In the KPOP industry, “Black Ocean” is the heaviest punishment that fans ever apply on idols and is a nightmare for any artist. Though most artists will do their best to please the audience with their performances, sometimes, responding to their efforts is not the cheerful applause; instead, it is just an ocean of silence.
Despite being one of the most iconic girl groups of all time, the journey to success of SNSD has never been full of roses; in fact, they were even severely boycotted in the early days.
When in the 2008 Dream Concert, SONE, fans of SNSD, and ELF, fans of SuJu, got into a serious crash. Combining the incident with the fact that SNSD already had tons of anti-fans, the worst nightmare of idols happened to SNSD right after that.
Right at the moment the girls got on stage, the whole stadium sunk into darkness. To express dissatisfaction towards SNSD, fans of other KPOP groups decided to turn off their lightsticks.
The poor nine girls had to perform 10 minutes straight under the overwhelming pressure of the audiences. Though all of them still managed to keep a bright smile and show off their professionalism, the sadness in their eyes was evident.
Seven years after, SEVENTEEN faced the same fate when performing at the 2015 MAMA.
When SEVENTEEN finished their Mansae performance, the whole stadium was covered in black. Since fans of other groups decided to turn off their lightsticks, and their fandom, CARAT, hadn’t had lightsticks yet, SEVENTEEN had to undergo the worst nightmare in their career.
Maybe SEVENTEEN were too dedicated to giving out their best performances, they still looked super happy and energetic on stage. Yet, it’s certain that when the boys were aware of what they had been through, they were deeply hurt.
Seemingly, SM’s artists are those that often undergo unpleasant moments on
stages because in 2016, EXO almost had to face a black ocean like what SNSD used to experience before. However, since their fans were so crowded, they escaped the worst nightmare of KPOP idols in a blink of an eye.
It is said that a serious conflict between EXO-L and other fandoms exploded at the time. Fans of other groups decided to turn off their lightsticks when EXO was performing with the lame excuse “out of battery”.
Yet, such malicious actions were not successfully carried out because there were so many EXO-Ls there to cheer the boys up. In fact, EXO’s fandom was so crowded that they even won over other groups with the dominant number of votes.
The next black ocean belongs to the phenomenal but unfortunate girl group T-ARA. After the notorious bullying scandal between Hwayoung and the other members, many people, including Queen’s, decided to turn their back on T-ARA.
On September 8, when T-ARA performed at the 2012 World Conservation Congress K-POP Nature+ Concert, they had to undergo a nightmare when experiencing a four-minute black ocean. As soon as the group got on stage, lightsticks were immediately turned off, and the cheering suddenly muted, turning the whole area into a soulless crowd.
The aftermath of the bullying scandal didn’t stop there because in 2015, T-ARA faced another black ocean at the 2015 Dream Concert. Worse than the previous time, their performance at the Dream Concert lasted up to ten minutes, which means they had to endure a much longer pain than the last time.
TWICE is now recognized as the national girl group of gen 3. Yet, not many people know that they used to have a difficult time building up their name.
Things went climax when on the MMA 2016 stage, TWICE got a black ocean. So, when the girls got on stage to perform their hit “Cheer Up”, the whole stage literally sunk into darkness.
The oddest thing is, whereas there were lots of ONCEs at the award show, their light stick’s color was hardly seen. When the video of TWICE’s performance was posted on Twitter, some pointed out that the only area that was lit up that night was of ARMYs.
Explaining the black ocean of TWICE, some shared that it was because the organizers allowed no personal lightstick to be brought in, and since so many fans didn’t get the candy lightstick, they were provided with lit-up bracelets instead, but the light from these bracelets was not as strong as lightsticks, thus creating a “black ocean”.
For a rookie group that has just been active for one year, such an incident must have traumatized them for a long time.
Though it’s hard to believe that BTS, the world-class famous group would appear on this list, they have actually experienced the black ocean not once, but twice, throughout their music career.
In the 2015 MAMA show, when BTS performed ‘I Need You and Dope’, a large amount of lightsticks were turned off. Since the group’s reputation was rising at the time, the news about their black ocean immediately got online even when the show hadn’t ended.
Right after that, a fan war between many EXO-Ls and ARMYs exploded. As many people believed, the whole story started out of jealousy. Because it was said that EXO-Ls were worried that BTS would break EXO’s record of getting 4 Daesangs in a row, they created a black ocean to bring BTS’s image down.
The war didn’t seem to end there because one year later, when BTS was performing at the 2016 Melon Music Awards, they received another black ocean. Once again, someone claimed that EXO-Ls were the creators.
Though it remains unknown whether the two fandoms have settled the feud, the fact that there were no more black oceans for both groups might signal that everything has ended in peace.
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