Asiatoday 2010-03-02 08:25
Recently, the video showing the scenes of some idol singers’ managers beating up the fans were posted on the internet continuously and it became the topic.
The manager of the new group ‘C and Blue’ hit a fan’s head and it rose to public criticism. And, the managers of Shiny and Dongbangshingi, the representative idol group of Korea, were violent to their fans and were criticized on the internet. It happened when the managers were trying to protect their singers from the fans who were rushing to them, but they could have inflicted injuries to their fans.
But the violent acts of singers’ managers to the fans weren’t only these groups’ problems. Sometimes it could be physical when the entertainers are coming to the concert or broadcasting, because it could be seen quite often that the fans surrounded the areas and closed the paths. Specially, it makes sense when managers complain that a little violence is inevitable to protect their singers.
But, no matter how much fans are obsessive and how much singers’ schedules are important, there is a border line for the fans. There was an episode of Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon that shows us how to treat the fans. Years ago, many Japanese fans gathered like a cloud at Baeksang Arts Awards that Bae Yong Joon attended. Their numbers were much more than those of the average idol singers.
Of course, they touched Bae Yong Joon’s body, got on his way, and took pictures of him. At that moment, his manager pushed a Japanese woman fan a little to control the situation. But, he scolded his manager temperamentally by saying, “Why are you so rude to her. She must be very tired from a long trip.” And he didn’t forget to apologize to her with his unique smile.
It’s natural that ‘without fans, there are no stars.’ Eventually, hectic schedule means meeting their fans. Idol groups and their management companies must think carefully, why has Bae Yong Joon stayed in the top spot for many years. Specially, if you want to stay in business.
Reporter Jung Jaeuk firstname.lastname@example.org