I woke up to “YG Stop Sabotaging Lisa” trending on Twitter today. The alleged mismanagement of the Blackpink superstar from Thailand has been a topic of controversy for quite a while. Fans are officially tired of it.
Back in 2010, Lisa auditioned for YG Entertainment in Thailand at the age of 13. Out of 4,000 others, she was the only one chosen by the South Korean entertainment company. Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG, officially offered young Lisa a position as a trainee.
At 14, Lisa packed her bags and moved to Korea to become YG’s first non-ethnically Korean artist to join the company. Her training lasted 5 years before she officially made her debut as a member of Blackpink in 2016.
On February 2, 2021, #RespectLisa trended all over the internet after anti-fans racially abused Lisa. These comments mainly came from group chats in China and Turkey. They were based on her appearance and the fact that she is from Thailand…which is just plain ignorant. I lived in Thailand. It is a beautiful country and the people are lovely and attractive.
Leaked messages from the group chats called her ugly because she has dark skin, they said she looks like a man and even called her a “ladyboy” which is what Transgender people are labeled as in Thailand.
Real BLINKs came to her rescue with the hashtag, #RespectLisa.
The Korean pop industry is no stranger to scandal and controversy. Everything from sex slavery, prostitution, drug rings, assault, rape, and a string of suicides. Some really disturbing stuff. For some specific examples, watch this video:
YG is now being accused of sabotaging Lisa’s career in a variety of ways. They are making it look like simple mismanagement, but there seems to be a lot more to it.
#YGStopSabotagingLisa started trending on Twitter this morning. BLINKs are DONE with YG. Here are some examples.
Intentionally sabotaging her style. It is well-known that YG and other entertainment companies control everything their artists say, do, and wear.
Intentionally sabotaging her relationships with brands she is affiliated with.
Intentionally not providing security for her while other members are surrounded by bodyguards.
Intentionally leaving her out of Blackpink promotional materials.
In my opinion, it is clear that something fishy is going on with YG. In fact, it couldn’t be more obvious. If you are a Blackpink and Lisa fan, show her some love. #ygstopsabotaginglisa.
Lisa’s first solo album will be released soon and YG has not promoted it at all. Here’s her first single, Say So.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and show your support for Lisa!
Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out Le Café Music. My name is Ryan Dawley and I am the “author.”
I’ll tell you, Snoop.
I am a 36-year-old kid from Erie, PA. I graduated from Gannon University with a BA in Theatre and Communication Arts way back in 2007, and I have been performing professionally ever since.
My first gig was a touring children’s musical in Pittsburgh called I Love Gas. Yes, you read that right. I was the swing for the 3 male roles in the educational musical about natural gas safety. I got paid $100 a show to make 3 fart noises with my mouth in a microphone backstage.
After that, I moved to New York in and immediately had my bank information stolen, along with all of the money in my account (Welcome to New York), so I started selling comedy tickets in Times Square for the New York Comedy Club. Yeah…I was one of those “Hey, do you like comedy?” guys everyone hates.
Needless to say, I didn’t make a whole lot of money.
Within a couple of months, I got my first gig and was off to a crappy little town in Indiana to do Pirates of Penzance and Cats in a barn at an Amish resort for $100 a week. It could only go uphill from there.
I went on to perform in shows in Nashville and the DC area for a couple of years before moving back to New York to work a “survival” job as a barista at Starbucks on 54th and Broadway for $10 an hour. With rent in Harlem at around $900 a month for a bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment…my bank account was suffering again. Seems to be a theme in New York.
While sitting in my apartment and submitting for every musical theatre gig possible, I came across an interesting one. “Resident Actor in South Korea.” I though “Huh…that would be different.” Not anticipating a response, I submitted my audition materials.
10 minutes later, I got an email from Cameron at Gyeonggi English Village in Paju, South Korea, asking to do a Skype interview/audition. It went well, and I was put on the waiting list for the next available job. 10 minutes later, I got the life-changing email from Cam saying the job is mine and to start the visa process.
I waited 3 months to get my visa, then I was off to South Korea. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t speak Korean. I was terrified.
It was the best thing to ever happen to me. I loved my colleagues. I loved everything about Korea…the food, the culture, the women. I was home. I performed in several lead roles in original ESL musicals for young Korean kids, and I even wrote the script for one of them.
After 1 year in Paju, I headed back to New York for a 3rd time. That didn’t last long. I missed Asia too much.
My buddy, Sam was living in Hong Kong at the time…so I booked a flight, packed my suitcases again and moved to Hong Kong to teach Drama classes to Kindergarteners. Hong Kong is now a second home to me. I have some incredible, life-long friends there and the city is just incredible.
After 6 months of teaching, I was offered gig at a LATT Children’s Theatre in Seoul, South Korea to perform in bi-lingual children’s musicals. Time to go back to the land of kimchi. I spent another full year in Seoul where I got to tour around the entire country and make cute little Korean kids laugh every day. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Next stop: Hong Kong, round 2. Teaching Secondary Drama and Language Arts at Lam Tai Fai College for another incredible year. Along with teaching, I started branching out into performing as well. I joined the Hong Kong Singers, where I was on the Board of Directors and performed lead roles in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Assassins.
I did some voiceover work for a popular toy company and joined a band, Jack Rabbit Slim. We’d play for free drinks at a great little bar called The Wanch once a month. I don’t remember most of those nights. One of those gigs changed my career direction completely. Joe, a guitarist and band leader working with El-Live Productions saw videos of me singing with JRS and sent them to G, the CEO. 2 days later, I was offered a job as a lead singer in party bands in 5-Star Hotels all over Asia. Perfect timing, as my teaching contract was expiring in a few weeks.
For the next 2 years, I worked with El-Live, performing in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the Grand Hyatt Seoul (Korea again!), Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia,) Grand Hyatt Singapore (where I met my wifey,) and the Grand Hyatt Beijing.
After 2 great years with El-Live, I accepted a 6 month contract to sing with Randy the Funky Pilgrim on the Carnival Freedom. One contract was enough, as I found out I get seasick way too easily.
After the cruise, I freelanced as a vocalist in Dubai (Rock Bottom Tecom,) Jakarta, Indonesia (Shangri-La Jakarta,) the Maldives (Four Seasons Resort,) Abu Dhabi (Rock Bottom Abu Dhabi,) and Shenyang, China (Dr. Mia night club.) I had a crazy 5 years of traveling the world, drinking way too much, and singing. Life was incredible.
After Shenyang, it was time to marry the woman of my dreams with 2 weddings in Erie and Singapore, and a trip to Rome. You can check that out here if you’d like:
After the wedding(s), the plan was to take a job in Phuket, Thailand and save money before moving to France to be with her. I took a job as the Senior Entertainment Specialist and lead singer of the in-house band at Blue Tree Phuket.
While there, I started my own entertainment company, Coverseas Productions. We link international bands with 5-Star Hotels and private events all over the world. Unfortunately, for both of these jobs…COVID-19 came along. I was stranded in Phuket for 3 months. Just me, my pup Mickey who I rescued in Thailand, and my buddy Paul, who was stuck there as well. When the land boarders opened up, we hitched a 16 hour ride to Bangkok where Mickey and I finally flew home.
That leads me to present day: Stuck in Erie, PA while my wife is still in France and we likely won’t see each other any time soon.
Since I’ve been home, I started working as an A&R at Estabrook Road Records where I recruit unsigned artists for the label and for artist development (www.estabrookroad.com) I am also working as a mentor with Musician Guidance at http://www.musicianguidance.com alongside some insanely talented people in the music industry.
That’s it. That’s me. I hope that didn’t bore you! I’ll start writing about music tomorrow, I promise.
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