SEVENTEEN are currently on their Be The Sun World Tour and have been having a great time putting on performances. Fans have had plenty of chances to interact with the group, with many saying this is the best tour the group have been on!
the one lucky carat who danced snapshoot in that onesie tiger outfit got cheol's bucket hat!!! pic.twitter.com/IDIOWlX8RM
— cy (@cheolliechwons) August 18, 2022
The group have also had plenty of opportunities to experience new things in each city they visit. Some of the members have taken to interacting with locals through various activities including singing at local pubs and pick-up games of basketball. Mingyu has taken to sharing their activities on his Instagram account for fans to see.
joshua singing sunday morning at a pub "im a guy called joshua" pic.twitter.com/FpHueL8Muf
— 🙂 (@sounds_of_cheol) August 16, 2022
Fans were excited to see and hear of the group being able to have fun, normal experiences after a local shared a short clip of them playing with the group on their Instagram stories. SEVENTEEN even sent a thank you message to the locals thanking them for playing with them!
The experience quickly changed from a wholesome interaction that fans were happy to see after CARATs discovered more clips of the group on some of the other locals’ accounts along with racist and rude comments. One account called SEVENTEEN another group’s name more than once and described playing with them as touching “their sweaty Korean bodies” with a misspelling of the romanization of saranghae attached.
Fans expressed their feelings on Twitter with many saying they felt sorry for SEVENTEEN having to deal with microaggressions like the accounts posted.
Microaggressions can be described as verbal slights that contain hostile or derogatory language towards a specific cultural group. By calling SEVENTEEN another random K-Pop group, they are insinuating all K-Pop groups are the same as well as the people, an idea that is inherently racist.
actually thought that seventeen playing basketball w locals so cute and wholesome not until i saw the guys actual ig full of weird embarrassing racist stories trashing the boys 😭 i felt so sorry for svt
— 🦋millie♡🩺 ° (@svtbests) August 27, 2022
could have stopped at calling svt ass at basketball but no they had to throw in microaggressions yea hope they trip and fall face first
— yams (@the8journal) August 27, 2022
In addition to this, a CARAT posted that their friends also played basketball with SEVENTEEN, and were gifted five free tickets to the group’s show. While fans are not sure if these are the same group of people, the idea that people who made racist comments about the group having personally gifted free tickets is extremely upsetting.
While their actions are deplorable, some CARATs are insisting that fans are going a bit too far with harassing the locals. Fans have allegedly left death threats and even began mass reporting their accounts in an effort to have them removed from the app.
About seventeen playing basketball with those racist high schoolers. What the said and did was wrong but please stop flooding their post with death threats. Please be more mature than them.
In no way am I trying to defend those boys but some carats are going too far#SEVENTEEN
— . (@elizabceth) August 27, 2022
Many. hope that this was a one time occurrence and that SEVENTEEN will hopefully continue to have positive interactions with fans and locals as they continue their US tour.