Recently, a resurfaced clip of a K-Pop bodyguard has gone viral due to the excessive force he used on a sasaeng at the airport.
K-Pop idols getting mobbed when arriving at airports has been an ongoing issue for a long time, with many companies being criticized for not providing enough security for their idols in such situations. Recently, fans were concerned for BTS‘s V after he got mobbed returning back to Korea at the Incheon Airport.
taehyung is so kind, he didn’t want the fans to get hurt so he gently tapped the bodyguard. but ur safety is our top priority taehyungie, hopefully fans learn to stay within their boundaries, respect and not mob their idols. pic.twitter.com/DrMEqbdccZ
— SnowFlower 🎄 (@snowflower1052) August 31, 2022
Rather than keeping a respectful distance to allow K-Pop artists to travel freely and peacefully, it’s far too common for crowds to get pushy, chaotic, and even violent just for the chance to get a slightly closer and probably blurry photo of a celebrity.
While having ample protection and enough bodyguards to keep idols safe is definitely ideal to keep sasaeng fans at bay, the clip in question is being met with mixed opinions due to the excessive force used by the security.
The video is from a time that Wanna One was being mobbed by people at an airport, and showcases the bodyguard shoving a much smaller girl hard enough that she topples to the floor, where she could have easily gotten trampled.
HE LAUNCHED HER 😳 pic.twitter.com/wXP1a6xhz6
— anj⁷ ❀ (@teteyeoms) August 31, 2022
And while we appreciate bodyguards going above and beyond to keep their artists safe, the kind of force used in this particular situation could have led to an even more dangerous one. It’s not the first or last time that this sort of thing has happened, either.
Still, there are many comments responding to the post on Twitter that show support for the bodyguard’s behavior.
damn they should do this more often pic.twitter.com/lYHBV62jd7
— chérie 🦇⁷ SEXY NUKIM (@DIORYUE) September 1, 2022
he truly said alexa play ‘not today’ by bts
— beth⁷ ♡ (@agustdstandonme) August 31, 2022
— dans⁷ (@chimchimcherie1) August 31, 2022
AS HE SHOULD
— bianca⁷ (@taesyoongis) August 31, 2022
There are others, however, who think he went too far.
I totally understand that these girls need to step back but the aggressive pushing by a man much bigger than her is disgusting. Security should hold hands around their idol to block them from harm. But they don’t need to bring harm to others unless there’s an actual attack.
— Interview with a Jungpire🧛🏼 (@busan__ghoul) September 1, 2022
Ok he ain’t have to be that aggressive 😂 could of just scooted her over.
— Momo (@ShamShamm_) September 1, 2022
Nah I get that she shouldn’t be there and all but she literally probs got stamped after that. She looks like she’s still a kid too.
— caitlin ༺✧༻ (@hyukawh) September 2, 2022
Ehh I understand but that’s to much he should definitely push her back but not that hard she could have hit the floor and broke something or hit her head and at the end of the day if she was harmed it’s lowkey still assault
— ⁴ Tay⁷ BAD DECISIONS + PINK VENOM (@Jeonhobi4K) September 2, 2022
Hopefully there will come a day where K-Pop idols won’t be mobbed when they arrive at airports so that this kind of issue won’t happen again.