Since Kep1er was formed through Mnet‘s survival show Girls Planet 999, fans naturally feel invested in the success of the group they worked so dedicatedly to vote for. Unfortunately, despite the incredibly talented and passionate members of Kep1er, fans continually voice their frustration with WAKEONE for alleged mistreatment and poor management.
In the past, fans have spoken up about WAKEONE’s treatment of Kep1er, including their styling, line distribution, and seeming lack of protection for their artists. There have also been frustrating moments for fans, like when Kep1er did a rooftop performance despite Mashiro‘s fear of heights…
MASHIRO AFRAID OF HEIGHTS AND STILL ATE https://t.co/T68swkBKqa
— den (@winksmashiro) July 19, 2022
Or when fans called out the extreme disparity in treatment towards Kep1er and TO1, another group managed by WAKEONE.
Fans were also vocal about their displeasure at Kep1er appearing on Queendom 2 as a rookie group, believing that it prevented them from having other activities that would have better helped increase their popularity.
The first mistake that wakeone did to kep1er is making them join queendom. While their Wadada hype is still there, they should promote in japan right away or make a special single comeback with The Girls or Up. Wasted 3 months in a flop survival show for nothing
— 𝙏𝙍𝙊𝙐𝘽𝙇𝙀𝙎𝙃𝙊𝙊𝙏𝙀𝙍 (@Ainaa_Syana) October 19, 2022
Now fans are once again voicing their displeasure with how WAKEONE is managing promotions for the group’s latest comeback, “We Fresh.” Fans are pointing out that while Kep1er is actively promoting in music shows, there is an apparent lack of variety show appearances.
Generally, variety show appearances are essential for K-Pop idols as a way of exposing the viewers to a group’s talent and humor, and fans believe that Kep1er’s fanbase won’t continue to grow if they don’t have better promotions.
— soonwoo enjoyer ⑨ (@yujiwara) October 18, 2022
there’s no promotional stuff for kep1er this comeback other than stages ?? wakeone be fucking serious right now
— cierra | #1 hiyyih lover ♡ 💤 (@iXIAOTINGS) October 18, 2022
seriously why wakeone don't send kep1er to variety shows like running man, knowing bros and other popular shows, like what's stopping them? They'll gain money and kep1er will expose more in korea means gain popular and benefit on it. If they really want a money why not right?
— ~dyeon. (@yoyoyowwassap) October 15, 2022
Instead, fans point out that WAKEONE seems to focus on Kep1er’s YouTube series, Kep-chup, and while fans enjoy watching the episodes, it isn’t viewed outside of the fandom. Similarly, even fans who like the content believe that the set and activities show that WAKEONE isn’t investing anything in the content.
Do you think this is quality?
– a white wall and no microphones for their program
– the same outfits (they repeated the same 3 outfits for 6 different events)
– that horrible edition pic.twitter.com/vxo2KWdwMB
— nana 👾 (@jalehgf) October 16, 2022
Fans believe that WAKEONE is wasting Kep1er’s potential, which is incredibly frustrating to see, especially since Kep1er is a temporary group.
wakeone are sabotaging their own groups and it’s so sad to see, kep1er could be so big right now if they were properly managed.
— grey ☁️ (@kepiluvrr) October 19, 2022
I love kep1er so much but I will not deny that wakeone has been absolute DOGSHIT when it comes to handling them, from not marketing them better, not putting them on more variety shows, over working them too shit line distributions, it’s no wonder the fandom is in shambles
— 💚🐻snurpus.™️🐻💚 (@kaisoup97) October 14, 2022
I hope next comeback WAKEONE give kep1er something that rocks the world🤯 a mind blowing comeback with fair line and screen distribution that all member will shine. I hope WAKEONE will learned not to waste kep1er, specially they are not a permanent group.
— WE FRESH D-DAY!!! (@NaYuYe_221229) October 19, 2022
You can read more about fans’ frustrations here.
— nana 👾 (@jalehgf) October 16, 2022
You can listen to “We Fresh” here.