Netizens have brought up the issues of idols’ privacy after seeing SEVENTEEN Mingyu‘s reaction to seeing netizens filming him during a private schedule.
Netizens love it when they hear stories about idols from different groups meeting up, and considering that Mingyu is a social butterfly, it’s not surprising to see him with other idols.
A fan shared that while at a restaurant in Korea, they spotted SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu and Jeonghan with ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo and MONSTA X‘s Hyungwon.
Yet, while photos with descriptions of meeting idols normally don’t cause any concerns for privacy, netizens raised concerns after a video of the idols was shared online. Although the account that shared the video didn’t take the photo, they shared one uploaded by a netizen.
op saw mingyu today with monsta x's hyungwon and astro's cha eunwoo! they said the three of them ate together 🙂 pic.twitter.com/bgHYvvTOJu
— 🐶 (@gyumedia) June 20, 2023
While it wasn’t surprising that netizens couldn’t get enough of seeing idols from three groups together, most of the comments under the reposted video on Twitter were angry.
In particular, they noticed that while Mingyu was smiling throughout the video, his expression dropped when he seemingly spotted that he was being recorded. For many, it was obvious that Mingyu felt uncomfortable as he quickly seemed to get into the car.
When the video was shared, netizens shared their anger about it being shared publically, especially when it was a private schedule.
reminder not to post creepy videos seeing as they are an invasion or privacy & should not be normalized. https://t.co/UYFzS9Mf4I
— super nora (@darlingpixy) June 20, 2023
yo i dont even wanna press replay vid after i saw that look of him realizing that hes being filmed 🥶 https://t.co/veGQUjEaIO
— 몬치🗿 (@haikavehing) June 20, 2023
his smile dropped so instantly, as soon as he saw he was being recorded https://t.co/AcPusRSItR
— ᓚᘏᗢ (@requlus) June 20, 2023
qrts acting kinda weird saying "op is so lucky" or talking about mg's visuals idk maybe we should respect their privacy and not take vids like this to share on sns https://t.co/KgeFgoYM20
— angelika (@MlNGYUNO) June 20, 2023
intrusive filming even zooming & all when its clearly a private schedule, not even an ounce of respect to mingyu’s private space
big zone accounts should be at the frontline calling out intrusion of privacy like this but in caratland you’ll see them amplifying it even further 👎🏻 https://t.co/aQ86LqrJu9
— SUPER S | FML (@callmekpoppapi) June 20, 2023
In particular, other fans have shared how open Mingyu is about sharing moments with his friends if he wants to.
So, many believed they should understand that if he wanted to share the meeting with his friends, they should’ve waited for a photo or for him to mention it.
While the life of a K-Pop idol means people will be watching you even during private schedules, many believe that Mingyu’s expression should’ve been a sign not to share any videos. Although netizens love seeing idols from different groups hanging out with others, many fans believe it shouldn’t be shared without permission.