ZEROBASEONE (also known as ZB1) is among the star-studded lineup for The 2023 Asia Artist Awards (AAA), which will be held in the Philippines on December 14.
ZEROSES (ZEROBASEONE fans) and the members have long anticipated it. Yet, it has now been announced that one member will be missing.
WAKEONE Entertainment released a statement announcing that Ricky will be unable to attend due to unresolved passport and visa issues. So, only eight members will be at the award show.
Hello, this is WAKEONE.
There has been an unexpected problem with ZEROBASEONE member Ricky’s passport and visa issuance. Therefore, Ricky will not be able to attend the ‘2023 Asia Artist Awards.’
We tried every possible solution so that Ricky could attend. However, it has been confirmed that Ricky will not be able to leave the country. Please be advised that the performance being held on the 14th for the ‘2023 Asia Artist Awards’ will be an eight-membered performance.We apologize to the fans for the confusion.
Regarding all future schedules, we would like to assure you that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure that ZEROBASEONE gets to continue promoting without running into any more problems. In the meantime, we please ask for your kind understanding.
— WAKEONE Entertainment
ZEROSES are upset, saying that the company, WAKEONE Entertainment, neglected Ricky. They pointed out that ZEROBASEONE has long been scheduled to attend The 2023 Asia Artist Awards, and Ricky’s visa and passport should have been resolved during this time. They also remembered that in a previous live broadcast, other members excitedly talked about traveling for the event while Ricky appeared quiet as if he knew already he wouldn’t be able to go.
Is Ricky able to attend GDA in January or are you going to fuck up his passport too?
This is your job, even kids are applying for their own visas these days, but you can’t do this simple thing? Or you are purposely “forgetting”? @wakeone_offcl @ZB1staff #RICKYISZB1 pic.twitter.com/wAwCANnSZu
— 키키 (@riknyang) December 11, 2023
This isn’t the first time such a situation has occurred. Ricky was left behind at the airport in June due to similar issues. So, ZEROSES are calling out WAKEONE Entertainment for “incompetence.”
on june 11th, ricky was left behind at the airport due to wakeone's incompetence. 5 months later, the situation repeats itself again. @wakeone_offcl how long will we have to tolerate this type of treatment towards ricky?#RICKYISZB1 pic.twitter.com/USq1CjIVaB
— luc (@haozh4ng) December 11, 2023
the fact that ricky had issues alr in the past trying to fly just to jeju bc the staff didnt double check beforehand… i understand problems with visa but this sched was planned so far ahead of time, and shouldn't you especially be aware of a member who you've fcked over before?
— ~원~ (@myseokryudan) December 11, 2023
first with camp zb1 where they didn’t look into foreigners’ passports and ricky literally being left at the airport and now this ?? not handling visa issues until extremely last minute to the point where it’s too late to fix so he’s missing an entire fucking award show ????
— 雨 (@yejigf) December 11, 2023
ZEROSES have noticed many instances where it appeared Ricky had been mistreated. Read more below.