Raise minimum age for debuting

  • Now that I know more about Kpop, I think there should be more rules and regulations when it comes to young people debuting.

    Some companies and fans are very shady and there needs to be more protection in place.


    So, perhaps 16 as the minimum age for debuting and only a limited amount of hours work each day until 18.


    What are your thoughts?

  • with the way korean society is, just let them do whatever


    e/ I think they should have to train for a certain amount of time tho, to be as prepared as they can be


    not just getting to a company and debuting after 6 months

  • Yes, I think it should be raised to at least 18, that way they are a proper adult and finished with school. At the moment they are debuting "children" and it's a bit disturbing.

  • They should be at least in last class of high school when debuting. Yet we have kids who are just in middle school yikes

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  • That's literally in place already. Besides in Korea legal age is Korean 20. So where the hell does the 18 come from?


    I swear people think they're ready for this conv without getting the basics right.

    Why do you get so annoyed about this?

    Pretty clear I was talking about international age as we're on an international forum.


    But if you want to raise it to 20 international age, that's fine with me too.

  • They should be at least in last class of high school when debuting. Yet we have kids who are just in middle school yikes

    Exactly. It just isn't good. We've seen over the years now what happens in the Kpop industry, so best to have more protection in place.

  • Why do you get so annoyed about this?

    Pretty clear I was talking about international age as we're on an international forum.


    But if you want to raise it to 20 international age, that's fine with me too.

    Actually 20 is with lunar age system which is gonna be removed in 2 months. International age is 19 years old to become adult in Korea.

  • If you do this, you'd also need a SERIOUS overhaul or regulation on the trainee system that ensures trainees who are yet to debut, or yet to guarantee to debut, to properly attend school and possibly even disallow the dorm system.

    Blackpink for one has made it pretty clear how brutal and exhausting being a trainee, even underage, was and they were the successful ones of their cohort. The ones that actually got somewhere out of it (and Miyeon). Theres more that went through part or all the trainee system for what?



    BUT kpop fans would have to also understand that in doing this, there will be a possible dip in quality of debuting idols if they cant be labor camped as trainees until polished to perfection.

  • If you do this, you'd also need a SERIOUS overhaul or regulation on the trainee system that ensures trainees who are yet to debut, or yet to guarantee to debut, to properly attend school and possibly even disallow the dorm system.

    Blackpink for one has made it pretty clear how brutal and exhausting being a trainee, even underage, was and they were the successful ones of their cohort. The ones that actually got somewhere out of it (and Miyeon). Theres more that went through part or all the trainee system for what?



    BUT kpop fans would have to also understand that in doing this, there will be a possible dip in quality of debuting idols if they cant be labor camped as trainees until polished to perfection.

    Yes, you make good points. It's a good thing as well to take a look at that.

    I can understand someone having a dance class on the weekend when they're young to prepare, but not already be completely focused only on debuting, which might not even happen (or just in a group that never gets even a little success).


    If that means idols are slightly less good at synchronizing etc, so be it.

  • There is no reason why the debut age can’t be the legal adult age. Absolutely no reason whatsoever. Only to please creepy fans would any company ever need to debut underage idols.


    The legal adult age is different for everything. In my state, you have to be 21 to drink or own a gun, 18 to vote or work in porn (have to move to Cali or NH technically), and 16 to drive a car, and 14-16 to consent to sex. Kids are also allowed to work in the entertainment industry at any age with stringent restrictions and requirements.

  • I think this regulation also should be connected on how many groups that a company can produce at 1 contract time (aka 6-7 years).


    because seems like the industry making companies keep pumping out bunch of groups.

    Like JYP had 2 active 4th gen gg + 1 bg, SM gonna debut 2 new groups (if I remember it correctly) while still having aespa running. Cube that will debuting a new one even tho they had lightsum, and a bunch of other small companies with questionable management for their groups.


    simply if you can't afford it, then you are not allowed to produce a new group.


    because if the needs to debut more groups is decreased, then the needs of trainees would be decreased too. Which then reduce the chance of underaged kids to joining in.

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