Unfortunately, there have been many instances of K-Pop idols enduring strange or uncomfortable requests from fans. Many of these have taken place over video calls, which at least have a built-in barrier between the idol and the person making such a request.
Recently, however, one fan’s requests at an in-person fan sign for ENHYPEN have left many online feeling discomfort and disgust.
At the end of January, ENHYPEN headed to Macao for a fan sign event, allowing lucky fans in the region to see them up close and personal.
As fans shared their accounts from the event, some clips from one fan, in particular, gained attention for all the wrong reasons. First, the fan can be seen standing off to the side, wearing a dog collar with an attached leash before approaching Jake.
According to the fan’s posting, she told Jake, “I want to be your puppy dog, can you be my master,” before handing him the leash. Other clips show Jake petting and touching the fan at her request.
I laugh every time I see oppa’s shocked expression when I handed him a dog collar. I also showed him my jake fingernails and bracelet.
— OP Fan
When this same fan spoke with Jungwon, she had asked the idol if she could call him mommy.
I noticed there was still time after I told him what my friend wanted me to tell him, but I didn’t prepare anything so I poked Jungwon’s dimple in a panic. Then I said “can I call you mommy” which is something I had planned to say before standing up. Jungwon’s expression was so funny hahahahahaha! As for why…I just told him it’s because you’re too cute.
— OP Fan
Fans reacted angrily to the fan’s requests, saying that doing these sorts of things was disrespectful.
you’re telling me she went to the fan sign with a leash labeled "Jake's dog" and said "i want to be your puppy dog, can you be my master?" and even showed the leash to Jake? is that why he pet her head? this has so be another level of disrespect. you go to a fan sign, which they… pic.twitter.com/QCUgauAif9
— #nadajake ♡ 🍊 (@lvlyikeu) January 31, 2024
there has to be some regulations during these fan signs, very embarrassing and disrespectful towards the boys https://t.co/awNecDaEKv
— khush ⁷ 🌷| 아포방포 |👩🏻⚕️ (@eternallyggukie) February 1, 2024
utterly disgusting 🤢🤢 https://t.co/AEnRDZKsPZ
— 𝐦𝐞𝐥 ˚₊‧꒰ა ♥︎ ໒꒱ ‧₊˚ #ItsFebWonie (@vantaewonie) January 31, 2024
Others brought up how, sometimes, these things can be part of a person’s sexual interests, and involving idols in them for personal gratification is wrong and dehumanizing.
this is so disgusting. use your kink somewhere else please. enhypen are not objects that y'all can fantasize on. please i can't imagine the humiliation.. https://t.co/akw46Kqx5f
— zeu ☻ ⭒ (@on20020) February 1, 2024
like take ur k1nks somewhere else… how about u praise them when u meet them irl instead of this weird sht that makes them uncomfortable… ? dpmo.
— joy짱 (@manonitgirl) January 31, 2024
Exposung unconsenting others to ur kinks is sexual harassment idc, not only to jake and enha but every other fan that was in the room probably even some minors THIS IS SICK https://t.co/eXF7cTxC7Z
— Meg 🦝🧸 (@Itmegandavidson) February 1, 2024
As more of these kinds of things happen, many wonder if more strict guidelines will be put in place at events.