number of marbles that passed the maze.”
Of course, having been a fan through the SUJU and DBSK line-up change, for lack of a better description regarding loss of much loved members, EXO’s line-up change wasn’t too hard to take in, though it was still a tad bit surprising. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but losing members from EXO was something to be expected based on SM’s notorious streak for boy groups, although there was very strong hope that we would be proved wrong. My initial thought on EXO-M was, “Did they not learn from what happened with Hankyung?” But I always try to keep an open mind, and so I figured that SM must have changed for these idols to continue their dream with them.
As a fan, my heart hurt for all the members of SUJU and DBSK when they had members that wanted out. I loved (still do, although my preference in music has changed) those two groups, and I just could not believe what was happening, although I supported the decisions of the members that wanted to leave. Because of that, I didn’t want to get too invested in becoming a fan of EXO. But, I must reiterate again, you cannot deny good music. Wolf pulled me into that EXO whirl pool, which sucked me in with the release of Growl that same year. When Overdose was announced, and the teasers were released, I was ready to buy that album (on iTunes), and then BAM! Kris says he wants out. Of course, I still bought the album regardless, but I also got over my shock at Kris’ decision rather quickly. What shocked me most was how short of a time Kris had spent with EXO before coming to this decision, and the response from the members, which ended up being completely the opposite for Luhan when he declared his desire to leave EXO as well later that year. Anyway, the point is that EXO’s line-up change came as no big surprise to me, and I will continue to support both sides.
Now, back to the controversial hint. I personally didn’t like that hint either. I understand that it is supposed to be signaling a new beginning for the remaining 10 members, but I had always questioned the necessity of showing 12 marbles, with TWO remaining in the maze. I absolutely do not believe that there is any other representation than the members of EXO for those marbles. If SM wanted to continue using the maze as a stepping stone for EXO’s comeback, I really think that showing only the 10 marbles outside of the maze would have sufficed. The extra two marbles is like a slap to the face for fans who want to support both Kris and Luhan, and EXO. It’s like SM is telling us fans, who want to support Kris and Luhan along with EXO, that we need to stop because there is some defect to the two for not being able to make it out of the maze, for whatever representation that maze is supposed to be. I just don’t understand what SM wants to accomplish by reopening a healed wound. Fans don’t need their eyes to be opened to reality TWICE. We know EXO will never be 12 again, so we don’t need SM to shove it in our faces, again, with that hint.
Obviously, I’m still going to support Kris and Luhan, and I will be listening to EXO’s new album when it comes out. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the idols under SM. But the company always makes me feel like it’s taunting fans, knowing that our love for our idols is too strong, and that regardless of what the company does, we’ll keep coming back for our idols. Thus, they still get the money, which is all that apparently matters to SM. This taunting image is what frustrates me the most. But then again, SM is a museum of stars, and museums make money by drawing the attention of people to come see beautiful displays, particularly displays that they claim are the rarest of rare to see.
On a side note, I made the mistake of reading the replies left on the tweet regarding EXO’s comeback first instead of watching the teaser first. So, when I watched the teaser, I laughed the entire way through because the replies were so fresh in my mind. Roughly, the MV shows someone sneaking pictures of Kai, and Kai is trying to escape their camera. I couldn’t help but think SM is keeping a close eye on Kai, and here he is trying to shake them off his tail while he’s escaping the “maze.”
I apologize if I offend anyone with my honest opinion, but know that my disappointment is aimed towards SM, not EXO. After all, I’m not a professional in the industry, just an upset fan. I know that SM gets the final say in everything regarding their groups’ comeback (teasers, songs, etc.), and I know Lee Soo Man is not the evil guy. But whoever is running SM right now needs to stop getting on the nerves of so many fans, more recently fans of f(x), but that’s another topic all in itself.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!