Netizen outrage at BPM Entertainment mounts as VIVIZ’s SinB and Umji cancel performance at Hi-Touch event due to “poor condition”.
The We Bridge Music Festival and Exhibition runs in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three-day event features high-touch events, interviews and music from an impressive array of K-pop artists, including MONSTA X, dream catcher, bam bam, ENHYPEN, LIVEand more.
The festival takes place just a few days later ASTRO MoonbinA loss felt across the industry and around the world as his family, colleagues, friends and fans mourn.
We Bridge Music Festival and Exhibition announced that they would honor Moonbin with a special tribute on Friday that would include a moment of silence and a “Light Up Tribute”.
At the We Bridge Music Festival we will honor Moonbin with a special tribute this Friday night before our first concert 🤍 https://t.co/19Rjoqq0cb pic.twitter.com/sdsb85fRHe
— We Bridge Music Festival & Expo (@WeBridgeExpo) April 21, 2023
While the festival goes ahead as planned, netizens continue to express their frustration with the festival BPM entertainment (also known as Big planet made) for the participation of VIVIZ.
VIVIZ members are known to be close to ASTRO’s Moonbin. SinB grew up with ASTRO’s Moonbin as a childhood friend and they are part of a close group of friends with some of the 1998 K-pop bandmates including VIVIZ. granny.
VIVIZ was photographed en route to the festival, heartbreaking fans when they turned up solemn and all-black before their flight.
Netizens expressed concern about the members and outrage when it was discovered that VIVIZ members would miss Moonbin’s funeral due to their attendance at the funeral We Bridge Music Festival and Exhibition not cancelled.
We want Viviz to cancel their schedule just because it’s Moonbin’s funeral, the main reason is they are very weak and tired right now, especially Sinb. They didn’t even give a little time to mourn and rest. Do you even think they have the power to face their fans?
— ʚïɞ (@bbbscenez) April 22, 2023
it’s not just the funerals that are missing. It shows the world Viviz’s sadness as they pretend they’re fine and people analyze their every move. It lets them perform when they can’t even smile, and do hit-touches and Q&A where anyone could say something wrong
— fra la boulangerie wuju (@goldeneunbi) April 21, 2023
Not only did you not replace Viviz and forced her to miss Moonbin’s funeral, you also call him an “icon” in your obituary letter.
This company should be boycotted. Kpop stans do not condone this treatment. https://t.co/jPr9bMja2e
— Eyal Oged 🚁 (@eyaloged) April 22, 2023
After initial outrage from netizens, it was announced that VIVIZ would not be attending the planned GRAMMY museum interview and red carpet event due to the artistscurrent conditions.”
Learning that VIVIZ was able to miss these events did little to satisfy netizens’ disappointment with their company and the festival, and on the contrary continued to provoke negative reactions.
A few hours later, it was also announced that members SinB and Umji would not be attending VIVIZ’s scheduled Hi-Touch event and would be leaving Eunha attend the event alone.
Netizens continue to express their outrage at society’s and festival’s lack of consideration for VIVIZ members during their time of mourning.
They shouldn’t have left Korea in such a state and on such a day for a 30 minute performance first but even now leave all 3 alone no fan wants to see their performance or have a high touch now we all want, that they are taking a break.
— source sinb. secret (@hebsource) April 22, 2023
“We understand that many of you have been looking forward to meeting viviz for a long time.”
WHO? we would have preferred viviz to have time for himself rather than attend this event pic.twitter.com/xRJB2s7Hyo
– juaa0z🍪 (@mbiyaa3) April 22, 2023
“Because of their bad condition,” why did you let them go knowing what they were going through? You’re lucky to have any girls in your company at all. Better protect them
– Amy (@_kimumji) April 22, 2023
You should have canceled the program in the first place. Of course they are not in good condition. You didn’t even give them a chance to mourn. Maybe put your artists above profit for once. They should never have been forced to participate. You should have given them the time they needed. https://t.co/AXByzcvN3y
– Gabby (@jcctarotea) April 22, 2023
At this point, VIVIZ is still scheduled to perform We Bridge Music Festival and Exhibition Concert.
See the initial coverage below:
VIVIZ fans are frustrated with BPM Entertainment and We Bridge Music Festival for not canceling VIVIZ’s upcoming performance