One of the most striking characteristics of K-Pop concerts is the beautiful “oceans” of light created by light sticks, which fans bring to show their support for their idols.
The purple ocean huhu pic.twitter.com/kRBsedzAer
— skylar (@wolfkim__) October 29, 2022
Lovesick Girls in the Pink Ocean pic.twitter.com/6R8MiC3UJD
— Tobias🏴☠️Sihyeon's Pirate🌌 (@InSomniaDiadem) October 27, 2022
These light sticks are custom-made for each group and intended to represent the fandom.
lightiny remains one of the prettiest lightsticks ever pic.twitter.com/UShp0U1UTi
— hongie (@HONGSMINGKI) October 25, 2022
Candy Bong Z so pretty 😍
— Kate | twice and le sserafim (@lesseratwicexx) October 2, 2022
Since light sticks are intended for performances, fans will bring their light sticks or purchase them at the venue when they attend concerts to get the full concert experience. Unfortunately, light sticks can be expensive, especially when fans belong to multiple K-Pop fandoms, and some groups (typically new K-Pop groups) don’t have official light sticks. This can lead to K-Pop fans bringing other artists’ light sticks to concerts, receiving mixed reactions from netizens.
— 🏎️ (@hrjlore) October 31, 2022
— Marcos⁷ (@MarcosCastroOl2) October 31, 2022
Netizens opposed to the idea of bringing another artist’s light stick to a concert suggest that it’s rude to “support” another artist at a concert.
cause this is actually rude and disrespectful. people saying they “dgaf” is making me lose trust less and less in society. y’all think you’re funny and cool but imagine how your faves would feel. it’s called a fandom lightstick for a reason. if ur a multi that’s ur problem. https://t.co/DqGcjzIa3h
— mrsdarcy. (@koko6op) October 31, 2022
Call me sensitive but imagine going to someone’s concert labelled as a fan of a different artist because of the lightstick you brought,, and stop with the “they cant see you anyway” excuse because what if they did
— gela saw txt :3 (@pastorShua) October 30, 2022
isn’t it basic decency to not bring another group’s lightstick when attending a concert…
— rie ✘ SAW TXT!!!!!!! (@vocalsoob) October 30, 2022
And are pointing out that fans are not required to bring light sticks, and since only the performing artist’s light stick would sync with the concert venue, it doesn’t make sense to bring any other.
PLEASE it’s not a requirement to bring a lightstick!! There are tons of unofficial ones outside if you want to hold something,, your lightstick cant be synced anyway!!
— gela saw txt :3 (@pastorShua) October 30, 2022
On the other side of the debate, fans are pointing out that bringing a light stick, regardless of whose light stick, is a way of preventing a “black ocean.” These “black oceans” are usually an organized protest of an artist during their performance when the audience will turn off their light sticks. In the past, these “black oceans” have been arranged by fans of different artists protesting a group and sometimes even by the artists’ fans themselves. Thus a way to avoid a “black ocean” would be to use a light stick, even if it was a different artist’s.
not people getting seriously mad
just imagine 3/4 of the people there go without bc you said so and the artists gets a black ocean yeah that would be a lot better right https://t.co/vcnomUYL15
— sana (@leemarkiposa) October 31, 2022
Other fans are explaining that they’d rather spend money on concert tickets than worry about having the light stick of every group they like.
I'd like to disagree, especially if you're a poor multistan. The chances of you having the lightstick of every group you like is low. Many people save their money purely for those concert tickets (if they can). I think y'all are weird for policing people about their lightsticks. https://t.co/MDpFnrKpnS
— ಇ Kaly ಇ (@sereneslove) October 31, 2022
Light sticks r literally so expensive i don’t think idols gaf https://t.co/bum81enK6J
— dino main🦦 || AR 69 (@yunsaur) October 31, 2022
Many fans are also sharing instances when K-Pop idols themselves have addressed the issue, sharing their gratitude at seeing other light sticks in the audience.
I don't have anything else to say to this other than the fact that regardless what fandom you come from, you will always be welcomed at #TWICE concerts and Onces will even be thrilled that other people are joining with their lightsticks because Twice taught us to be grateful😘 https://t.co/1YA6JEqV4k pic.twitter.com/obsHB1q1XI
— TWICE IS FOREVER 트와이스와_원스의_소중한7년 (@Illdsunbae09) October 31, 2022
— 아기뼈해장국 polina🤍💫CIX D-12 (@gonhuniverse) October 31, 2022
hard pull for kpop stan’s to swallow
the idols don’t give a fuck, all of them are just glad you’re at the show and supporting them with a light, the whole point of the lightstick is for the crowd to be bright and not have a black ocean. 🙂
— maddie ♡felixs goodnight kisses♡ #PROTECTOMEGAX (@seungslixie) October 31, 2022
What are your thoughts?
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