Recently, a leaked voice recording of NCT‘s Haechan made its rounds on social media. The call was made by a sasaeng who was believed to be either his alleged girlfriend or his younger brother’s girlfriend.
— 호카손자 (@hoooootguy1) January 12, 2023
- Sasaeng: “Sigh, hello. Why is it oppa that’s picking up?”
- Haechan: “Hello?”
- Haechan: “Ah, you really don’t know when you should be scared. I’ll be suing you. I’m hanging up.”
An explanation of how the call ended up being leaked gave some background on why this single event occurred but lately, more and more invasions of idols’ privacy have been occurring due to sasaengs calling them.
Sasaeng fans, or stalker fans, are known to do about anything to get the attention of the idol they like (or dislike), including following them home, doing disgusting and dangerous acts, and harassing and contacting idols’ personal phones.
Idols, including NCT‘s Taeyong, have described the stress that sasaeng fans cause them by calling their phones. In November 2022, BTOB‘s Sungjae even returned to Twitter to call out a sasaeng for selling his and other idols’ phone numbers.
221027 Taeyong ig live
Don't call me, it really stresses me out. The people who called are the minority but they are really selfish. I really don’t know why they do such a selfish thing just for their own gain. Don't call me. pic.twitter.com/UWhGLsduih
— 어둠속의빛♡ 𝘼𝙮-𝙔𝙤 (@TyonggTyonggg) October 27, 2022
저기 그러다 신고당해요…
— 육성재 (@BTOB_6SJ) November 20, 2022
Excuse me, you’re going to get reported doing that…
— BTOB’s Sungjae
Clips of stalkers contacting different idols have begun circulating more and more, like the below clip of another sasaeng calling Haechan.
공중전화로 이해찬한테 전화하는 사생 pic.twitter.com/SZ2SfFskwx
— . (@cnekxjwo) January 16, 2023
- Twitter caption: A sasaeng calling Haechan from a public phone booth.
- Video translation: Oppa, this is Yewon. I need to go home, but I missed my bus, could you call a taxi for me? He picked up! He picked up and hung up.
Recordings of sasaengs calling THE BOYZ‘s Hyunjae and several NCT members, including Renjun, Jeno, Jungwoo, and Taeil were shared in a thread that detailed multiple people contacting them via call and text.
— ㅋ (@haehaehar_ren) January 16, 2023
Fans have begun demanding that SM Entertainment take action against these invasions of privacy and work harder to protect their artists.
wtaf is this??????????? don't you have lives to live???? let him rest ffs!! @SMTOWNGLOBAL you seriously need to monitor your staff more bc no one would sell/spread personal information of your artists besides them !! considering your artists are so nice to your staff smh https://t.co/SO0fKXBwI1
— َ🍪 (@yelIowflowers) January 17, 2023
How are you too good at reporting any live streaming from any paid concert you offer, or to report anyone who shares LYSN content but you can not do anything to protect your artists privacy? @SMTOWN_USA @SMTOWNGLOBAL https://t.co/s2UC0axv3K
— mo (@jenctaeil) January 17, 2023
i really don't understand why kpop company are this slow to take decisions for these situation… this is horrible it's not even 1% of what they undergo https://t.co/TXKEROokiz
— ًً (@hcenji) January 17, 2023
This is just one more instance that NCT members have had to deal with stalker fans recently.