The annual year-end 2022 MBC Gayo Daejejeon recently took place, gathering many of K-Pop’s top artists as they conclude the year with exciting performances, collaborations, and idol interactions.
The 2022 MBC Gayo Daejejeon included performances by artists from each generation of K-Pop, but the majority were from the third and fourth generations.
While the iconic collaborations and heartwarming interactions between groups were exciting for netizens to see, fans quickly took notice of disrespectful actions towards MONSTA X and ASTRO‘s Moonbin and Sanha as the ceremony was coming to a close.
[Video | 31.12.22] MONSTA X junto a Moonbin y Sanha de ASTRO al final de MBC Gayo daejejeon
— Monsta X Clan Spain ⋈ Fan account (@MonstaXClanSP) January 1, 2023
Towards the end of the show, multiple groups gathered on stage for a collaborative performance.
As they got ready to ring in the new year, fans spotted a member of MBC‘s staff redirecting MONSTA X from their position at the front of the stage to a dark corner, which ended up being out of the camera’s frame.
— ☆WN♡WH☆ (@sanghi2023) January 4, 2023
Reviewing fan-taken videos, netizens noticed MONSTA X politely complying with the staff’s directions but appearing frustrated as they settled into their new spot. As the group had more seniority than many of the groups in attendance, fans called out MBC for their decision to move them from the front.
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— 라미라미미 (@ramiramimi_mx) January 1, 2023
their faces when that staff told them to move to the outermost corner of the stage even though the stage was half-empty 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/JC71T7LlSt
— d-4 to beautiful liar!! 🔗 (@gogumapatatas) January 2, 2023
ASTRO’s Moonbin and Sanha, also 3rd-gen idols, were spotted standing with MONSTA X in the undesirable spot as well. The decision to move the groups caused outrage as fans quickly trended #RespectMonstaX and #RespectASTRO on Twitter, calling attention to the incident.
The MINIMUM thing that a group with a GREAT career needs,with more than 7years in industry, with a LOT of contribution to K-pop and the music world is an apology and if @withMBC have the MINIMUM value they will do it, MBB and MONSTA X aren't going to tolerate this#respectmonstax pic.twitter.com/oJ3CIdBa1j
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— vii⁷⁷⁷ | 명준아_난_기다리고_있어 (@smileyemzeyy) January 3, 2023
Anger grew as netizens realized that MONSTA X and ASTRO’s Moonbin and Sanha were later missing from the 2022 MBC Gayo Daejejeon group photos.
— REASON | ارهي (@95Are95) January 3, 2023
Fans are calling for an acknowledgment of the incident and an apology from MBC, expressing that moving any group to that corner would be disrespectful, but especially took issue as ASTRO and MONSTA X were two of the more senior groups.
Please give us an explanation as to why a 7 year-old senior group was told to stand on the far side, when there's still a space in the middle, which caused them to be cut from the final photo, and why you posted photos from all performers except Monsta X.@withMBC #RespectMonstaX pic.twitter.com/a3Y7Tk2Ru8
— shall we dance on the moonlight?🌙 fan account (@nomnomsta_x) January 3, 2023
They deserve to be at the center of the stage, just like the other groups
— Guio💙 (@_mylittleotter_) January 3, 2023
As of now, MBC has not released a statement regarding the incident.
MONSTA X and ASTRO weren’t the only idol groups that were on the receiving end of perceived mistreatment. Netizens noticed stark differences in Stray Kids‘ Felix and Lee Know‘s individual fancams from the 2022 MBC Gayo Daejejeon.
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