Although many K-Pop fans simply want to support their favorite idols and treat other artists and fandoms with respect, there are also many unfortunate instances of fanwars and feuds between different K-Pop fandoms.
Sometimes these issues lead to fandoms coming together to boycott certain groups by creating an infamous black ocean.
And unfortunately, sometimes there are even violent fights among fans, sometimes even between fans of the same group.
Here are three times that K-Pop fans have physically fought.
1. H.O.T fans vs. Sechskies fans
Perhaps the most iconic fight, as it was even reenacted in the K-Drama Reply 1997, some fans of groups H.O.T and Sechkies would often fight each other. Although the scene in the K-Drama is intense, according to many fans, it was an accurate depiction of what the confrontations looked like. Allegedly the police were sometimes involved in breaking up the fights.
And Sechskies’ Jaeduck allegedly recounted a time when a fan came to tell him she had fought H.O.T fans, further confirming the brutal nature of these frequent fights.
This fan came over to me and said, ‘Oppa, I fought three H.O.T fans and I won.’ This may seem a bit graphic but I think she was bleeding. I remember telling her she did a good job nonetheless. I felt a great sense of pride back then.
2. WJSN’s fansites
Two WJSN (also known as Cosmic Girls) fansites went infamously viral for their physical altercation. The fansites were filming WJSN, who were passing by to attend a schedule when they suddenly bumped into each other and started fighting.
WJSN were shocked when they saw the fight unfold.
And the two fansites quickly stopped, likely out of embarrassment at being seen by the idols.
You can watch the full video here.
— ㅁ ㅇ🐯 (@pcy_92_11_27_) March 31, 2016
3. KCON 2022 fans
This year’s KCON event boasted incredibly popular artists like ATEEZ, ENHYPEN, ITZY, NCT DREAM, and Stray Kids. So it’s no surprise that fans were excited to attend the event, which, according to some fans, could have been better organized.
Fans waited in a queue all night to enter the venue, but according to some fans, the event staff declared that the order of the line wouldn’t be honored. Mayhem ensued at the announcement as crowds rushed without direction, trying to be the first to be able to enter the venue.
— mina 🧸 (@skzview) August 20, 2022
Not only was there seemingly physical violence…
KCON 10 years in & we’re having fist fights, hair pulling, & tasers in the GA line for wristbands. The worst
We’re still clueless as Prestige, but as least we’re quietly lined up & organized to the side
This has given me so much anxiety I’m on the verge of tears. MESSY pic.twitter.com/q3eWxSSJor
— 𝙆𝙖𝙮𝙡𝙖 (@MissKaylaW) August 20, 2022
But a taser was even used to quiet the crowd down, as it was fortunately held aloft and not used on another person.
a taser…at fucking kcon??? i hope no one got tased but why yall gotta fight in like at FUCKING kcon to the point a taser is involved??
— 레일라 🦮 met enha (@enhypenation) August 20, 2022
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