What caused SuJu’s car accident?Posted: April 19, 2007
Kang Nam Police department stated the cause of the accident as the ruptured tire, but industry insiders say otherwise. Busy schedules and road manager’s poor conditions are responsible for common car accidents among Korea’s most wanted stars. Due to poor record sales and pop-star’s short lifespan, the management companies accept all kinds of promotional events, regardless of the location and current scheduled events, to boost the popularity of the short-lived stars. As a result, many stars end up travelling all over Korea while working around the clock.
Just looking at Super Junior’s schedule a day prior to the accident makes me wonder whether it is even physically possible to be at all those places in one day. These boys were not only scheduled to show up at various places in Seoul, but also in different provinces in Korea.
06:20: Photo shoot at Studio A at Shinsa, Kangnam
07:40: MBC Studio to film “Sunday Sunday Night” at Yeouido
08:40: SBS Studio to film “Real Situations Saturday” at Ill-San
10:30: Ae-Kyung Department Store fan sign meeting at Soo-Won
11:50: Festival at Soo-Won University
13:00: Photo shoot at Stuido A at Shinsa, Kangnam
14:00: KBS Studio to film “Show Music Bank” at Yeouido
16:00: LG Department Store fan sign meeting at Buchun
18:00: Showcase at Coex Mall at Samsung, Kangnam
22:00: Yoo Sung Night club performance at Dae Jun
01:00: KBS radio show
03:00: Music Video filming at Bulam Shan
05:00: Return Home
In addition to their killer schedules, the drivers aka road manager’s poor condition increases the likelihood of celeb car accidents. It’s an open secret that road managers speed to deliver celebs to the next destination, but what’s not obvious is their poor condition while driving. Road managers are lowest in the manager food chain – they get paid less than $500 a month but they do all the grunt work for the stars. They drive, run errands, carry clothes, buy food and handle other miscellaneous tasks to make sure that stars are taken care of. Since road managers spend all their energy and time on taking care of the stars, they go without sleep and a proper meal for long periods of time – in extreme cases road managers suffer for three days straight.
As you can see killer schedules and tired drivers are the real causes of Super Junior’s car accident. But it’s time for the management companies to stop using low music sales and short star life-span as excuses for accepting excessive amounts of promotional events. The internet didn’t change the music industry yesterday so it’s the management companies’ duty to develop a better strategy to at least allow celebs to promote comfortably and to pay road managers minimum wages. Who or how are you going to promote if your stars and managers are in the hospital struggling with his life?
*Other Korean celebs involved in car accidents
2000: Clon member Kang Won Rae
2004: Wanted member Suh Jae Ho
2006: Comedian Kim Hyung Eun
Rest in peace Suh Jae Ho & Kim Hyung Eun