Fans of K-pop supergroup EXO expressed outrage over laser pointer “attacks” the band members experienced during a concert in Macau.
Footage of such an incident taken during the concert emerged online on Saturday, infuriating many fans who cited the potential harm laser pens can do to the human eye.
I don’t know who are you (who’s pointing his/her laser(?) at sehun), but WTF! leave my boys alone! 😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠 pic.twitter.com/XqErKtYEQv
— This ‘ㅅ’ is me, right? (@exosmochi) August 10, 2018
In the video, EXO members can be seen with laser marks on their face and forehead.
Please take the members’ safety seriously. They’re very precious to us! pic.twitter.com/FiI2pEVKsw
— INTEXOLTEAM 🌐 (@intexolteam) August 10, 2018
The hashtag “#SM_Protect_Your_Singers” which criticized the alleged poor security management during the event, soon became a trending topic on social media.
Fans spotted atleast 2 people with the laser pens?? They pointed it towards members that were near to their area. What kind of a sick joke is this..it can bring big damage to their eyes 아니시발진짜레이저쏜거야?미친건가 존나오바야눈에잘못쏘면실명되는거 아녜요?#ElyXiOndotinMacao pic.twitter.com/LTTlKtDFRD
— 갓종인♡ [국가픽 엑소] (@dyo_00) August 10, 2018
To emphasize their point that the lasers are harmful, fans uploaded other photos in which the members were allegedly protecting their own eyes.
— ✨designer byun✨ (@OFFICIALMOCHII) August 11, 2018
One fan even lamented the size of the laser pen, noting that it was “as big as a 500 won coin.”
AllKpop collected some of the comments from fans condemning the act.
“Imagine buying tickets for a concert (they’d have to be pretty good, expensive ones), buying a laser pen, traveling all the way to the concert and back – going through all of this effort for a group they supposedly ‘hate’ just to do this??” one netizen wrote.
“Sick in the head. hope sm and the coordinators could protect them more,” an EXO fan expressed.
“Why the hell would anyone pay good money for concert tickets just to do something like this?! Pity Security didn’t catch them.” said another commenter.
-Only Eribong is allowed into the venue
-Security will be stricter
-If anyone is found bringing in things that are not allowed, the staff has the rights to confiscate it #EXO #EXOPLANET #ElyXiOndotinMacao @weareoneEXO pic.twitter.com/R5AMWPaC2z
— ‘ 토끼왕 ^ 우리 SH2O ‘ (@BUNNYMYE0N) August 10, 2018
In response to the fans’ criticisms, organizers of the concert announced a stricter rule on security, noting that only essential items will be allowed inside the venue for the group’s future performances.