2PM’s criticism of Jae-beom triggers backlash

Fans of 2PM have vented indignation toward the top boy band after the members expressed hatred toward their former leader Jae-beom.

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2PM is a South Korean boy band, originally a seven-member group, but currently consisting of six members due to sudden withdrawal of leader Jaebeom following an Internet controversy in September 2009. They are managed by JYP Entertainment. The current members are Junsu, Junho, Nichkhun, Taecyeon, Wooyoung and Chansung.

Junsu (준수)

* Full Name: Kim Junsu (김준수)
* Date of Birth: January 15, 1988 (1988-01-15) (age 22)
* Position: Lead vocalist

Born in Daegu, South Korea, he originally auditioned for YG Entertainment, where he befriended G-Dragon and Tae Yang of Big Bang. He was accepted into both YG & JYP Entertainment, but chose to take the path of JYP in his final decision.
Nichkhun (닉쿤)

* Full Name: Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล)
* Date of Birth: June 24, 1988 (1988-06-24) (age 21)
* Position: Vocalist

An American citizen of Thai and Chinese descent, he was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He spent his childhood in Thailand and in California and studied abroad in New Zealand. He returned to the States for high school at Los Osos High and was scouted by a JYP talent agent in Hollywood, California while he was attending the Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles.[3] Nichkhun has been confirmed to star in 2010 film “The Shining Diploma”.[32]
Taecyeon (택연)

* Full Name: Ok Taecyeon (옥택연)
* Date of Birth: December 27, 1988 (1988-12-27) (age 21)
* Position: Main rapper, vocalist

He was born in Seoul, South Korea but migrated to Bedford, Massachusetts for approximately seven years.[33] He originally auditioned for JYP Entertainment in New York City to become a model. Taec was also on the same audition show as Junho and Chansung, Superstar Survival, but was the first contestant to leave the show. He featured in “Yes I’m In Love” by Bada on her 4th album and Baek Ji Young’s 2009 song “내 귀에 캔디” (My Ear’s Candy). He currently hosts SBS’s music show Inkigayo with Wooyoung, and will be a permanent cast member on the upcoming second season of the SBS celebrity variety show, Family Outing.
Wooyoung (우영)

* Full Name: Jang Wooyoung (장우영)
* Date of Birth: April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30) (age 20)
* Position: Main vocalist

He is from Busan, Korea and was selected as a JYP trainee through MGoon’s JYP auditions, of which he won first place against 1,000 other candidates. Before debuting in 2PM, Wooyoung filled in as a dancer partner with Wonder Girl Yoobin when TOP from Big Bang fainted the day before the special performance with the Wonder Girls during the 2007 MBC Music Awards. Wooyoung currently hosts SBS’s music show Inkigayo with Taecyeon.[34]
Junho (준호)

* Full Name: Lee Junho (이준호)
* Date of Birth: January 25, 1990 (1990-01-25) (age 20)
* Position: Main vocalist

He earned a contract with JYP Entertainment after winning a contest in JYP’s Superstar Survival in 2006.
Chansung (찬성)

* Full Name: Hwang Chansung (황찬성)
* Date of Birth: February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11) (age 19)
* Position: Vocalist, rapper

Chansung acted in the Korean sitcom “Unstoppable High Kick” prior to his debut with 2PM. Chansung participated in the same survival game as Junho but lost. He auditioned a second time and was accepted into the company.
Jaebeom (재범)

* Full Name: Park Jaebeom (박재범)
* English Name: Jay Park
* Date of Birth: April 25, 1987 (1987-04-25) (age 22)
* Position: Leader, main vocalist, rapper

Jaebeom was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Originally entering JYP Entertainment as a rapper and b-boy, he trained for four years to improve his singing and Korean. It was initially his mother who led him to apply as he wished to not attend college, and Jin-Young Park (JYP) himself watched his audition and brought him to Korea. He collaborated with Yeeun of Wonder Girls for “正” (“Jeong”) on the Han Sung Byul Gok OST. Due to a controversial case over his MySpace page, he left the group on September 8, 2009.