The different WATERBOMB Festival shows have become a hot topic for fans. Idols of all ages and experiences put on amazing shows with fans where they interact and are sprayed with water.
Yet, a recent clip from Nagoya WATERBOMB Festival 2023 raised concerns after photos and videos were shown of a second-generation idol being touched inappropriately during the show, and it was Super Junior‘s Donghae.
On July 23, Donghae and Eunhyuk performed at the iconic festival. Unsurprisingly, they stole the hearts of fans with their fierce performances and unrivaled visuals.
— dumbbell💙 (@Donghae_AR) July 23, 2023
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— 🌞 𝗗𝗻𝗘 🌛 (@Eunhae0404_1510) July 23, 2023
— SilverMonique (@SilverMonique) July 23, 2023
Yet, while the performance was amazing, netizens raised concerns after photos of Donghae being “inappropriately” touched were shared online.
One OP shared the photos online and shared their “jealousy” about the actions.
— 🫐Saler_🐯✨ (@Super_SalerJ) July 23, 2023
This girl firstly touched Lee Donghae’s chest
And then Lee Donghae touched her hand
And then their fingers intertwined
Jealousy is an ugly trait.
Yet, while the OP of the tweet felt “Jealous,” other netizens online couldn’t hide their anger, even describing the actions as “harassment” as he was being touched without his consent and inappropriately. In particular, many were angry that Donghae wanted to interact with fans, but his personal space wasn’t being respected.
yo this is fucking sexual harassment. idols are still humans so please respect dh’s personal space even if he willingly came down the stage to interact with the audience. https://t.co/MnbZCIFCaV
— eri | ∞ • 07/31 (@lhjx86) July 23, 2023
— Elf 🍒☁️|SJ full team & 📽️ Yessay ლ(^o^ლ) (@just_orie) July 24, 2023
This is really not okay? ? 😞 he's not there for fans to touch😡 https://t.co/JTJSoc32Az
— c h a 🕊️ (@eiicharu) July 24, 2023
this is crossing the line… you are there to watch the show, not grope the performers 😭 https://t.co/8NYSZqWy3o
— marlaur (@hyukigayo) July 23, 2023
Please please please KNOW YOUR PLACE. There's a limit to everything and touching a part of his body like that despite how attractive it looked is NOT OKAY.
It's obvious how it made him completely uncomfortable too with the way he pushed her hand away in the third pic! 😡😡😡🤬 https://t.co/VsGW4zoFon
— 🌸🐯 D-야나 🐯🌸 (@dieyanakhj) July 23, 2023
There is nothing to be jealous of , this Is called sex&&& harassment !!!! Y’all disgusting mfs !!! https://t.co/FmDUXE79KP
— 🖤💗 (@mimikbpsj) July 23, 2023
When a video was posted, Donghae seemed excited to walk into the crowd and interact with the fans personally.
The fan first touched Donghae, and the idol remained professional as netizens noticed that he kept trying to move it.
It happened again but as if he expected it, Donghae quickly took hold of the fan’s hand. While it could have been seen as a sweet gesture, some thought it was a polite way to stop the fan from touching his chest again.
Although Donghae is a veteran idol, netizens believed that there have to be boundaries as a fan. The idol wanted to interact with the audience properly, but it wouldn’t be surprising if actions like this made them more wary in the future.