Many K-Pop idols have participated in pranks in the history of group-made content. These can include having members pretend to fight or be mad at one member like GOT7 have done on more than one occasion.
— mariyam (@gotexoish) October 21, 2022
Sometimes, these pranks are taken too far in the eyes of netizens, like the broken camera prank played on already debt-ridden trainees or when a former DMNT member was “kidnapped” by a crazed fangirl.
Recently, fans of ENHYPEN have accused the group’s staff of taking things too far and leaving members uncomfortable regarding a prank during their content.
ENHYPEN have a content series called EN-O’CLOCK, where the members are filmed doing various things. For episode 77, the staff tell Jungwon he will be doing a prank on the members, with Heeseung acting as a “wingman.”
The prank is centered around Jungwon messing up while fake filming content with the other members, including a moment where he is supposed to faint. The two express a little worry over the content before expressing they believe they can make it work.
Some smaller aspects of the overall prank happen, but one that left fans feeling uncomfortable involved Jungwon “dropping” a mic pack and being “scolded” by Heeseung. Throughout the pranks, Jungwon appears to be worried about being able to pull them off.
The fainting part of the prank did not actually happen, but the fact it was even suggested did not sit well with fans. The members expressed surprise over it.
While explaining the mic pack prank, the members explain that they reacted by not reacting out of consideration. Jungwon says he knew the pranks would not work, so he chose not to pull off the fainting.
In the ending episode, the group talk about why that sort of content wouldn’t work, saying that they’re nice and wouldn’t want to make a situation any worse by “piling” on someone. They also mention “reading the room,” something fans have taken as a comment directed towards the staff for the content of this video.
Fans shared their discomfort with the video, requesting that ENHYPEN not be made to do things they are uncomfortable with, especially the proposed fainting.
Its actually so upsetting how little the staff know abt enhas humor.. the concept of being a “spy” or pranking the members couldve been really good. Instead you decide to put the members in such an awkward and uncomfortable position. How is that okay?? https://t.co/44iVpPuwsu
— ni ⨾ misses jake (@SIMYUNIV3RSE) January 11, 2024
i just watched it today..
THIS WAS SO UNCOMFORTABLE FOR JUNGWON :(((
im so disappointed to the en-o’clock staffs. https://t.co/vE1j8Wxrqv
— cia. (@yyngwonie) January 12, 2024
i really hope belift never puts enha in the kind of situation they put them in for today’s en o’clock ever again 😭 call me dramatic but seeing jungwon so nervous, anxious, & upset the entire episode was simply NOT it idc.
— joy짱 (@manonitgirl) January 11, 2024
Hopefully, fans’ wishes will be met, as the staff included an apology note for “not knowing Jungwon well enough.”
You can watch the full episode below.