KPop sasaeng fans, or simply sasaengs, are one of the most bizarre things that every Korean celebrity must face. International fans are often stunned at the actions of these people. Several questions would pop in one’s head as these sasaengs make headlines with their disturbing actions. What’s their reason for hacking their idols’ social media accounts? How do they know the celebrity’s home address? Why does the sasaeng culture exist in South Korea?
The disturbing actions of KPop sasaeng fans
BTS’ Jungkook and GOT7’s Yugyeom are the latest victims of KPop sasaeng fans. According to Koreaboo, a fan somehow managed to take a picture of Jungkook while he was in the restroom during MAMA 2016. Despite the young idol’s request not to take any pictures, the fan ignored what Jungkook said and even uploaded it in his Snapchat account. BTS’ fans became outraged at the fan who invaded Jungkook’s privacy.
On the other hand, GOT7 held a fan meeting in Malaysia last December 4. A video of Yugyeom using the restroom was uploaded by a guy in his Twitter account. Fans of the group demanded for the culprit to take the video down and even asked GOT7’s agency to file a lawsuit. The Twitter account was made private by the owner due to the amount of hate he was receiving from fans.
These are not the only accounts of sasaeng fans attacking their idols. Two years ago, news about sasaengs crashing in the wedding of EXO Baekhyun’s brother filled the internet. In addition to that, Taecyeon from 2PM received a letter from a fan where she used her menstrual blood as ink. Super Junior’s Leeteuk and Heechul were involved in a 7-vehicle car accident after trying to evade sasaengs who were following them in the airport.
Why KPop sasaeng fans exist
Why do sasaengs act that way?
South Korea is a country where competition and the pressure to succeed among the youth is high. This could be the reason why the entertainment industry is highly embraced by the locals. In an article by Soompi, Korean celebrities, especially idols, are great at giving just the right amount of fanservice. During talk shows or fan meetings, members would tell funny stories about themselves that make fans feel friendly and closer to them. Fans then become curious on what their idols do when their schedule ends. Regular fans may not act upon that curiosity but sasaengs do. The desire to know more about their ‘oppas’ or ‘noonas’ may be their main motivation to turn to drastic measures just to get their idols’ attention.
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Although there is a law against juvenile acts among the youth in South Korea, it is still better for the sasaeng culture to not be encouraged both locally and internationally. It must be stopped for everyone’s sake, including the sasaengs themselves. In the end, celebrities are human too. They have their own rights and overall health to look out for. Even though fans are the main factors why idols earn money, fans should understand that giving support does not include disturbing acts that may pose as a risk to the idols’ physical and mental health.