5 Times WAKEONE Has Earned Criticism Over Its Treatment Of ZEROBASEONE

Fans claim there are many more instances.

Since their debut earlier this, ZEROBASEONE have only grown in popularity and influence as that proclaimed the start of K-Pop’s fifth generation. Unfortunately, fans have felt that the group’s company, WAKEONE, has failed them in many different ways since debuting.

Here are some instances where fans have demanded better treatment for the group over.

1. Ricky’s Livestream

On October 31, fans were shocked by the actions of the group’s management during a set of live streams. A manager can be heard yelling at Ricky over starting his own livestream without permission.

2. Alleged Homophobia

After Zhanghao and Hanbin won a fandom award, fans were surprised to see an ad that was supposed to be the pair feature a group photo, among other things. Fans also accused the company of taking steps to keep the two members away from each other, even without speculating on their sexualities.

3. Erasure Of Member From Content

During the group’s appearance at KCON Japan 2023, netizens noticed that Ricky was missing from an important group moment backstage. Fans were especially angered because there was an alternative video that included Ricky that could have been used.

4. Leaving A Member Behind

When ZEROBASEONE headed to Jeju to film content, Zhanghao and Ricky’s documents were left behind, resulting in Ricky being left behind. Once in Jeju, instead of waiting for Ricky, the group began filming content.

5. Airport Conditions

From their first international schedule, fans were dismayed over the security provided to the group at the airport. These situations often ended in the group being followed or mobbed.

Thankfully, there has been an improvement in the group’s security.