Kpop fans are surely the backbones of idols’ lives, so most sorts of support are immensely appreciated by Kpop stars. But still, there are times when the methods of support just go way out of hand thanks to some “bad apples” who never learn their limits.
Let’s dust off some of the most annoying, and also disturbing incidents caused by Kpop fans that embarrassed the hell out of their idols.
1. ARMY and the illogical harassment
Since forever, fanwar has been an indispensable part of the Kpop community. When all the disputes happen, ARMY is no longer an unfamiliar face due to their large number, which means more aggressive fans.
Well, it’s no surprise at this point that ARMYs come after EXO due to the ongoing quarrel between the two fandoms, but even one of the most respectable groups in the Korean music industry – Epik High was once ARMYs’ target as well.
In June 2016, the leader of Epik High – Tablo posted a photo with the small word “Run” on it, and his caption said that the song would be performed at their upcoming concerts.
Fans congratulated on their tour, people said they were looking forward to it – basically, everything was fine, until many ARMYs flipped out and flooded in the reply section to curse Tablo.
And why’s that?
They accused Epik High of “stealing” one of BTS’s famous songs – Run, simply because the two songs have the same name.
What made this even more absurd is that Epik High’s song was released in 2010, which means it was 10-year old by then, while BTS’s Run was released in 2015, but ARMYs didn’t even bother to check the information.
The situation got so out of control that Tablo himself gotta comment, settle things down, and ask for peace.
That ain’t the first time some ARMYs’ ugly behaviors got called out by other idols themselves. Earlier in the same year, SHINee’s Key also criticized some rude BTS’s fans on his Instagram.
It seemed like they had added his personal Kakaotalk account into a hate group chat as revenge after BTS’s Young Forever album was suspected to copy SHINee’s old concept.
In his post, Key was enraged: “You can’t call yourself a fan you poor people it was 6 am. Recently I have been suffering from insane messages and calls. This is incredibly insulting and I can’t stand it. Everyone who spams my phone with 600 messages, stop.”
Obviously, some ARMYs’ action, in this case, is not only disrespectful but also violating Key’s privacy.
You may say that protecting your idols is a good thing to do, but it’s definitely not fun when Kpop fans start directly dragging other idols into the mess.
2. ARMY and the ticketing shenanigans
Harassing other idols aside, a group of ARMYs also did something very inconsiderate to both APINK and their fans. In 2017, APINK’s concert Pink Space was officially sold out of tickets after only 3 minutes!
This has never happened to the girls before so Pandas from all over the world were so thrilled and happy.
However later, they soon discovered that more than 2000 tickets were returned, which is kind of a humiliating scenario for any celebrities out there.
Given that the Philippines has a history of dealing with the terrorism issue, this was considered an extremely grave matter and no one was ready to take this lightheartedly.
That post quickly circulated on social media as VIPs and even normal citizens of Manila were panicked and shared it to warn others.
As the lives of many people, including the artists were being put in serious danger, the organizers of Big Bang concerts took extra measures to track down the person behind the threat.
In the end, there was no bomb, thankfully. And that one EXO-L had to apologize for her insensitive behavior, claiming that it was just some foolish joke that had gotten way too far.
But dumb joke or not, threatening the lives of many others is never a fun thing to do, and Kpop fans should understand the limit before their actions can’t be undone.
4. Bana and the obsessive jealousy
Veteran Kpop fans can never forget the awful mess between B1A4’s fandom – Bana and the girl group Dal Shabet.
All the blood feuds started from the collab stage of B1A4 and Dal Shabet at the 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun.
What was the problem then?
There were a lot of sexy dance moves, and there were a lot of touchings between the boys and the girls.
Yikes… As anyone could expect, fangirls of B1A4 got furiously jealous and started calling Dal Shabet’s members with horrible names like “B!tch” and “Hoe” and many more.
One member, Serri, was even faced with a petition signed by more than 10000 Banas on Naver, asking her to go die.
Things did not stop there. The real mess kicked off when some Banas claimed to be kidnapped, assaulted, and even r*ped by Dal Shabet’s fanboys during the event Idol Star Athletics Championships.
You heard it right! Dal Shabet fans – Darlings were accused of despicable crimes that could eventually put them in jail, and Dal Shabet’s reputation could be permanently ruined.
Obviously, the situation had gone out of hand so the police had to step in, only to find out that they were all nothing more than disgusting rumors.
In an interview, the police said that: “There weren’t any disturbances or crimes committed during the ‘Idol Star Athletic Championships’. There was nothing out of the ordinary that occurred, nor were there any reports of such behavior.”
However, neither Dal Shabet nor fans received an apology, and Banas still continued their harassing agenda by hacking into Dal Shabet’s website.
They made a pop-up threatening Dal Shabet and Darlings, then spammed B1A4’s schedules and information on the homepage.
Dealing enough with life threats, Serri had no other choice but to come forward and apologize! even though the poor girl did nothing wrong!
Well, fortunately after that, the whole fuss seemed to end, or at least it was abated. Still, this left a dark stain on B1A4’s fandom that the boy group cannot brush off.
5. ELF and the overboard cyberbullying
In 2007, a girl named Eunji appeared on Star King after her major attempt to lose weight – from 87 to 47 kilograms in just three months.
Celebrating the extraordinary achievement on national television with the star from Super Junior – Kangin, this could have been Eunji’s best moment in life
…until she decided to post a photo of her taken with Kangin on Cyworld – a Korean social network. And things got completely off track since then.
Feeling jealous of the girl, many ELFs started leaving tons of malicious comments under her post and in her message box, calling her distasteful names and even sending threats.
Bullying the Eunji for standing too close to her “oppa” was one thing, these ELFs even targeted her weight situation and fat-shamed her.
This cyberbullying has reportedly led to Eunji’s severe depression. Only after a short time of handling the situation, Eunji just couldn’t take it any longer and decided to end her life.
The tragic incident made ELFs finally realize their ugly behavior toward an innocent girl.
One fan posted a hand-written apology, reflecting on how her and others’ hate comments could be a factor that prompted Eunji’s decision, and regretting that she had acted on jealous feelings.
But, it was too late after all.
To be honest, Kpop fans need to comprehend that no matter what they do, their actions will eventually reflect on their idols.
If they did terrible things to others in the name of “protecting idols”, their beloved stars’ careers could be badly affected as well. And they should know that being aggressive online could still lead to real-life consequences.
So, which case from those above do you find the most upsetting? Do you know any other things some fandoms have done that embarrassed their idols? Comment down below to share your thoughts with us.
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