It only took THREE FUCKING YEARS, but salty Korean netizens are finally starting to admit that they might have been wrong about T-ara‘s now legendary ‘bullying’ scandal.

Over the past week, several Pann posts have popped up refuting all the doctored bullying ‘evidence’ that was used to wrongly incriminate T-ara back in 2012 when filler girl group member-turned-c-list actress Hwayoung was fired from group.

The posts reveal how everything was twisted and taken out of context (like the iconic rice cake incident, or the infamous broken umbrella), and shows that T-ara was the victim of a public witch hunt. There’s also various statements and social media posts from people who supported T-ara but were ignored by the media because it didn’t suit the anti-T-ara story that was racking up millions of clicks and page views for shitty media outlets at the time. There’s even some dirt on that vindictive nutcase Hwayoung that explains how she skipped out on rehearsal for the group’s Japanese Budokan concert to hit the nail salon, as well as claims that she became a diva after T-ara made the big time.

(You can click here and here for the Pann posts.)

Of course, T-ara fans have known all this for years, and these proof posts have circulated on Korean forums before, but it’s only now that people are actually starting to take notice of them.

Various netizens comments include, “So glad that people are slowly starting to realize that Hwayoung was not bullied ㅠㅠㅠ,” “Funny how T-ara has been getting hate over things that aren’t even concrete for years now but male idols who are real criminals get to promote just fine,” and “Once someone believes that something is right, they close their eyes and ears and only hear what they think supports their belief. ㅋㅋ The only truth is that the T-ara members whined about determination on Twitter because Hwayoung claimed to be sick but went to get her nails done. Netizens think they’re gods, it doesn’t matter if the truth is ever revealed because they won’t care.

This is just Pann though, which is mainly comprised of K-pop fans. The public sentiment towards T-ara is still bad if you look at comments on top news portals, but at least the tide is turning somewhere.

Not that it really matters any more. My fellow QUEEN’S and I accepted long ago that T-ara’s never getting back to the top tier in Korea and that their original destiny to become Asia’s biggest girl group after Girls’ Generation will never happen because of Hwayoung and Knetz. Luckily we’re happy knowing that T-ara slays everywhere outside of Korea, having milked the hallyu wave in Japan dry before setting up shop in China just as the new hallyu wave started taking off.

T-ara is the hydra of K-pop. You cut one head off, two grow back. You exile them from Korea, so instead they get mobbed in Vietnam and break records in China.

That’s why T-ara’s the best, whether Knetz see it or not. Determination-dols FTW!

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