Filipino K-Pop Fans Call Out Local TV Show For Making Them Feel “Unsafe” Following Misinformation On Photocards
Filipinos from various K-Pop fandoms have come together to express anger and disappointment in local TV show Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (KMJS) following an episode they did on one fan’s merch.
On March 5, KMJS featured a teenage girl named “Bea,” whom they claimed stole money from her grandmother to secretly purchase K-Pop albums and photocards amounting to PHP 2.7 million ($48,000 USD).
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Dalagita, nakuhang magnakaw ng mahigit 2 milyong piso para matustusan ang kanyang koleksyon ng K-Pop merch?!#KMJS pic.twitter.com/t9whvlgFLW
— KapusoMoJessicaSoho (@KM_Jessica_Soho) March 5, 2023
However, when listing the prices of her goods, they showed one photocard allegedly worth Php 50,000 ($900 USD) due to its rarity. Viewers questioned the legitimacy of the price, stating that it couldn’t possibly be worth that much. They said, “KMJS, it’s not true that that’s worth 50k,” and “Did you really do your research?”
kmjs di naman po totoo na 50k yan? grabe naman po kayo mag balita? nagresearch po ba talaga kayo? jusko naman talaga hays btw, higher po pic.twitter.com/wAvkqJtU2x
— shujin | #NoToJeepneyPhaseout (@kunilchan) March 5, 2023
Following the release of the episode, K-Pop fans started reporting cases of theft from snatchers who believe that all photocards are worth the large amount. They complained that KMJS’s episode made them “look bad on national TV” and risked their safety.
Not only did you make people view us negatively, but you also risked our safe community. Hays
— Jam | INA/KR PASABUY AVAILABLE | 📦 (@wonkyubns) March 6, 2023
Shout out to @KM_Jessica_Soho 's research team. You made us look bad on national tv and also risked our safety. Imagine you only want to bring your pcs because you feel like you're with your idol, but getting robbed because people thought all photocards are worth 50,000?! — pic.twitter.com/Z03PkTmDz6
— ice | BSS COMEBACK (@icedminwon) March 6, 2023
People are warning each other, “Hide your photocards.”
‘ITAGO NIYO NA PHOTOCARDS NIYO’
LOOK: Event host Kring Kim has this to say about several social media posts from K-pop fans claiming that they fell victims to robbery, after GMA’s “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” featured a girl who bought a photocard worth P50,000. pic.twitter.com/qcfcLdPdmS
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) March 7, 2023
One fan reported how a middle aged man stole their BTS Jimin photocard while they were riding the bus. They were seated in front, and before departing, he quickly snatched the photocard as they were using their phone.
3 incidents na. This is so alarming already. Guys pls doble ingat tayo. Please. Mareng Jessica, anong ginawa nyo. ☹️
Credit to the rightful owner. Hoping na safe kayo. pic.twitter.com/XQpOHrfB84
— THS-𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞 (@ubos_yaman) March 6, 2023
Another shared how “alarming” it is that someone had opened their package to steal their photocard holder before transferring it to another plastic.
Look at what your kpop merch episode did, KMJS.
Photocard holder na nga lang inorder ko, nanenok pa 🥴
Halatang binuksan yung parcel ko, kinuha yung pc holder, then tinransfer sa bagong plastic
This is alarming!!@KM_Jessica_Soho pic.twitter.com/Q4zl8aMSvu
— sha 🧜♀️ (@urmultistanbabe) March 7, 2023
so someone's engenezone pc got stolen alr ever since KMJS aired that episode. let's be more cautious now on our pcs. DO NOT bring expensive pcs to hang in your bag, it's better to be safe than sorry. locals now have an idea about the value of these merchs.
— wan (@borderjwn) March 6, 2023
Due to the spike in theft cases, Filipinos have concluded that it just isn’t safe anymore to bring photocards in public.
I think it’s safe to tell everyone ‘DON’T BRING PHOTOCARDS ANYMORE.’ Whether they are unofficial or official, don’t do it. Everyone’s priority is each other’s safety. It’s better that no one snatches from you, okay? Think wisely people and hoping @KM_Jessica_Soho would see this matter.
— Filipino K-Pop fan
i thinks its safe to tell everyone na DONT BRING PHOTOCARDS anymore, maging unofficial or official man yan, wag na. priority ng lahat ay safety ng bawat isa. mas okay na walang mahablot sayo, okay? think wisely people and hoping @KM_Jessica_Soho would see this matter
— april boo ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ (@ahbabiboo) March 6, 2023
Following the backlash they received on social media, KMJS released a statement saying that they have coordinated with authorities to verify the snatching of the photocard in the MRT station, and they urged people to report to the police if someone stole their photocard.
KMJS ON ALLEGED SNATCHING OF K-POP MERCH
In a statement posted online on Tuesday, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (KMJS) said their team has coordinated with MRT-Cubao management to verify the alleged snatching of a K-pop photocard. (Facebook/Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho) pic.twitter.com/DmtCitvFDz
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) March 7, 2023
The statement received negative reactions from Filipinos who said that it isn’t possible to report incidences to the police who are likely to not take them seriously.
- How will we report to the police?? What will we say?? “My photocard was stolen, it’s a paper that has a handsome man printed on it“???!?
- Rape cases and killings aren’t being given justice, what more if you tell the police that your photocard was stolen??
pano magrereport sa police?? ano sasabihin?? "nanakawan po ako ng photocard, papel po yun na may nakaprint na gwapo" ???!? legal team na kasi nabuko na kayo??
— ً (@yangwonslove) March 7, 2023
Wow report sa pulis rape cases and killings nga di nabibigyan ng justice yun pa kayang ssbihin mo sa pulis na ninakaw yung photocard mo???
— claire (@chuuyacatzz) March 7, 2023
They called out the show for not holding themselves accountable for the harmful effects their episode had on the local K-Pop fandom.
Instead of being accountable for your shitty segment you're here posting a statement GASLIGHTING THE COMMUNITY YOU PUT AT RISK all for what? The clout? Your staff's connections to the family you blasted on national television?@KM_Jessica_Soho you're a disgrace to journalism https://t.co/5vGUuQnw4z
— 😈🪟🪨 || ia? collbreak (real) (@jjugyumiao13) March 7, 2023
Moreover, they stated that the very least KMJS could do was release a statement clarifying that not all photocards are worth Php 50,000. Most only only range from Php 200-400 ($3-7 USD).
At least post a statement na not all PCs are worth 50K. make a segment about collecting kpop merch and photocards to redeem yourself kahit yun nalang. We want our community to be safe again and free of the judgement na "nakaw yan". We want accountability!
— nikki (@yjsgrowl) March 7, 2023
This incident has raised questions on the respectability of journalist Jessica Soho whose show they claim has gone downhill in recent years after they started “peddling a lot of sensational but poorly research stories.”
Jessica Soho and her show KMJS has actually been peddling a lot of sensational but poorly researched stories in the last few years.
She gets a free pass because she was a great investigative journalist before. Hopefully, this is a wake up call.#CANCELKMJS#CANCELKPOPJAGIYAPH
— Jesus Falcis 🇵🇭 (@jesusfalcis) March 7, 2023
Fans also claimed that the story of “Bea” is fake and that her family used the exposure to promote their K-Pop merch business.
saw lots of ss proving how crazy rich bea’s fam and they even have connections with gma. why do i feel like ginamit lang nilang scapegoat yung bata to sell her collections and promote their business? ano na @KM_Jessica_Soho paliparin mo na ulit ang iyong team para magkaalaman na
— mrii 💫 (@mriessi) March 7, 2023
Finally, they expressed hope that a follow-up episode would be released. They noted how Jessica Soho and her team could have angled the story differently to ensure that no one’s safety would be compromised.
No matter the intent was, the damage has been done and the kpop community has been prejudiced and exposed to dangers na. I hope you would do a follow up on your story. The episode could have been angled differently for the sake of the safety of the community.
— εїз mei (@daysixgrams) March 7, 2023