As part of the K-Pop community, fans are often treated to not just catchy tunes and charismatic performances but also a rare glimpse into the fiercely loyal fandom culture. Unfortunately, this loyalty sometimes crosses boundaries, creating situations that endanger the very idols they cherish. A recent video of SEVENTEEN’s Jun at the airport stands as a stark reminder of the perils these artists face in their day-to-day lives.
Circulating virally among K-Pop enthusiasts, the video displays a shocking scene: Jun, after getting off his flight in China, surrounded by clamoring fans and reporters. Shot from an overhead perspective, it offers a view markedly different from the typical close-ups — which usually result from aggressive pushing.
This angle provides a broader, more comprehensive visualization of the chaos that ensues when an idol is swarmed by overenthusiastic admirers.
In an attempt to ensure Jun’s safety and privacy, it appeared as though he had waited for all passengers to move through the gate before making his own exit, accompanied by a handful of staff members. The moment he steps into the public domain, an excited chorus of cheers erupts. But, as he draws nearer to the mass of fans, the scene takes a distressing turn.
Eager fans, unable to contain their excitement, lunge forward, jostling past the overwhelmed staff in a desperate attempt to touch or even grab the star.
One man audaciously breaks through the protective barrier, wrapping an uninvited arm around the visibly shaken Jun.
In the wake of the video’s release, the online K-Pop community has voiced growing concerns regarding the safety of idols at public locations, especially airports. A burgeoning sentiment is evident in the plea: “Stop going to airports.” Many are calling for increased security protocols, while others suggest that fans should adopt a more respectful distance when their favorite artists are in transit.
this is just too much 💔
— 밍구워누 ⨟ (@meaniehoon) September 25, 2023
i am so pissed at pledis cos this isnt the first time that jun got mobbed but they are still not giving him more bodyguards at the airport??? pic.twitter.com/Pm4PDpobap
— R 🌧️🖤 (@pupmingoo) September 26, 2023
and y'all think it's okay to mob him (or anyone) at the airport. I feel so bad for jun :/ I hope he's doing alright after all that https://t.co/ynhXooPnn1
— eliza ☁️ IN SEVENTEENTH HEAVEN (@thinkofchwe) September 25, 2023
However, the challenge lies in striking a balance. As much as fans crave personal interactions and fleeting moments with their idols, it’s crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of these artists.
This is the only airport video I will show because it shows a broader view of what these idols deal with. This is a SVT member. They swarmed him! People were grabbing him. The man in orange hat hugged him. It’s awful. Stop going to airports! pic.twitter.com/9lM75uMOYg
— ✨JCPurpleARMY✨ (@JCPurpleARMY) September 26, 2023
A momentary thrill for a fan can lead to lasting trauma for an idol, as the recent video hauntingly underscores.
Though the K-Pop industry thrives on the love and dedication of its fans, it’s imperative to establish and adhere to boundaries. The recent video of Jun’s airport ordeal is a wake-up call, underscoring the need for change. Fans, management companies, and security personnel must work hand-in-hand to ensure that idols can navigate their public lives without fear.