A fan interaction at a fan signing event of NewJeans has ignited a debate on appropriate fan behavior and idol safety.
The incident, captured in two viral video clips, shows a middle-aged male fan engaging in gestures that many deem as inappropriate towards the 15-year-old maknae of NewJeans, Hyein. The video has sparked a discussion across social media platforms.
The footage, recorded on August 29th, portrays the middle-aged male fan persistently attempting to hold the hands of NewJeans members. Even Hyein was not spared from the uncomfortable encounter as she was seen retracting her hand from the man’s advances. The group’s manager, who was present at the event, promptly intervened, advising the fan to cease his actions and urging him to respect the boundaries.
The incident has drawn sharp criticism from numerous netizens, who argue that such behavior is entirely inappropriate and infringes upon the safety and comfort of the idols.
The incident has reignited concerns about the security and protection of underage idols during public events, particularly during fan gatherings where emotions often run high. Fans are expressing their hopes that HYBE take more proactive measures to ensure the well-being of NewJeans, especially when the members are so young.
However, amidst the criticism, there is a faction of netizens who come to the defense of the male fan, suggesting that his action was merely a result of natural reflexes during conversation. They assert that he did not intend any harm or discomfort to Hyein and that the situation is being blown out of proportion.