Big or small, every star and idol band has been on the receiving end of hatred at least once in their career. But that does not matter as long as they handle it tactfully and make things clear in time. Scroll down to read how the all-boys band received hate and the way they overcame it!
1. Wonwoo’s SNSD controversy
The band’s rapper received a hate account on social media for being anti-SNSD, also known as Girls Generation, back in 2008 before becoming a trainee for Seventeen. This news left Carats, the SVT fandom, in shock. Wonwoo later owned his mistake and apologized to the SNSD band and fans by posting a handwritten note.
2. Club Visit amidst Covid-19
How can an innocent club visit invite so much hate from the masses? Well, it’s the timing that did. Let us explain. Mingyu and three other idols Jaehyun from NCT, ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo, and BTS‘s Jungkook visited entertainment establishments in Itaewon, an area in Seoul badly hit by a coronavirus, on 25th April 2020 when the nationwide lockdown was being observed to avoid the spread of the disease.
All four idols including Mingyu faced a lot of criticism from the public for their irresponsible behavior. The responsible agencies of the idols immediately issued public apologies and clarified that the stars have tested negative for the novel virus. Mingyu on June 22, 2020, also published an apology to his fans, which stated,
I’m sorry for disappointing everyone with my recent poor decisions. I’m sorry to the fans and members who have always supported me, and to everyone who’s working hard to help overcome this crisis.
3. Airport Scandal
The SVT band landed in another pool of hate and criticism a few months ago, when they held up the whole flight due to some paperwork issues. The flight got delayed for a good one hour due to which other passengers experienced inconvenience. This brought them a lot of questions and abuse of power was claimed on the boys.
4. Rude Remarks
A fan (Carat) shared pictures of the notes from a fan sign event on Twitter. In the notes, questions were asked from the fan, which was answered by the SEVENTEEN stars. The band’s member Seungkwan gave a rude reply to one of the questions "what am I to you?" to which the songwriter wrote “my bread and butter (my income).” Netizens didn’t receive it well and landed himself in a pool of angry comments. Pledis Entertainment stated in response to the online controversy to clear the SVT’s position and ensure that the band respects its fan club.
5. Trashing Fan Letters
In the past, SEVENTEEN was accused by a netizen of throwing away the fan letters in the trash, which hurt the feelings of the carats. The follower then claimed that he falsely accused the band and apologized to the SVT and the whole fandom.
Considering that Idols are humans too, they make mistakes, but if they show remorse, they surely deserve a second chance. We are in no way justifying rude behavior, as it should not be tolerated and rather highlighted.