After a lot of controversies and changes in the lineup, the 2023 World Scout Jamboree has come under fire again for its unsafe conditions for the K-Pop idols performing ahead of the show,
While many of the artists changed, one of the biggest idols to perform is NewJeans.
On August 11, ahead of the show, videos of some of the groups performing were shared online. One of those was NewJeans. Straight away, netizens noticed the conditions they were practicing in.
In the video, the members were practicing under a tent, and from those around them, it was clear that it was or had been raining as people were standing under umbrellas and wearing cagoules.
In particular, while the members were covered during their rehearsal, it was clear that the floor was wet and slippery. Even a tent wouldn’t have been able to protect the stage from getting wet, and it could be very dangerous for artists, especially those dancing.
When the video was shared online, some fans praised the members for being so professional.
idk they'll never cancel i just hope it doesn't rain durimg the whole thing and also my girls dancing as hard even in rehearsals 🥲 https://t.co/ZguoJuJIyY
— 🤔 (@breadsaz) August 11, 2023
Yet, while some praised the members’ professionalism, the main consensus was anger over the dangerous conditions the artists had to practice and eventually perform with. Considering how upbeat and intense K-Pop idols’ dances are, the stage being wet could cause serious damage.
Having them practice in this weather is insane, they just need to cancel the event! https://t.co/TVt2TRL2lF
— ador anti #LOLLAJEANS (@DENIMPRINT) August 11, 2023
oh nah,, that's just so bad… these girls are literally risking their health and safety. ://
whoever organized that event is so fkn greedy, like no concern to the people and artists who will be there https://t.co/JFTw9q93DY
— 𝗴𝗲𝗹 🝮 (@ivecouture) August 11, 2023
istg if somebody gets hurt while performing… like the floor looks so slippery pls stay safe girls https://t.co/Sn6io9BPDA
— nini ୨୧ (@minjigrl) August 11, 2023
yeah theyre not serious abt this right https://t.co/gVfkwlkG0n
— yukika fans bikini bottom|DM LIMITED 💋 (@zb1tokki) August 11, 2023
Rehearsal with a tent why they think this is a good weather to perform in? The concert need to cancel. For safety https://t.co/gGbdL5qNyF
— Natsu夏🐇 (@Tokkieeeee) August 11, 2023
In particular, even the members acknowledged the dangers as Danielle shared a tweet saying, “Stay safe and see u ASAP.”
— NewJeans (@NewJeans_twt) August 11, 2023
Yet, it wasn’t just NewJeans’ concert rehearsals that had fans concerned. In another video, boy group P1Harmony was also spotted rehearsing in the rain and under a tent.
While the members were not using their full energy, which would’ve been unsafe, netizens continued to struggle to understand how it was still going on.
The festival was first canceled due to the danger of the heat, yet for many, the rain is even more dangerous for the stars performing on stage.
this festival is so stupid cause they cancelled it because of the heat but they cant do it when there is a whole typhoon?? and the stage?? THIS IS SO DANGEROUS https://t.co/KjvQEtqHal
— sima 🍰 (@ounglvr) August 11, 2023
this is dumb asfk they rlly could’ve jus cancelled the whole thing https://t.co/Q4yax7H6qM
— #TXTPALOOZA (@kyofrl) August 11, 2023
Although K-Pop idols are trained to perform in many conditions, going on stage following a typhoon and with rain is very unsafe.