6 Times Staff Members Crossed The Line With K-Pop Idols
From company staff to airport security, the staff that work alongside K-Pop idols are there to help them as much as they can. Loved by fans, many of the greatest staff members have special bonds with the idols they work with.
However, there are unfortunately some scenarios where a staff member may abuse their position of power with horrible actions, including leaking private photos or even physically abuse an idol. Here are 6 times when netizens believe that staff had gone way too far.
While in the Philippines for their recent MANIFESTO tour, fans were concerned when airport staff filmed the ENHYPEN members going through security.
เข้าไปถ่ายได้??? เป็นพนังงานทำไมถึงถ่ายได้??? คืองงมากว่าเป็นพนังงานแล้วมีสิทธิ์อะไรมาถ่าย งง pic.twitter.com/NC0nIZiZ3H
— มิ๊บจีบ!♡〰︎ (@itsjakeday) February 5, 2023
Staff in their uniforms were spotted filming the members. Additionally, some fans believe the airport staff had unprofessional behavior while the members went through security measure.
There have been various instances where fans were concerned for BTS’s safety around staff. Some of the examples show staff members taking photos of the members or looking into a room where the members are resting.
A previous staff member was accused of raising his hand at Jungkook.
Does j/k look very happy & consenting to being hit like that? Open your eyes for a second & see things for yourself. It's not victimization when things are actually going wrong & the proof is right in front of you#큰성공_직원관리_아티스트_보호해pic.twitter.com/FadVMrwJfg
— Noush ❄️⛄️ (@yoonjinjikook) April 13, 2020
Staff surrounding TXT have been criticized for letting sasaeng fans crowd them at the airport.
Fans have also raised concerns over a photo of Yeonjun holding an umbrella for a staff member. Typically, a staff member will hold the belongings and/or umbrella for the idol, not the other way around.
Additionally, fans believed a staff member tried to sneak photos of Beomgyu and Hueningkai.
4. Nancy (MOMOLAND)
Netizens were outraged when photoshopped hidden camera photographs of Nancy spread through social media. The photographs were allegedly taken by a MLD Entertainment staff member while Nancy was changing outfits while hosting the 2019 Asia Artist Awards.
15 months later, the photographs were allegedly shared through a discord server with over 500 members, which then spilled over to social media.
a staff member of momoland shared pics to a discord server of 500+ people of nancy undressing! you can email the korean text to the mail in the tweet or im pretty sure there is also an english paragraph! this is so not okay 🙁 https://t.co/cHhVERqWPo
— Dora♡︎| ia (@bIushingsana) January 9, 2021
MLD Entertainment then released a statement promising to take legal action against everyone involved, including those who spread the photos online.
During a livestream, an off-screen member was allegedly slapped by a male staff member for handing the 4 members jackets to cover their legs.
What are you doing, covering [their legs] up? We’re trying to show them, why are you covering it? Are you stupid?
— Male staff
Male staff for Korean girl group Fanatics refuses to let members cover their legs. Chinese member Lian Sijia attempted to give the girls a jacket and was slapped offscreen.
Top comment: "Speechless. Is this company selling porn?" [+74279]
Read more: https://t.co/8senGyokHl pic.twitter.com/hlfZSD3fOs
— c-ent translations (@centnews1) September 17, 2020
6. OMEGA X
OMEGA X made headlines when reports of their company CEO physically and verbally abusing the members were exposed in October of 2022.
Most recently, the members have won the lawsuit against Spire Entertainment. Check out the full timeline of events here.