Former Trainee Confesses About Sponsorship Offers

The April 19 episode of MBC’s “PD Notebook” focuses on the dark side of the costs of being idol singers and trainees.

A former trainee reveals her experiences receiving sponsorship offers (receiving monetary aid and favors in exchange for sexual relations). She says, “When I was attending a vocal academy, my teacher asked, ‘What kind of singer do you want to be?’ I answered, ‘I want to be an idol,’ my teacher replied, ‘Can you [have a] sponsor?’ When I said no, my teacher said, ‘Then quit.'”

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The former trainee reveals another instance and confesses, “We were training, me and other female trainees. Then some people we had never seen before walked in and out [of the room]. They were men.

“We thought they were there to see the department head or the CEO. But they were there to pick amongst the trainees in person.

“They said if I meet them twice a month they would give me 5 million won (approximately $4400). I’m really conservative but I was a little tempted for a moment when I heard that.”

“PD Notebook” also shared the case of a male trainee who had received sponsorship offers as well.

What are your thoughts on these sponsorship offers?

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