HYBE‘s headquarters has become a hot topic for an unexpected reason: leaving its lights on.
It all started with the photos a BTS fan snapped and shared on Twitter. In this tweet, the fan compared HYBE’s illuminated building in Yongsan, Seoul to other buildings in the neighborhood.
The tweet has since sparked a surprisingly heated debate between netizens and fans. Some netizens have accused HYBE of violating labor laws, burning out its employees, and more.
Korea has instituted a maximum 52 hour workweek by legal mandate. If they have people working at midnight, that is possibly horrific time management/illegal.
The CEO could be liable for criminal prosecution and max two years in prison for violation of the labor law. https://t.co/xmzmoacqgs
— John Yoo (@oniontaker) October 20, 2021
Fans, meanwhile, have come to HYBE’s defense and provided reasons for why HYBE might have been shining like a diamond at midnight.
In addition to this, ARMYs have offered an entertaining explanation for why HYBE’s lights were on: J-Hope! During a live broadcast, this easily startled BTS member took fans on a tour of the HYBE building.
From the spooky, dark practice rooms to a restroom, J-Hope took fans everywhere with him so that he wouldn’t have to be alone.
TL;DR: This theory checks out. After all, what fraidy cat doesn’t turn on the lights when they’re home alone?
people writing thinkpieces on capitalism bc the hybe building has all its lights on at night when it was just hobi turning every light on cause he didn’t want to be alone in the dark
— zrakenstein 👻 (@punnyjoonie) October 20, 2021
ofc hybe needs to switch their lights on at night. how do you think hobi will be protected from ghosts while he records his past midnight hope on the street???
— ִֶָ (@elfhoseok) October 21, 2021