It is June 3rd and I just read a post that has really touched on every concern I have about being a Kpop fan and concerns for the safety of these young idols.
I know we’ve touched on this before but here it is again.
Youngjae from Got7 posted this heartfelt and very well worded message to fans; asking them to have more respect for their private lives.
We hope that this gives some fans pause before mobbing these poor boys every where they go. I know if I met them or saw them it would take everything I had in me not to fangirl out (and I am hopefully going to Kcon so that will be put to the test quickly)! But please lets all make an effort to be better fans!
“Hello. This is GOT7′s Youngjae.
Everyday I gain strength from the love that fans give.
However, there are some who take photos and videos at places like the airport or when we are spending personal time.
I think we need to be more respectful of each other. (For example, at times when the entire screen of my cellphone is shown.) I’m worried that people following us and continuing to take photos when we are moving to a different location might fall. I would also like for people to be more careful not to disrupt other individuals in public places.
I am also very worried about a dangerous situation happening to those who stay until dawn in front of our dormitory and to those who follow us in cars when we are going to a location for individual schedules. I would like to continue meeting each other in a safe and healthy manner.
Thank you very much for reading my poor writing.
I really love you Ahgases.
Let’s continue to stay together for a long time. (If anyone can translate this into Japanese, Chinese, English, or Thai, I would really appreciate it…)
According to Japan Times, female popstar Tomita Mayu was stabbed over 20 times today during a fan event in the city of Koganei, Tokyo. (See the news story here )
The idol had previously contacted police about the potential stalker over a month ago. We are sending all of our love and prayers to her and her family in this time.
OK but ya’ll it has to be said… WHAT IS WRONG?! Because there is something wrong right now in the various fandoms.
Now we are not saying that this applies to all fans; we consider ourselves to be VIP’s and ARMY so we do understand being dedicated to your bias’.
But with this news today; and yesterdays news of BTS (Bangtan Boys) being CHASED by fans through the streets of Sweden, it has to be said; SERIOUSLY?! These are human beings.
Is fame and all of that comes with it part of the deal of doing what they love? Of course.
However having to fear for your physical safety because a “fan” does not realize where boundaries are or has created an imaginary relationship with you in their head; is something else completely.
In this day and age of instant gratification and entitlement these fans believe that they DESERVE to have a piece of their favorite idol. No matter the situation or how it affects the idol they have so come to respect. And in the case of Tomita Mayu even serious injury.
We hope that the companies that represent these young adults are watching and setting up more security for them and taking these threats seriously.
As mothers we cannot imagine how the families must feel and our prayers are with Tomita tonight and we ask for all of you out there, seeing your favorite band on the street and in public to remember…. THESE ARE PEOPLE. NOT ANIMALS. You may have bought their album but they don’t owe you any more than anyone else in this world. Be respectful and most of all be safe. There is no call for this. Be responsible to yourself for your actions so that we can all enjoy the privilege of seeing these artists out in the public and making the music we love!