The fourth generation of K-Pop is arguably the generation that has focused the most on giving intense performances with challenging and hard-hitting choreographies. While this makes for some phenomenal shows, it also puts the members of these groups at higher risk for getting seriously injured.
THE BOYZ is no exception to this trend, and in fact, they’re pretty well-known for adding unique and difficult acrobatic moves to their performances. Unfortunately, it seems like this recently led to one of their members getting injured badly enough to have to be carried off-stage.
In a video taken of the K-Pop group during a rehearsal practice for their performance at the 2023 MBC Gayo Daejejeon, member Eric was seen landing awkwardly after being thrown a considerable distance. Upon standing, it’s clear to see that he’s in pain from the incident.
— 영훈아식장잡았다 (@n359891) December 31, 2023
In another clip, Eric was seen being supported by staff members before getting onto fellow member Hyunjae‘s back to be taken off stage.
— 멍 lee (@juu_dog) December 31, 2023
Netizens have noted that the members’ thick winter clothing, paired with the cold weather and possibly slippery stage, could have all contributed to Eric’s execution of the dangerous stunt.
Others have been criticizing THE BOYZ’s choreographers, most notably Mihawk, for giving the members such difficult and potentially damaging dances to perform in the first place.
sorry but they have to stop doing dangerous stunts like this again 😭 there are plenty ways to show coolness through performance without endangering the members. many of them have suffered injuries & we don’t want it to happen again.
pls consider a safer choreography for them 🙏🏻 https://t.co/ADO9g0rzqV
— 나나 (@kitttenbear) December 31, 2023
i’m so sick and tired of this man (mihawk) giving them random dangerous acrobatics every choreo and putting their physical health in risk we need to bring out those email templates i’m so serious https://t.co/h6JbF6R8Dr
— atlas (@jjyukitten) December 31, 2023
can they stop goving choreos like this to tbz.. erics knees were injured so many times and yet he still has to fly on that fucking stage give him a break???? https://t.co/llAdXFogew
— w (@realjjyubi) December 31, 2023
……. it’s freezing cold outside and it might be slippery can’t the choreography just be done without any stunt…….? 😔😔😔 https://t.co/1X5mREvJTx
— ₍ᐢ.️️ ️️ ̫.ᐢ₎ (@peachiemon) December 31, 2023
its sick and twisted how mihawks still making them do dangerous choreographies when there’s no need to. i understood at first when rtk and kd happened, when they had to step up their game, but this … this ain’t necessary. he just wants them injured at this point https://t.co/vvVNmxhPt9
— 82 (@sangyeonTM) December 31, 2023
The incident became a topic of conversation on an online forum post, where netizens shared their thoughts on the dangerous stunts that idols have practically become expected to perform in such an increasingly-competitive field like K-Pop.
We sincerely hope that Eric wasn’t too badly injured during this incident, and that measures are taken in the future to prevent such occurrences from happening again.