The closure of the NewJeans Hanni fansite sparks an online debate
Kpop idols are followed by fans and also by so-called fansites dedicated to an idol or a group, following them everywhere and taking quality photos.
Recently, a fansite dedicated to Hanni from NewJeans was shut down, sparking debate.
The fansite explained that due to HYBE’s tight security, it’s difficult for them to take photos of Hanni, even during official opening hours.
The fansite featured a blurry photo of Hanni at Milan airport. His bodyguard can be seen in the photo holding a flashlight to prevent cameras from getting a clear picture of the idol.
After seeing the fansite’s statement, a debate started online, showing a disagreement between Korean fans and international fans.
On the one hand, Korean fans expressed their disappointment that HYBE prevents fansites from taking good photos.
- “The reason they treat sasaengs well in front of hotels is because they are foreigners. HYBE doesn’t hate fangirls; They hate Koreans. »
- “This isn’t the first or second time HYBE has done this. They just try to catch Koreans like it’s a mouse catching game. »
- “You scared me, I thought you said Hanni hates his fans.ㅋㅋ HYBE want their security guys to stick closely to NewJeans, so NewJeans didn’t do anything wrong. I hope nobody will be wrong. »
- “A lot of HYBE fans are leaving the fandom because of this. I don’t understand why they behave like this. »
- “Seriously, are you crazy? The security guards are the ones who get involved, but the NewJeans are the only ones who get the hate. »
On the other hand, international fans praised HYBE for the safety surrounding the idol group, especially given their young age. They commented:
- “Photos may be good, but they shouldn’t violate Hanni’s privacy”
- “Respecting Hanni’s privacy and ensuring his safety are the priorities”
- “Some are disappointed that a stalker stopped following a teenager? Are you serious ? »
- “Why do some people defend this person? It’s harassment to follow Hanni outside of office hours. »
The conversation about invasion of idols’ privacy is emerging among K-pop fans and has a major impact on how fansites are viewed around the world.
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