THE BOYZ Fans Call Out The Company For Discrimination And Mistreatment Against Korean Fans

They claim to have been mistreated during overseas concerts.

THE BOYZ is currently on their world tour for THE B-ZONE. As they travel various countries, some of their domestic fans from South Korea took the opportunity to travel as well. These fans specially made the effort to travel to other nations just to see the boys in action. However, discriminatory treatment from THE BOYZ’s management caused an uproar.

THE BOYZ on their world tour. | @we_the_boyz/Twitter

Many Korean fans of THE BOYZ took to Twitter to voice their concerns. They claimed that the management was strict with Korean fans specifically, with the staff threatening to punish them if they took photographs. Fans took particular issue with the staff threatening to “punish” them as the term reads as derogatory.

They came to the place where the fans were gathered and told us, “if you keep taking photos, we’ll gather you guys and order punishment to be carried out.” As soon as the [fans] there heard it, we were like ???? because how could they tell us that they would order punishment to be mete on us like we were their subordinates if we took photos?

— Korean fan

Fans claimed that the staff instructed the Delta Airways staff to force Korean fans to comply before letting them board.

Even at the plane, LOL. They made only the Korean fans keep their phones in their bags otherwise they wouldn’t let us board. They said they wouldn’t let us board so the Delta staff checked that the Korean fans kept their phones in their bags before bringing us on board as a group.

— Korean fan

Fans also claimed that the staff took photos of the Korean fans without permission just so that they could get familiar with the faces of the Korean fans. Although Korean fans acknowledge that staff could have been strict on Korean fans to prevent sasaengs from following the boys to overseas schedules, they question why other Korean fans have to be discriminated against even when they abide by the rules.

As to why IST Entertainment took photos of our faces, it was to circulate around their staff. But what’s doubtful is that I don’t think that they would even be able to remember the fans’ faces even if they circulate [the photos]. Rather than wasting time on taking such photos, they should focus on getting the PDFs ready to file lawsuits [against malicious posts] and they would earn as much money in settlements as they did from making and selling lucky-draw goods.

— Korean fan

These fans were even threatened by the staff.

Why would they even say that they took photographs of the Korean fans’ faces so we shouldn’t even dream about watching the concert…? The tickets were 100% bought by our own money lol.

— Korean fan

On the other hand, Korean fans pointed out that international fans who had followed THE BOYZ to the United States had their phones out without issue, and even managed to take photos of the boys to and from the plane.

This was not the first time that this has happened. Korean fans shared anecdotes from previous overseas concerts. During the Southeast Asian leg of their previous tour, fans complained that the management demanded Korean fans only to keep electronics in their bags before allowing them to board, as well as ordered their bodies to be searched.

#THEBOYZ #CREKER They did that in Jakarta as well, going after the Koreans only like they were chasing rats. Is it a crime to go see a concert overseas from Korea? F*ck then they should’ve put up a notice to tell Korean fans not to come. They spent the entire concert hovering near the Korean fans they recognized, and shone flashlights and lasers at us. It’s good enough to to have just searched us during the bag checks so why were they being like that?

— Korean fan

#THEBOYZ #CREKER That one male Korean staff who stood next to the entrance line for the Manila fan concert, sipping his drink. He ordered body searches to be conducted strictly only for the Korean fans, telling [the staff] to touch our chests, between our legs and to spread our legs wider. Don’t you know what generation it is? What’s with the sexual harassment? LOL are you crazy? Just because we can’t report you because we’re overseas?

— Korean fan

Cre.Ker Entertainment have yet to respond to the issue.

Source: theqoo