One of the many fun parts of K-Pop concerts besides lightsticks and freebies is waving banners to support your favs. For one thing, it often gets the artist’s attention.
And fans especially love to use not only idols’ hot concept photos but their iconic memes for the banners. These get just as much a reaction from them, if not more. For example, who can forget GOT7‘s Jackson Wang picking up the hand fan of his own meme?
Yet, K-Pop fans are now debating whether it is acceptable to make and use banners of a K-Pop idol’s meme at their concert.
In one moment, at the concert, Seungkwan shows only the audience. He points to one banner specifically before repeatedly making a cutting motion with his fingers, implying he wishes to cut it.
It was blurred in the video, but the banner in question is of him from when he dressed as the children’s animated character Anpanman in an old Halloween-themed episode of Going Seventeen. While CARATs thought he looked adorable dressed up, it’s not as fond of a memory for him.
After Seungkwan’s vlog was released and CARATs realized what he was indicating with the clip of him “cutting” the Anpanman meme banner, they took to social media. Many are attempting to inform their fellow CARATs never to use that meme, considering the artist himself appears to be very uncomfortable with it.
this video is a reminder to not use this specific seungkwan meme as your banner because even seungkwan himself wanted to cut it the moment he saw it pic.twitter.com/hDrXOmRboj
— ً (@alwaysboos) December 14, 2022
SEUNGKWAN WANTS TO CUT IT OUT WHEN HE SAW THAT THOMAS MEME BANNER😭IT'S REALLY NOT FUNNY AND UNCOMFY TOWARDS HIM SO PLS CARATS DO NOT BRING THAT THOMAS BANNER AGAIN IN BETS BULACAN PLSSSS pic.twitter.com/NLjTTQxJh9
— vina🌻 (@jeongprettyhan) December 14, 2022
boo cutting the anpanman banner ;-; let’s be mindful pls~ pic.twitter.com/s40eAykQS6
— hana ❁ (@min9yu_tttop) December 14, 2022
What do you think about the issue? Should fans stop using memes of idols for banners altogether or only if the idol explicitly expresses their dismay with it?