Fans are expressing concern for K-Pop boy group OMEGA X after they paid their way to Korea but were met by Spire Entertainment‘s chairman upon arrival.
Over the course of the past few months, FOR X (OMEGA X’s fandom) have become increasingly concerned about the members. In August, OMEGA X were seemingly banned from using their social media. After that, the group carried out their tour of North America, 2022 OMEGA X WORLD TOUR [CONNECT: Don’t give up], which was also fraught with issues.
After the tour wrapped with OMEGA X’s final show in Los Angeles, FOR X reported witnessing the members being verbally and physically abused by Spire Entertainment‘s CEO, Kang Seong Hee. Spire Entertainment has addressed the issue in a statement, explaining that “voices were raised” during a discussion of the tour between the management and the members.
Following the month-long tour, which began in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 16 and ended in LA, USA, on October 22, we had a celebratory team-wide dinner. The conversation, which has circulated online via social media, was recorded at that dinner.
At the time, having completed all legs of the tour, the OMEGA X members and Spire Entertainment team were discussing the hard work that went into the concerts, as well as the future that is to come. During this discussion, we also talked about certain moments that caused disappointments in one another. And in doing so, the conversation got heated, and voices were raised.
— Spire Entertainment
얘들아 우리 밖에서 음식 시킨 거 우버 기다리고 있는데
애들 회사 대표님이 애들 때리는 거 봤어
진짜로 손이 너무 떨려서 어떻게 해야 될지 모르겠어 애들이 눈앞에서 맞고 있는데 아무것도 못해 pic.twitter.com/vJEqNPzx5n
— 유채 (@hwi_418) October 23, 2022
Guys, I was waiting outside for the Uber Eats that I orderedand I saw the company CEO hitting the members. I really didn’t know what to do since my hands were shaking so much. They were being hit right in front of me but I couldn’t do anything.
Additionally, SBS reported an exclusive statement from CEO Kang Seong Hee herself in which she addressed the abuse and defended her actions.
It’s a one-sided allegation started by an anti-fan who is hostile toward the management.
I was exhausted because I’ve been up for several nights in a row. I even had a bloody nose because I was so tired. But the members didn’t think to make me feel better. They didn’t care about me. So I felt upset and acted out of disappointment.
Usually, I’m extremely polite toward the members. I even use honorifics when I talk to them.
— Spire Entertainment CEO Kang Seong Hee
Since then, Spire Entertainment warranted more backlash after a video was released by SBS that showed Kang Seong Hee verbally abusing and then physically assaulting leader Jaehan, who appeared to be having a panic attack. The attacks toward the members continued even at their hotel, and additional witnesses reported more instances of mistreatment.
SBS News shared a clip of OMEGA X's Jaehan who was seen having a panic attack and the CEO yelled at him: “Stand up. Stop being a K-pop idol if you're always sick like this.”
DANG! These boys deserve better protection from this kind of CEO!pic.twitter.com/qkrYpzp6z0
— BL Update (@BLUPDATE2022) October 24, 2022
It appeared that OMEGA X were left stranded in Los Angeles as many staff left for Korea while the members’ plane tickets were canceled. It was reported that they were forced to pay for their own flights back to Korea (some with their parents’ help), which are priced on an average ₩975,000 KRW (about $675 USD).
We realized that the seats we originally booked could lead to the members sitting mixed with fans. So we talked about potentially canceling the tickets from three days ago. It is not true that we left the members behind on purpose.
— Spire Entertainment
Finally, OMEGA X safely arrived in Korea on October 25. They were met by FOR X, many who couldn’t hold tears upon seeing them, knowing what they had been through to get there.
Jaehan kept staring at for x and bowed.🥺#PROTECTOMEGAX
— 📌busy : 🍒니파다 ʚ♡⃛ɞ 마쁘랑🍒 (@mp_omegax) October 25, 2022
— ΩX #PROTECTOMEGAX (@omgxupdates) October 25, 2022
Yet, FOR X were not the only ones who greeted OMEGA X at the airport upon arrival. Spire Entertainment’s chairman Hwang Seong Woo (also known as Peter) also seemed to be there to greet them.
— 제현 (@j6hyun) October 25, 2022
Hwang Seong Woo is known to be the husband of CEO Kang Seong Hee. Hence, she has not received any repercussions for her actions at this point.
they are married how can the chairman and ceo both get kicked out…?@swhwang21 do you think you are innocent? I know why you are calling yourself the shadow now. you are just as nasty as her. You should go down with her. pic.twitter.com/KrbYTB3sfo
— zaryah #PROTECTOMEGAX (@hwichansgf) October 24, 2022
The worst thing is i honestly think that since the CEO and chairman are married, there’s a high chance she won’t be fired and will still be around the boys. It’s either they both leave, or they both stay #PROTECTOMEGA
— ⬖̇ Mayden (Mandy | 만디) | ΩΧ + 🗝 (@tamasbottomchin) October 24, 2022
a while ago i saw tikok of a girl who worked for an entertainment company in SK, op never mentioned names or the company name BUT she did mention that the ceo & chairman were married but she specifically talked about the wife and how it was a nightmare working with her https://t.co/nv2hlqokAc
— ⤮ n LINO DAY! #PROTECTOMEGAX (@starlostdubu) October 25, 2022
Previously, Chairman Hwang contacted CEO Kang after the abuse towards OMEGA X made the news. It appeared that he took her word for it regarding whether mistreatment occurred or not.
Chairman Hwang calls his wife, CEO Kang, to "confirm" that "no poor treatment" happened. We aren't making it out of this.
— 에린 ♡ 휘찬 📌 500DaysWithOX (@hwicetag) October 24, 2022
When the news first surfaced, some mistakingly thought that the Spire Entertainment CEO was a man, assumed to be Hwang. So, some FOR X tried to correct this issue, and Hwang even retweeted a post from his Twitter account. He previously created Twitter account @swhwang21 to share the OMEGA X members’ and FOR X’s posts. He also follows many fan accounts.
Not at the Spire chairman only RTed my tweet. Probably he want to say that he is not guilty as some mistook his name before but Mr. Hwang, you are in more higher position than CEO Kang right? PLS I hope you take the action to fire her out ASAP!
— Sofia ♡ 겸훈 (@BAILA_CON_OX) October 24, 2022
Considering that he has sat idly by as the members faced abuse at the hands of his wife and he did nothing to assist their return, FOR X feel that he had the nerve to not only greet them at the airport but hug them as if nothing had happened.
Chairman Hwang hugging them at the airport as if they didn't pay for those tickets home out of pocket.
— 에린 ♡ 휘찬 📌 500DaysWithOX (@hwicetag) October 25, 2022
this chairmen showing up to the airport like he didnt just make them pay for their own flight home out of pocket……now bffr
— i miss taedong #PROTECTOMEGAX (@mihermosaVENUS) October 25, 2022
— kai🏹💙 #PROTECTOMEGAX (@likebinarystar) October 25, 2022
While relieved that OMEGA X arrived in Korea safely, FOR X remain concerned for the members. So, they continue to spread awareness of the issues by trending #ProtectOMEGAX, #HearOmegaXVoice, and other hashtags.
Some FOR X are now saying that the man originally said to be Chairman Hwang is a father of an OMEGA X member.
So, its not Hwang's in the airport .. its omega x family 😭
— hara #protectomega_x! (@_kangchan5) October 25, 2022
Yet, it is not confirmed. Fans are not in agreement over whether or not family was present at the airport for OMEGA X’s arrival.
I still believe that they're junghoon's parents.. look at how comfortable junghoon's with them~
— hara #protectomega_x! (@_kangchan5) October 25, 2022