Netizens have raised anger after SM Entertainment‘s newest boy group RIIZE‘s “Traumatic” experience at the airport after an overseas schedule.
Although the group has just debuted, the members have already stolen the hearts of fans with their talent, stage presence, and visuals.
Considering their rising popularity, it’s not surprising that as many fans want to see them as possible. However, the group’s recent arrival back to Korea from an overseas schedule has shown why the topic of airport etiquette and safety has become such a huge issue.
On October 15, the members returned from a schedule. In a video going viral, as soon as the members walked into the main part of the airport, fans immediately started pushing forward.
In particular, as more members came forward, the crowds seemed to swamp the members, and Anton was seen being pushed by fans and engulfed by a large number of people trying to get through the door.
As Anton was being pushed, along with the security guards, it’s not surprising that the young idol seemed startled and uncomfortable by what was happening.
If that wasn’t enough, as the video continued, fans saw Shotaro being pushed in a similar way. Yet, rather than concern or worry, one of the veteran idols in the group seemed angry at the situation that took place.
When the videos were shared, not only were Korean netizens appalled by the treatment the young idols had, but international netizens called out SM Entertainment for not providing proper security for the members.
📣ATTENTION BRIIZES: Report to KWANGYA 119
RIIZE has been mobbed at the airport yet again. We have decided to finally try and ask SM Entertainment for extra measures on RIIZE’s future airport security. We ask everyone to report this in KWANGYA 119.
We thank you in advance for… pic.twitter.com/YlVg1KJE13
— RIIZE PROTECTION TEAM (@PROTECT_RIIZE) October 16, 2023
the situation at their airport today was extremely unacceptable and messy. people have got to give them room when they arrive and not mob them.
— riize folder (@riizefolder) October 15, 2023
this was the crowd that greeted the members when they arrived in korea? how many times do we have to see them go through this before they actually get proper security? this is insane pic.twitter.com/MPVknYkVrx
— saf 🚀🧡🧋 (@tarosfile) October 15, 2023
hell, some knetz don't have respect at all ngl pic.twitter.com/5UaUYIjJNl
— sol (@soheescore) October 15, 2023
Others also showed the stark contrast of RIIZE’s experience as they were leaving Japan to go to Korea, with the crowds much smaller and more respectful to the personal space and safety of the members.
same day, few hours apart
(left) KIX airport in japan
(right) GMP airport in korea
let’s learn to respect the idols we support, please. pic.twitter.com/12foyUA7wC
— ૮ • ﻌ • ა (@brachioblues) October 15, 2023
Although netizens keep demanding more strict rules when it comes to idols at the airport, it seems like companies are not making the changes. In particular, after many examples of rookie groups being mobbed, there should be significant protection for the idols or a rule that netizens can’t be at the airport when they arrive.