TF Boy’s Jackson Yee says he’s bowing out of his National Theatre spot. The 21-year-old star is smack in the middle of a very public outcry over his appointment into the state-run theatre together with two other young celebs.
Acceptance into a state-run organisation means financial security and benefits. Which is why securing a spot is said to be hard to come by with intense competition for those vying to get in. However with three celebrities included on the list of new recruits – Hu Xianxu and IXFORM member Luo Yizhou were also named, people are now angrily questioning whether these stars managed to get in through the backdoor or were given special treatment. At the very least, applicants must be unemployed to be considered eligible. How is it then that these young stars even qualified? That’s the question foremost in a lot of people’s minds.
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Despite the National Theatre’s own statement saying no one was given any special privileges, people still want answers. So finally, after sitting on the matter as it continued to brew, Jackson Yee issued a statement announcing his withdrawal.
“Since joining the industry, I’ve always hoped to have a positive impact on everyone. But this time, my actions have offended and dissatisfied everyone. It has also affected the National Theatre, something I never wanted to happen. In order not to trouble anyone anymore, after careful deliberation, I have decided to give up joining the National Theatre. “
Moreover, the idol also asserted that he went through the process just like any other applicant. “During the process, I never negotiated or discussed anything involving a “pre-reserved slot” with the teachers of the National Theatre nor did I go through any so-called “short-cuts” to get in” he said.
Likewise, Hu Xianxu also said on social media that he did everything fully by the books and that he never enjoyed or exercised any special privileges during the recruitment process. To lend credence to this, he even shared notices he received from the organisation such as emails, text messages, recordings from his online interview as well as train tickets (for face to face interviews), health declaration codes even just to prove he went through every step to secure a spot. Meanwhile, Luo Yizhou has not made any statement.