'Star in the Universe' depicts the love story of a top star and a fan. On the pre-released clip of episode 12, the controversial conversation among the agency CEO, manager, and singer Joyna is shown.
The conversation is as follows:
Singer Joyna: Did she go buy the drinks or is she making them?
CEO: Treat (referring to a fan as a source of treat and presents) hurry up~ Hey, are you dating the treat..? (asking Suho)
Manager: What.. How can a person date an ATM?
Singer Joyna: He played hard to get but it seems like he as low standards. But I mean, she must've been easy to get since she's a fangirl. She's dumb and she gives all without holding back. She'll also sleep with you if you ask.
Many netizens and fans are disturbed by how the drama referred to fans as a 'treat' and 'ATM'. Furthermore, the way it portrayed fangirls as an easy partner for sexual activities is causing anger.
This is not the first time 'Star in the Universe' is under fire for mistreatment of fans. Back in November, the producer of the drama apologized for making fans work without getting any payment, believing their chance to see Suho is a reward itself.
What are your thoughts on how fans are depicted on 'Star in the Universe'?