The topic of aegyo is one that is relatively controversial among some K-Pop fans. While some idols seem to enjoy doing the cutesy act, others seem to dread it, and are visibly unhappy when requested to do so by fans.
Some fans even find idols doing aegyo cringy, and others complain when people request idols to do it even when they’re known to not enjoy it.
Despite this, it’s still fairly common for fans to request that their favorite idols do aegyo during fansigns, which are, for the most part, accepted, even though it’s likely that some idols aren’t comfortable doing it.
— ✧･ﾟ:*🌙🐝 *:･ﾟ✧ (@mooneybees) January 16, 2022
201121 Treasure Online Fansign
OP made Junkyu do the ‘Fight For My Way’ aegyo ☺️
🐨: Junkyu is not acting cute, he was born cute. But people kept saying that he is acting cute, so it’s hard for Junkyu ☹️”
Look at how shy he got afterwards, awww 🥺💛
— 말랑규 (@foreverbykyu) November 21, 2020
Recently, however, NCT member Jaehyun got attention from netizens for his response to a fan who asked if it was alright for him to do aegyo. She was polite in her request, and Jaehyun responded with equal politeness, telling her simply that no, it wasn’t okay.
— ً (@primrose_jyh) January 18, 2022
Many fans have spoken up in support of Jaehyun’s response, glad that he was honest about not wanting to perform the cutesy act instead of just going along with it.
I like it when idols reject aegyo 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
— ‘ (@nazyerque) January 18, 2022
He said what he mf said👆🏾 pic.twitter.com/XnxeBgcAIT
— Hane (@Heyguhh9) January 18, 2022
Hopefully Jaehyun’s response, and fans’ support for his declination, will make other K-Pop idols feel more able to speak up about what they are or aren’t comfortable with during fansigns and other events.