The production company of the upcoming BL (Boy Love) webdrama A Shoulder to Cry On, starring OMEGA X‘s Jaehan and Yechan, has released a statement.
After The 2022 OMEGA X WORLD TOUR [CONNECT: Don’t give up] concluded in Los Angeles, the appalling abuse that OMEGA X members had been facing at the hands of Spire Entertainment‘s CEO, Kang Seong Hee, was exposed to the world. The members had been suffering verbal and physical abuse, and a clip at a hotel overseas was also revealed by SBS News.
This provoked more to speak out about previous instances in which they witnessed CEO Kang mistreating both OMEGA X and staff. Recently, a netizen reported that they witnessed the CEO allegedly making rude comments to actresses on the set of the drama that OMEGA X’s Jaehan and Yechan starred.
Following the success of Semantic Error, the adaptation of Dongmul‘s webtoon Comfort The Boy (also known as Shoulder To Cry On) is the next anticipated BL drama. In May, it was announced that OMEGA X members Jaehan and Yechan would star as the leads, Lee Da Yeo and Jo Tae Hyun, respectively.
Da Yeol hears two guys fooling around in the nurse’s office and accidentally knocks over the curtain rod. When the nurse walks in on the scene, devilishly handsome Tae Hyun tells her that Da Yeol tried to make out with him. Before Da Yeol can correct the misunderstanding, the rumor spreads and his archery scholarship is in jeopardy. To make matters worse, Tae Hyun doesn’t show the slightest bit of remorse; in fact, he shamelessly begins hanging around Da Yeol. It’s not long before the two begin walking the thin line between hate and love.
— Yaoi Wiki Fandom
As members Jaehan and Yechan were the stars of the drama A Shoulder to Cry On, they had to work with other actors and actresses. According to a fan, the CEO had rudely warned the actresses not to flirt with the boys.
In June, during Jaehan and Yechan’s filming for A Shoulder To Cry On, their CEO suddenly said to the female actresses, ‘don’t act foxy,’ ‘don’t flirt‘ and messed up the vibes on set. The members were at a loss for what to do, and seeing how they could not say a word, my heart hurt. I think that this needs to go public.
Now, the production company behind the webdrama, Picturesque, released a statement, updating on its status via social media.
Hello, This is the production company of the webdrama ‘A Shoulder to Cry On!’
Some are concerned about whether the recent Omega X incident will affect the programming, so as the production company of ‘A Shoulder to Cry On!’, we would like to make an official statement.
A Shoulder to Cry On was originally said to be available on OTT platforms (Over The Top) in September then it was changed to October. The production company said it was meant to be aired in November, but it is postponed again due to the recent issue surrounding Spire Entertainment.
‘A Shoulder to Cry On!’, starring Kim Jae-Han and Shin Ye-Chan was scheduled to be aired around November 2022, and we were in the process of confirming OTT and other platforms, both domestically and overseas. Is it true that a recent incident has caused an issue regarding the planned programming schedule.
Actor Kim Dongwon who is playing ( Minjung) on Shoulder To Cry On in his Instagram posted that the kdrama will be released in October on OTT platform #AShoulderToCryOn #소년을위로해줘 #OMEGA_X #오메가엑스 #JAEHAN #YECHAN pic.twitter.com/MFPA5CNlSl
— Omega X World Wide #PROTECTOMEGAX (@OmegaXworldwide) September 9, 2022
Still, there are plans to air A Shoulder to Cry On in the future once the issues are resolved.
We hope that the relationship between the two actors, Jae-Han and Ye-Chan, who led ‘A Shoulder to Cry On’, and their group, Omega X, will be resolved smoothly. We also hope that there will be no further problems regarding the ‘A Shoulder to Cry On!’ programming schedule related to the issue.
The production company added that both Jaehan and Yechan were dedicated actors while filming the webdrama. Despite busy schedules, they maintained a positive attitude and great work ethic.
Jae-han and Ye-chan, who were both interested in acting, took a serious approach and had a passionate attitude toward this adaptation. This could be seen in the way they constantly communicated with the director and production team with character analysis and opinions based on what they learned studying all night since the first meeting. In addition, even in the midst of their challenging schedule, they were always bright and energetic and generously poured their energy into the project.
Picturesque also expressed their dismay over the mistreatment that Jaehan and Yechan, along with the rest of their members, have faced. They emphasized their support for OMEGA X.
We, the production team, wish to express great regret and sympathy for the recent situation, and we sincerely support and wish for improvements in the treatment of two actors, Jae-Han and Ye-Chan, as well as the Omega X members.
Lastly, Picturesque emphasized that they will do all in their power to ensure release of A Shoulder to Cry On to all audiences.
Furthermore, we will do our best to discuss the issue with domestic and overseas platforms so that ‘A Shoulder to Cry On!’, which has been created with passion and sincerity by many actors and staff, including Jae-Han and Ye-Chan, will continue to move forward without stopping.
Read the full statement below.