K-Pop Fans Express Their Discomfort With The Very Young Final Member Lineup From “My Teenage Girl”

The show had already come under fire for contestants born in 2011.

The final member lineup created by the competition show My Teenage Girl was released just a couple of days ago, along with their group’s name, CLASSy.

The group consists of seven members — Hyungseo, Chaewon, Hyeju, Riwon, Jimin, Boeun, and Seonyou — whose birth years range from 2001 to 2008 (making their ages between 13 and 20).

The maknae, Seonyou, was born on March 20, 2008; the second-youngest, Boeun, was born on February 11, 2008; and the third-youngest, Jimin, was born on November 25, 2007. That means the group is debuting with two fourteen-year-olds and one thirteen-year-old, and some K-Pop fans are expressing their discomfort with this.

My Teenage Girl had already received mixed reviews from viewers due to the fact that over a half-dozen of its contestants were 12 or younger.

Yoon Seungju, the youngest contestant, was only 10 when the show began | My Teenage Girl

And now that the official line-up for CLASSy has been announced, the attention has turned to the members who will likely debut not too far in the future. A recent post on Reddit sparked a discussion about the youngest member ages, and the ensuing conversation was pretty telling about how people feel.

New girlgroup CLASSy has insanely young members from kpopthoughts

Many commentors agreed with the original poster’s opinions that K-Pop idols are debuting at too-young ages more often these days, and that something should be changed to prevent damage to the impressionable young trainees.

Others mentioned how having such a drastic age difference between the members could be difficult in and of itself.

Some brought up the mental issues that might arise from debuting at such a young age, considering some adults have trouble dealing with the fame and infamy of being a K-Pop idol.

On the other side of the spectrum, some commentors mentioned that it’s really not all that uncommon for young teenagers to debut as a K-Pop idol.

Finally, some commentors tried to take a more positive spin on the situation.

Whatever your feeling is on this upcoming group, these girls are definitely talented, so we hope that it works out for them!

Source: Reddit