TXT have officially embarked on the North American leg of their 2022 TOMORROW X TOGETHER WORLD TOUR <ACT : LOVE SICK., starting in Chicago.
Previously, TXT held concerts in Seoul, South Korea. International MOAs (TXT fans) admired that the members interacted with the audience by walking through the crowd at the concert. While they hoped for TXT to do the same at their international shows, it didn’t seem likely considering how poor concert-goers, particularly in the U.S., have followed COVID-19 safety precautions recently.
— ✘ (@txtdreamiing) July 3, 2022
currently watching txt in seoul and they went into the audience , do yall think they will do that in america 🤔 i lowkey hope they dont for their safety
— abby ♡ (@jayytheeagle) July 3, 2022
Recently, there was controversy in the Stray Kids fandom concerning this topic. Shortly after they began their tour in the U.S., three members tested positive, and many Stays (Stray Kids fans) felt like it was due to a large number of maskless attendees.
Consequently, two concerts immediately were postponed. Considering others travel, this caused frustration for many.
notice how everyone in korea and japan wore their masks and there were no issues ??? 😵💫😵💫
— c.🧋D-2 (@astronautskz) July 3, 2022
there is literally no excuse NONE. pic.twitter.com/5R2MZFJPLI
— 🛒🐇 (@scbbit) July 3, 2022
So, ahead of TXT’s U.S. tour, netizens have been spreading the word and advising their fellow MOAs to mask up out of concern for something similar happening.
IMPORTANT during concerts:
1. Pls, wear a mask even if rules allow not to. Keep everyone safe!
2. Do not throw things at TXT. Wave the flowers/etc for them to see it & they will take it themselves.
3. If there will be interaction w a crowd like in Seoul then do not leave ur seat!
— Т✘Т☆ВООK🌹tubatouring (@txt_book) July 3, 2022
US moas i dont know your mask regulations there but please for the safety of everyone and TXT. Im begging you to wear your mask and get your boosters 🙏 EVERYONE attending TXT concert pls wear your mask 😭🙏
— ✘⁵ Anna ⁷ 🃏| on holiday (@FloralSoobin) July 4, 2022
We certainly don’t want any TXT members getting sick, especially not on tour.
also for US moa who wears mask if you saw moas who dont wear one please remind them to wear a mask during the concert 🤍 this is for our boys safety and health. we dont want anything happen to them during this tour 🙏🏻 hopefully everyone will cooperate for the sake of txt thank u
— 𝓳𝓲𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓮⁷🃏✘⁵ (@jinniekink) July 6, 2022
Regardless, some fans who were already sick chose to attend anyway. So, even more, MOAs were urged to be cautious.
Someone in section 209 has tested positive for COVID and is still attending.
— shannon| skz atl when???? (@gyufairie_) July 8, 2022
MOAs I just found out via tik tok that someone at the Chicago show sitting in section 209 tested positive for covid and still is attending the show please be cautious and wear your masks. #TXT_WORLD_TOUR #TXTinChicago
— Yizzle🦋 (@yizzle_bizzle) July 8, 2022
Now, the day came, and TXT performed a successful first show. Yet, sure enough, many people in attendance were maskless.
apparently a lot of ppl aren’t wearing masks ???…… YEONJUN IS NOT GNA JUMP INTO THE CROWD & KISS U PUT THOSE THINGS ON RN 👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹 pic.twitter.com/ntnws7QtnC
— ˗ˏˋ ev ˎˊ˗ (@13yjn) July 8, 2022
Still, TXT had chosen to trust MOAs and walk into the audience anyway.
— night🧑🏽💻 TODAY🎉 (@lCYKISS) July 8, 2022
It excited everyone to see TXT up close and personal like that. The members went into the crowd just like they had done for their previous shows.
— lee ✨txt chicago ✨ (@EYE5OFLEE) July 8, 2022
The above video went viral with 128.4K views at the time of writing. Yet, many netizens expressed concern for TXT.
Viewers of the video couldn’t help but notice that several people in the crowd, even right next to TXT, were bare-faced.
MOAs online were horrified to see the lack of safety on the part of those. So, the majority of comments called out the “reckless behavior” of non-maskers.
One common excuse for choosing not to wear a mask at a concert is that it may limit interactions with one’s idol. However, many MOAs pointed out that the TXT members showed a preference for those wearing masks.
notice how yeonjun came to someone with a mask 🤷 pic.twitter.com/gNRU7SRhC9
— 𓃦 (@4jjuni) July 8, 2022
“JSJSJSJSS guys soobin locked eyes with me” cause u not wearing a mask girl 😭😭
— kay ✘ is seeing txt (@kazivert) July 7, 2022
— ⭑ (@ben9yu) July 8, 2022
— act:🦔✘🐰=`🍮´ (@_yellowbunny) July 8, 2022
If that isn’t reason enough to want to wear a mask, others reminded potential concertgoers that there are still several stops for the tour; it’s just the beginning. We can’t afford members getting sick and the tour postponed while they’re already abroad. Unfortunately, after seeing the video, many have lost hope for their concerts, worried that TXT could have easily contracted COVID-19.
if txt walk around the crowd during any song keep ur distance and do not crowd them and PLS wear your mask! there’s a lot of people that have paid for nonrefundable flights for later shows that they will lose if they get sick because you didn’t want to wear ur masks #TXTinChicago
— lourdes is seeing txt (@luvr4beom) July 7, 2022
WEAR YOUR MASK CHICAGO MOAS PLEASEEE DONT LET YOUR SELF-INTEREST HALTED THE WHOLE TOUR INCASE IF SMTH WE DONT WANT HAPPENED. U WILL STILL LOOK PRETTY WITH MASK ON. U CAN STILL SCREAM WITH THEM ON. SO PLEASE FOR MOAS AND TXT. WEAR YOUR MASK ON!
— m✘rga | yeaah i was stUupidd (@luvlytxt553) July 8, 2022
new york, atlanta, dallas, houston, and the rest of america I BEG YOU. MAKE A BETTER CROWD FOR TXT. MEMORIZE FANCHANTS AND DO NOT IGNORE THE MEMBERS. AND PLEASE!!!! WEAR A MASK!!!
— aze. (@kmthsgf) July 8, 2022
So, concertgoers are being urged by their fellow MOAs to follow all safety precautions regarding COVID-19. It is for the sake of all those attending the concert with them and, of course, TXT themselves.
moas who are close to the stage aren't wearing mask dang THINK OF OTHER'S SAFETY ESP TXT! even if u are vaccinated u can still catch covid, if you dont want to wear a mask then dont open your mouth for the entire concert ekdujwsm
— act:ً re✘se (@yeontxtyun) July 7, 2022
guys I know some of you are so very excited to be seeing txt but remember that there is still a pandemic going on so please think twice before going to a concert w/o a mask esp with all these txt interactions. people could get sick so be mindful of all the people around you
— hourly soobin (@csbshour) July 8, 2022
— hourly soogyu (@hourlydanjjakz) July 8, 2022