Tag Archives: Tiger JK

[NEWS] Media Constructs Falsified Story Against Tiger JK; JK Fights Back


On the morning of May 13th, Tiger JK was doing his regular twitter updates, including the ones below. Referring to the current practice of celebrities and media building gossip on the past lives of others, a practice common in international media, JK wrote the following: “If you’re interested in getting attention by selling your past, sell your  own past only. Don’t sell others wholesale. Don’t giggle and mess with others’ painful past. Are you regretting your wrong doings? Or are you together merrily pampering, praising each others for successfully distorting and hiding of the facts of the past?*”*[Korean literal translation= are you brushing off each others dirt in the bathtub?]

As the morning passed, the comment was like any of JK’s regular tweets. One reader cited it as JK’s routine monologues, “I found nothing wrong with JK’s message, because I don’t agree with people going on air or newspaper gossip pages talking nonsense about other people. Look at the so-called memoirs by people like Keith Richards, who built buzz for his book by writing about Mick Jagger’s equipment ‘tiny,” and hip-hop vixens building fame off celebs they were seen with.”

However, in the late afternoon, a “reporter” from the news outlet, Money Today, took JK’s tweets and wrote a falsified story claiming his comments were directly meant for actress, Park TamHee. The actress appeared on the KBS2 TV show “Happy Together,” the night before and mentioned she was once a lead vocal of Uptown. A photo of her and the group was shown, which then still included Yoon MiRae (the actual lead vocalist).

The article quickly spread to other media outlets, insinuating portrayals of JK as an “aggressive bully” and Park TamHee as the innocent victim. As a result, JK became one of the top searched names on Korea’s #1 search engine, Naver.com.

The “Evidence”

So how exactly did this reporter concoct this story? Media critics cite that the reporter may have made his implications from the following words included in JK’s tweets:

Clue 1.- JK’s tweets included the word, “탐익”(TAMIK= Korean word “indulging.” Sounds similar to the actress’ name)

Clue 2 – JK’s tweets included the word “together merrily ….,” similar to the show’s name)

Clue 3– JK’s tweets included the word “brushing off each other’s dirt….” The TV shows’ format includes the personalities sitting and talking inside a sauna room, where they are taking a break from washing and brushing off each others dirt.

In an exclusive comment to DrunkenCamp, JK reflected on the clues, “When I wrote my tweets, I wasn’t even thinking in that direction. When I saw the story, I was shocked. These guys were playing mindreader, assuming new meaning from my words.”

The Response

To no surprise, Antis filled the article’s comment box flying insults at JK. Seemingly having seen the virulent spread of the article, JK responded on his twitter to the reporter, “Hey, if you want to write a story, do it correctly. It wasn’t about Park Tam Hee. It was about the Happy Together PDs and writers [*not actually, see JK’s comments below]… Actually, it was aimed at people like you, hiding under the cloak of an intern reporter, printing out such trash. If you wish to print what I say, print what I just told you.”

Money Today later released a clarification with headlines, “Tiger JK did not diss Park TamHee. Tiger JK disses the Happy Together TV show.” The article further portrayed JK as an overreacting husband. However, reporters failed to see the actual message–JK was criticizing them.

“I mentioned Happy Together as a play on sensational headlines used by journalists,” JK reveals to us. “It wasn’t actually towards the show. The main point of the post was to criticize how some journalists will write such stories and then hide behind the claim that an intern writer wrote it. They do it to avoid responsibility.”

At the end of the day, JK wrote a message to the reporter who produced the story, “Hey Reporter! You’re not a speculator. Please check the facts before writing your news article. If you prefer guesswork, you can open a psychic office and get paid. Dear mind-reader armed with a magical pen, If you insist on continuing, paraphrase me on your news article simultaneously as I speak. Mr. Reporter! Let us two get famous together by making the best use of reporting to promote news that helps needy people.”

“I reacted the way I did because I’ve seen this happen before,” JK says to us. “Reporters will take something and spin it in a way to create gossip. This isn’t news to me. Some people will stay quiet and try to ride out something like this, but I couldn’t. I wanted to expose how the media does this.”

The next morning, the story seemed to die down in sensation, until JK posted about the Friday, the 13th superstition.

“Hi everyone. I’m an overprotective fool who loves his wife a lot. How was your Friday the 13th? I’m now a believer in Friday the 13th. Hehehe.”

The press again was quick to pick up JK’s post, now spinning it as “Controversial Remarks Lead to Tiger JK Becoming a Believer of Friday The 13th.” JK’s original tweets were also reprinted, focusing on his “criticisms” of Park TamHee and Happy Together. While JK was now portrayed as overly superstitious, JK’s press observations were still swept under the rug.

Seeing a trend in the media’s coverage of his tweets, JK used his spotlight to promote the lives of his fans, “I think the media has its benefits.  Since I’m in the spotlight right now, tell me what’s going on in your lives, and I will help let people know.”

Fans were treated to a moment of fame on his page as JK highlighted their ups and downs.

“I started a new towel design company!”
“Today is my cousin’s wedding!”
“We won our taekwondo match yesterday!”
“Seeing my wife smile so often has made me understand women better.”

JK was not shy to add his own current accomplishments:

“I’m a spokesperson for anti-child abuse.”
“I’m one of the founder’s of The Creator’s Project.”

Money Today responded again. However, rather than report about his tweets about his fans, the reporter selectively chose JK’s tweet to fit their taste. The reporter took the tweet about promoting his fans news, spun it as JK mocking the media, and proceeded to quote all of his tweets that attacked the media.

 An Ironic Twist

Word of the new article reached JK, who was shocked by its selective editing. In an effort to expose the media’s attempt to vilify him, he posted the link to the last article on his twitter, stating, “This is what they mean by promoting good things.”

His followers quickly caught on to the pattern as well. This time, his twitter worked in his favor.

“Thank God for Twitter,” he says to us. “Even though that’s where this started, it’s where I got my voice heard. People started understanding what I was saying.”

Within the next few hours, the comments on the Money Today website had a sudden twist. This time people were crying in favor of JK and criticized the media for trying to discredit him.


Despite the numerous articles that duplicated Money Today’s claims, the real message to the media in JK’s tweets to was very simple: Tell it like it is. Journalists and media personalities should not manipulate stories relying upon incorrectly selling of past lives, particularly if it rides on the pasts of others. Journalists should use facts and facts alone as the basis of their reports, rather than use speculative reporting.  Finally, be prepared to take responsibility for your writing.



[photos] “Where We’ve Been” – Following The Sunzoo Project Through NYC

During my regular browse through daily Drunken Tiger updates, I came across the latest photos on the official Sunzoo website that documented the group’s trip around the world. Being a native New Yorker, the NY photos struck up a slew of memories, and I could not let these photos go around the net without explaining where the group had been and the significance these places have in the Concrete Jungle. In an effort to better explain their trip, included in this post will be a few screen shots from Welcome To The Jungle, Episode 4.

Lodging: The Smyth (Tribeca)

Located on the intersection of West Broadway, Chambers St, and Hudson St, The Smyth is part of The Thompson Hotel chain, a highly rated group of hotels that are known for their trendy looking interior. Picture walking into a lobby filled with dimmed neon lights, lounge chairs, house music, and yes, a bustling bar connected to it. Sounds like a distraction to most people, but if you happen to stay in the upper suites like Sunzoo did, you find yourself far enough from the downstair distractions and possibly with a balcony overlooking one of NY’s busiest intersections. In the above photo, JK is commenting on how NY windows are strangely shaped.

The Smyth Interior

University Walk: NYU/Washington Square Park

Not entirely sure what prompted the crew to come here. Perhaps it’s because fellow Sunzoo member !llmind teaches at the university’s esteemed Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. However, Waverly Place [above] serves as one of the four central streets that connect the gigantic NYU “campus.” Although not a real campus in theory, the main NYU campus spans 229 acres of NYC’s East Village, with dorms spanning all the way down to the tip of Manhattan on Water St.  If the location above looks slightly familiar, it’s been used in a number of movies, including “I Am Legend,” where one of the left houses served as the home to Will Smith’s character, Dr Robert Neville.

Underneath “The Arch,” the symbol of NYU and site of all their university wide graduations.

Home to Culture and Retail: Spring St & Wooster 

Given its close proximity to the NYU campus (10-15 minute walk), it’s no surprise that some of Welcome To The Jungle was shot in West Soho as well. Spring St connects both a slew of independent shops and high end brands (in fact, on the corner of this street is the Chanel Store). It’s here where JK talked about how he dreams of making Tasha a worldwide star.

The Transportation Hub: Grand Central Station

Being it was Tasha’s first trip to NY and JK hadn’t been back in nearly 11 years, it’s only natural to do some “touristy” things while in the city. Grand Central Station connects 5 subway lines in addition to providing express trains to Long Island and Connecticut. As a result, the station is filled with multiple floors that become a huge maze. Underground is a franchise of Junior’s Cheesecake, the infamous shop that Diddy sent “The Band” to via foot… across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jhig & JK in Grand Central Station

A Real NY Experience: A Subway Ride

Anyone who has been to NY can tell you all about the subway lines. They smell like bathrooms, some lines run so slow you’d swear you aged another year just standing on the platform, and holy cow, $2.50 per ride? That burns a hole in your wallet. Despite its downfalls, real New Yorkers would opt to take the train over most forms of transport, often by default due to its 24-hour schedule, large span across all 5 boroughs, and its “cheap” form of transport. Rather than cab their way up from Tribeca, the crew took the train to Harlem to master The Sunzoo Project at Harlem’s StadiumRed Studios. I just wish I had pictures of the crazies that they might have ran into on the way.

Inside Stadium Red, artists like Usher and Jay-Z have recorded grammy winning songs.

Cool Down: Brooklyn Bowl

After a long day of shooting in Brooklyn, the crew chilled with Hot97 DJ and pop culture commentator, Miss Info, at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl.  The venue is a combination of a bowling alley and a music performance hall, spanning over 23,000 square ft.

There were a number of other photos from the trip, but I unfortunately cannot pinpoint where they were shot. I think its better that I just post them and hopefully they will speak for themselves. :]


[news] Quincy Jones hails Tiger JK and Yoon MiRae “Best of the Far East”

In a recent visit to Korea, legendary producer and songwriter, Quincy Jones, had a chance to meet with some of the country’s top artists including Tiger JK, Yoon MiRae, BoA, and some other YG artists.

At the press conference held at E&M Center in Seoul on April 8, the American music legend said, “Such Korean artists are amongst the best that I’ve met in the Far East countries, including China and Japan.”

Asked about the prospect of K-Pop artists abroad, he said the future is very bright, and the possibilities are high for them,  “I was very much impressed by their passion and apprehension of the essence of the music.”

He added he was usually very stingy with his praises to artists, but he had to be lavish at this time.

On April 4, after meeting Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae, QuincyDJones tweeted:

Tiger JK expressed his admiration for the music legend after his encounter:

translation crecits:
photo credits: Tiger JK’s twitter, screen shots DTBrasil


[video] Tiger JK & Tasha Eng interview with The Creators Project

During their visit to New York, Tasha and JK sat down with the Creator Projects to discuss how they got into music and how technology has changed their careers. Watch the interview on The Creator’s Project website.

About The Creator’s Project: The Creator’s Project network was created in an effort to promote different creative artists, culture, and technology. Modern technology has brought the world market closer together, and The Creator’s Project works to bring different artists closer to their international audience.



[edit] you have to sign up for TVN to watch the full episodes unfortunately. I’ll try to find a way around for you guys!

After PAINSTAKING searching and a bumping heads with the Google translator, I found a way to give you guys WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE EPISODE 3. For those who can’t speak Korean, remember, Welcome to the Jungle is being shown in the US WITH subtitles on MNET America every Monday night at 8PM. Please check their website for local listings.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

JUNGLE EP3 P2, posted with vodpod

and with that, I have to say–FINALLY!


[spoilers] Welcome To The Jungle Ep 3 & 4

WARNING: If you do not want to ruin the show for yourself, DO NOT read this and wait until the videos are uploaded online. The following includes SPOILERS.

Episode 3 [What Makes Tiger JK]

This episode featured the different aspects of JK and what are his most noticeable characteristics.

A Good Friend Who Can’t Dance: The episode starts with short testimonials from friends, including comedian Yoo Jae Suk, his personal hair dresser Yang Lee (who also owns a FANTASTIC salon in Hongdae and I personally recommend!), producer Jason Park, and his management team. In summary, they call JK a good friend, handsome, stylish… but he can’t dance, and well, according to his management, he’s frustrating to manage sometimes.

Jordan’s central role: JK claims he puts Jordan over himself. Tasha is the same, putting Jordan first, and then JK second. After Jordan’s birth, JK felt strong and now had two loves in his life: his wife and his child. Jordan repays the love by playing around his father’s feet and saying, “What is that smell? Ugh, it’s you, dad! Your feet are dirty!” Love you too, son.

JK kicks ass… literally: We’ve only seen JK’s Taekwondo moves a few times, primarily from the “Do You Know Hip-Hop” music video. JK holds a 3rd degree black belt and was a Taekwon Do teacher during his teen years and early 20s. His friends share stories of how well JK fights often, but Episode 3 and 4 shows his agility to the world. During a play fight with his manager, his manager tries to get a few hits off of him, but later is seen running behind an easel to hide from JK’s kicks.

His myelitis: Diagnosed in 2005, JK had a severe initial reaction to his myelitis medication, causing him to gain weight. He describes it as an extremely painful time where he could barely move. His pain and appearance took a toll on his sanity, and if it wasn’t for Tasha’s continuous support, he would’ve lost it. Tasha chokes up as she describes JK during this time: “He was in constant pain, but he pretended not to be for those around him. But after knowing someone for 10 years, you can see through that.”

His Relationship with Tasha: The show goes into the history of the couple’s relationship, stating that they had known each other for over 10 years, but started dating officially 7 years ago. They started off as really good friends, and during a time where Tasha felt like an outcast, JK was always a good oppa whom she found attractive. Handsome, spoke English well, made her laugh… but couldn’t dance.

The World’s Most Underappreciated Artist: John Legend calls Tasha a “real artist” who kills it on the mic. She was asked last minute to feature on his set during his 2009 concert in Korea. Producer !llmind (Eminem, Ll Cool J, Jay-Z) calls her “the most talented urban artist he’s ever seen,” citing she has pure passion when she’s on the mic, a trait of a “natural born star.”

Putting Herself On Hold: Being the Sunzoo project came up randomly during 2010, Tasha admits she was frustrated that she had to put her own album on hold for awhile. Her last album came out in 2007, but even more frustrating was her last hip-hop album came out in 2002. However, little by little, the project grew on her and she is happy she did it. Her solo album, which will focus on hip-hop, is now slated for debut sometime this year.

[Episode 4: Welcome To New York]

The episode starts with a crew laying down the initial verses of the “Get Down” track, leading them to the filming of the MV in New York City.

Introducing director Rik Cordero: Joining the Sunzoo fam is award winning director, Rik Cordero, a Filipino-American director based in NYC.  He’s done music videos for artists Jay-Z, Q-Tip, and members of the WuTang Clan. When he was first introduced to the “Get Down” track by !llmind, he immediately thought of it as a great collab and wanted to be a part of it.

“Why Didn’t You Bring the Shoes?!” When the crew arrives in New York, DJ Jhig brings a pair of Vlado Shoes for JK, but Stylez clowns on him for not bringing the pair he was bragging about in LA. “‘Check out these shoes I got for J! Check out these shoes I got for Jordan!'” he mocks, “and he didn’t bring them!”

Where Grammies are Born: In true New York fashion, the crew takes the A train from their West Village hotel up to Harlem’s StadiumRed Studio to put the final touches on “Get Down.” The studio houses tons of grammies and platinum records, including some from Jay-Z, Usher, and Justin Timberlake.

Like James Bond: In the last bits of the episode, we’re taken into Brooklyn, where the “Get Down” MV is shot. Inspired by Casino Royale, JK plays a sort of James Bond character and Tasha the seductive yet dangerous Bond lady. While wearing a slick, backless dress, she unfortunately has to record in a heater-less studio during the brutal New York winter. Luckily, filming goes smoothly… until JK breaks a glass of wine on set.

To Brazil? Post credits, JK and Tasha are seen leaving New York in a car. JK turns to Tasha and asks, “Do you want to go to Brazil next?” Tasha asks who he will see there. “Let’s just go,” he replies, “It’ll be fun.” Story to be continued.

Videos and episodes to come. Until next time….


[preview] Welcome To The Jungle Ep. 3 & 4

Leaked by TVN producers. These episodes will highlight Sunzoo’s trip to NYC and filming of the “Get Down” single with acclaimed hip-hop MV director, Rik Cordero.

Catch the next episode on TVN, February 22nd, 10PM (Korea time).

P.S. Today (February 21st) is JK and Tasha’s 3 year anniversary. Congrats!

-Miss DrunkenCamp

JK’s got style (but some journalists need some of his mojo)

On November 10th, 2009, JK won the award for Best Dressed Male Singer at Korea’s Style Icon Awards. JK’s sported some unique things this year, from multicolored vests to fur hats, but I don’t think any other performer could pull it off as well.

So why do I mention journalists today?

Well, this news came to me from an article from a Korean news source (who I will not name for their sake), and for a report that talked about JK looking great, the editor who did the layout chose a photo that just didn’t convey that as well.

What are some examples of JK with style? Here’s what I would’ve chosen.

(this is the lifesize poster that’s in front of my bus stop 🙂 )