South Korean girl group aespa have become the target of sexual harassment following their performances at the all-boys school.
Members of K-pop group aespa harassed at a concert at an all-boys school in South Korea
According to Korea JoongAng Daily, aespa performed at a school festival at Kyungbock High School. The boys’ school, located in central Seoul, is the alma mater of Lee Soo Man, the head of aespa’s SM Entertainment agency. Rookie K-pop artists under the SM label have traditionally performed at the school festival over the years.
Controversy erupted when a number of boys rushed onto the stage uninvited during the performance to take pictures with the band, and then later when students invaded the aespa as the band left. With inadequate security and bodyguards, the members were caught off guard, restrained, and unable to leave the stage. The students were also seen taking photos with the members, with some even trying to touch them.
SM sent aespa to a boys school with 0 security (only 1 woman doing her best to protect them), the boys piled them in, pushed their cameras in their faces, made sexual harassment jokes with e/ o and the teachers, jumped on stage, made sexual captions on their messages..
They deserve HELL pic.twitter.com/2YttFXdVlt
— Sara ⧗ Moon Knight era (@WonderfulSone) May 2, 2022
Some photos containing sexually inappropriate comments later circulated online, sparking outrage among social media users and fans. Aespa fans and Korean netizens are expressing outrage at the behavior of the students as well as the general lack of security. “Secure aespa security” has been a trending hashtag on social media among MY, the name of aespa fans, since Monday.
According to the report, Kyungbock High School promptly posted an apology on its website for the students’ disorderly conduct, but denied that the inappropriate social media posts were made by its students. “After reviewing the matter and interviewing the students, we suspect that some foreigners who were not allowed to enter the school but came to see the show wrote such messages maliciously,” the school said. “We apologize again for damaging the honor of SM Entertainment and aespa.”
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