June 7, united front EXO Fans and various international fans collectively issued a statement addressing the recent decision Chen Boxian and Xiumin about them with SM Entertainment. This action was motivated by a perceived injustice by the trio within the agency.
In this statement, fans request the following:
Justice for CBX
“This statement represents the feelings of EXO’s international fanbase – not only for the group, but also for Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin’s fanbase. We came together to express the same goal; that is to support and protect EXO’s members. We Especially extending this support to EXO-CBX, who not only represent their contract, but the right to represent all SM Entertainment artists’ contracts.
Starting from June 1st, Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin proposed to terminate their exclusive contracts with SM on various unfair grounds, including but not limited to:
• Unable to provide a copy of billing data
• Conditions of contract for exploiting slaves
• Coercion under duress.
We urge SM Entertainment to provide billing data requested by the artist, they have a legal right to request such documentation. We urge SM to stop foul play through misleading statements in the media, which has led to unfair and divisive attacks on members. Finally, we urge SM Entertainment and its employees to fulfill the corporate social and ethical responsibilities necessary as an entertainment company on the global stage.
The members of CBX said that even if the exclusive contract with SM is terminated, they are looking for ways to faithfully continue activities with other EXO members. We firmly believe this is true. If CBX is unable to participate in group activities, we will place all the blame on SM Entertainment.
We ask all EXO-L and fans to unite and support EXO-CBX no matter what happens. Let us support them in getting the justice they deserve so their voices and truths can be heard. Again, this is not just for the members, but for all of the artists under SM Entertainment – for those who are afraid, for those who are afraid, and for those who muster the courage to address the injustice they face.
We will work together as a team and as a family Keep fighting for justice for CBX. We’ve shared countless moments with EXO and EXO-CBX, and while we’ve always relied on their support, we feel it’s our turn to support our members.
EXO and EXO-CBX We are one! ”
The statement was released in multiple languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Indonesian and Thai) to reach as many fans as possible.
Finally, EXO’s fanbase is asking fans to band together and help spread the word.