For the most part, fan interactions with K-Pop idols during fanmeetings or fancalls are generally positive and enjoyable experiences for both the fans and the artists involved. It’s a chance for real-life interactions between an artist and those that support them, so most fans take the opportunity to show their love, appreciation, and gratitude for the idols they’re interacting with. And K-Pop idols do the same in return!
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`·. 可愛くてごめん (귀여워서 미안) ෆ ₊
₊ 윤호가 귀여워서 미안해 ੯•́໒🐾 ₊ pic.twitter.com/V0UleOH2LE
— 초록🌱🌿🍃 (@chorokeez) December 18, 2022
However, not all of these interactions end up going smoothly, and sometimes people even take advantage of such situations to harass or mock an artist. For example, a TikToker came under fire for their racist behavior and other rude comments towards ATEEZ during a fan meeting in 2021.
OP: “I praise you for having found your own style and stopped imitating Jimin”
just found this questionable tiktok of a russian atiny who got on a recent ateez fan meeting while scrolling my fyp page and the fact that the girl in the ss just casually said that to wooyoung??like?? pic.twitter.com/ENNYwmVjIU
— gay (@hjshyper) December 19, 2021
And now, a more recent interaction between ATEEZ’s Yunho and a netizen has been catching attention on social media due to comments made towards the idol during the fancall.
For the fancall, Yunho was wearing a v-neck shirt that showed some of his chest. The person talking to him said that they knew they should be looking at his face, but that her eyes kept going elsewhere, presumably to Yunho’s exposed skin because he then puts his hand over his chest to hide it while looking embarrassed.
The double standard is appalling I’m so angry now you have no idea, here’s translation pic.twitter.com/7vTZLVTver
— nina seeing ATEEZ D-35/36 (@ddeonghwanina) January 10, 2023
Fans are calling out the person for their words, saying that it was uncomfortable and could be considered sexual harassment.
THANK YOU THIS FELT SO FUCKING WEIRD AND UNCOMFORTABLE. DO BETTER 🤦🏻♀️
— 🏴ATEEZ_PRESENT🏴 (@atzkIngz1024) January 10, 2023
I’m glad you said it bc I was wondering if i was the only one feeling it was wrong😐
— ⩜⃝lys 🪶ATEEZ BB200 #7 🔥 (@TinyDD_Alys) January 10, 2023
THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS BC I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING
— ✦ ┆・Sai 🥀 (@Lunarsai_) January 10, 2023
Omg WHY, and we know he’s uncomfortable with showing skin, so why would you point that out??? Poor Yunho… I hate how he immediately covers up. 🙁
— Iry. (@IryPixar) January 10, 2023
i absolutely hate the concept of “fan calls” bc people who know nothing about respect or boundaries, get to say things like this (or even worse) to idols. imagine having to deal constantly with such people, i’m sure it’s mentally draining.
— ana (@phrogoowoo) January 10, 2023
They point out that if the roles were reversed, and it was a man commenting on a female idol’s chest, there would be a much larger outcry, but due to double standards this sort of comment to a male idol will likely be brushed off as nothing.
Oh noo poor Yunho ! Im so shocked !! You’re right! If the roles were switched it would be a scandal ! He was shocked by what she said you can see this in his eyes
— Aytz (@Aytz38) January 10, 2023
yall need to stop saying if the roles were switched. it is sexual harassment period?
— ؘ (@superwooyo) January 10, 2023
i know you like him but when do you say this to a stranger? you don’t even know each other personally, how do yk if he’s comfortable with your thoughts? we all think that he is beautiful or sexy or whatever and that’s a fact but please weigh your words.
— 𝐂𝐚𝐦¹¹¹⁷🪶 D-38 🏴☠️ (@camillestdt) January 10, 2023
We hope that Yunho had plenty of other positive and enjoyable interactions with ATINYs that day, and that he wasn’t made too uncomfortable by the comment! We also hope that this doesn’t happen again in the future to any of ATEEZ’s members, or K-Pop idols in general.