I don’t want Yookyung back. I didn’t want to say this, but since Yookyung’s father urged the ‘fans’ to help, this matter has been eating me away. Every time I think it over in hopes I’ll change my mind, I only solidify my belief that there is not a single redeeming quality that she could offer to the group.
Firstly, she’s ugly, or at least ‘ugly’ by kpop-standards (Namjoo is also considered below-average, but she can sing AND she has a personality fit for variety.) Normally I wouldn’t really care about looks, except APink is a group that builds itself a lot around IMAGE. They’re supposed to be the “fairy-idols,” the “pretty girls.” Yookyung is already referred to as the ugly one in APink, and if she stays in the group till they solidify themselves and become successful, I guarantee you nasty rumors about her appearance would only increase. In that sense, her leaving the group would lift APink’s dead weight and Yookyung wouldn’t need to tolerate such bullying. It’s a win-win situation.
Secondly, she can’t sing, or at least sing well enough to be considered useful. Yes, she’s the 5th best vocal, but she’s only barely average. Eunji’s a bomb, Bomi and Namjoo are great leads and Chorong is well rounded over-all - they don’t need Yookyung’s help in keeping a tune. Naeun is worse than Yookyung, but she has her job to bring in fans as a visual and an actress, which definitely makes her useful to the group. As for Hayoung, although imho she can barely hold a note to save her life, she has the looks, wit, and popularity with uncle fans Yookyung will never, which again, makes her useful.
Thirdly, I have a problem with Yookyung’s personality. You see, this is how I see APink’s dynamics: Chorong/Eunji/Bomi derp squad + Namjoo/Hayoung maknae line + Shy Naeun who gets along with both sides of the spectrum. And from this you’d THINK Yookyungs’ quiet persona would do as well as Naeuns’, and yet in all variety I feel she’s that extra member who blends into the background. Yookyung isn’t funny like Bomi, or outgoing like Eunji, or childishly-evil like Chorong, or energetic like Namjoo, or smart like Hayoung, or adorably-shy like Naeun. Yookyung is rational and silent, and even though the rest of the girls seem to like her, I can never see her more than “Naeun’s sidekick.”
Concluding, I just don’t want Yookyung back because aside from her semi-fluent English skills, she has nothing to offer the group. I always saw her as an extra and her leaving made me a little calmer about APink’s uncertain future. I only hope that when all is settled and A Cube adds a new member, they will add someone more useful. And as for her rich father, although I am strongly disappointed in the uncivil manner with which the company kicked her out, I feel he isn’t reading the situation right. He asks the help of the fans to put Yookyung back into the group, but can you imagine how awkward it will be? Better sue the company and send your daughter on some expensive study-abroad program, rather than shove her back into the idol-world where no one really wants her…
s!b: I call myself a devoted Pink Panda, and I really am - I write posts to defend the girls, I write fanfic, I follow them daily, I love their music, personalities, etc. People on tumblr generally know me as the go-to Pink Panda for information, and they naturally expect me to rage and put up the red flag over Yookyung’s departure.