EXO Fandom Banned From Inkigayo Tapings, 'Extreme, Dangerous Fan Behavior'
By Staff Writer | August 04, 2013 06:31 PM EDT
They have finally done it. EXO fans have gone and gotten themselves banned from entering the live tapings of SBS's music show Inkigayo.
Okay, to be completely fair, it was not the doing of all EXO fans, but rather a case of a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.
Since coming back in May with "Wolf," the twelve members of EXO have been rapidly gaining popularity and attention around the world.
However, part of the attention they have received has been due to some over-the-top behavior by certain members of the fandom.
These extreme fans, sometimes referred to as 'Sasaeng Fans,' don't seem to understand boundaries or what sort of behavior is acceptable when showing support for their favorite idol group.
In a notice released by the producers of Inkigayo, addressed the safety concerns surrounding the EXO fandom.
The notification alerted attendees of the live music show that they would no longer be distributing entrance tickets specifically to the EXO fandom.
The reasoning given for the ban is that the fans have failed to follow staff directions and have broken many of the safety rules in place to ensure all patrons of Inkigayo are able to safely enjoy the program.
Some of the many rules repeatedly broken by EXO fans both inside and outside the show's recording hall include chasing the EXO members and running into the streets to follow them, using their cheering tools in ways that put other guests at risk, and general extreme mob behavior.
The Inkigayo producers also mentioned that on multiple occasions the police have even had to intervene.
Whether or not the banishment is warranted, the news has rightfully upset many domicile EXO fans who now have to suffer the consequences of being a part of a fandom with such a bad reputation.
Furthermore, the excessive fan behavior has started to negatively affect the group members themselves. Not only have the EXO guys been the direct victims of these unrelenting fans (invasion of privacy, stalking, etc.), but they have also developed a negative stigma as a result of their fandom.
Many programs and events have had to reconsider asking for the group's participation because of the unpredictable fans, or have had to beef up security to protect the stars and the other attendees.
Inkigayo is the first program to issue a complete official ban, and if the EXO fans continue as they are now, it is likely many more shows will begin to follow suit.
Are you a fan? What do you think about this recent ban?
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