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'Produce 101' season 2's controversial method of standing trainees on the streets to test popularity comes to light

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After the latest episode of Mnet's 'Produce 101' season 2, the controversial 'Popularity Test' carried out by the show last week has come to light. 


About a day before the concept evaluation stages took place last week, some of the trainees were instructed to stand out in the streets, mostly nearby subway station entrances and exits, to see if people would recognize them by name. If approaching passersby could not say the name of the trainee standing there, they had to advertise themselves by doing some sort of PR whether it was dance, singing, etc. 


Netizens took photos of the trainees who were spotted standing on the bustling streets, wearing casual, matching clothing provided by 'Produce 101'. According to those who spotted some of the trainees in person, many of them lacked proper bodyguards, creating the potential for dangerous situations, both for the trainees as well as for fans and others in the surrounding area. 


Fans of MMO's Yoon Ji Sung claimed that his area was so overcrowded and hectic, the trainee wasn't able to perform any sort of PR, just constantly apologizing and asking people not to get too close or push. 


Netizens criticized Mnet's method of testing the trainees' popularity, pointing out that the event was "belittling the low-ranking trainees" more than anything. Comments included, "How could they do this to boys who have to practice for their stages the next day", "This is ridiculous", "Are the boys your toys or something?", "If you're bored, go work on some better editing", "I feel so bad for them... why is this necessary", and more. 


It seems that only trainees who were part of the group performing "Showtime" were spotted on this particular day. It's uncertain if trainees from other groups will be doing this mission in the future. 


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    Gallifreyan7 19 days ago

    This show is a mess

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    mikaay 19 days ago

    This show is mentally ruining these guys, they destroy their self-esteem by treating them like raw materials that they own.

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    ahgase88 20 days ago

    soo sad :(

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    kimmiefonze 20 days ago

    That's tacky AF! And not to mention the inconvenience to the people doing their business. If it really hard to organize this in schools, parks, and malls where people who actually support the boys would actually show up?

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    Jisoochicken16 20 days ago

    A mess

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    jrieworld 21 days ago

    I thought the group decided to do some PR for their group by themselves? This is never confirmed that they were told to do so by MessNet, right?

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    seochulgoo jrieworld 20 days ago

    It was confirmed, Mnet was there with them. And Mnet wouldn't let them just decide to do PR and go out together

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    i_belong_to_yg 21 days ago

    For people criticizing this, you need to know that many types of professional fields have unique and somewhat "inappropriate" activities as part of the training process. for example, a big sales company I know had to make its new comer employees to walk out in the streets and sale sex toys even though sex toys were not what the company sales. but the activity was done so that the new hires get to challenge themselves and to develop confidence. there are more harsh methods used by any kind of company, so compared to that, performing on the streets should be a cup of cake for these boys because at the end of the day, they will have to perform in front of thousands of people....

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    i_belong_to_yg 21 days ago

    I have no problem with this activity actually. These boys need the exposure more than anything. iKON members and Winner members also had to perform in public and often it turns out a fun activity.

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    whatever101 21 days ago

    nothing but an ego boost to the top members and the seriously unfair to the most unpopular ones who probably had no one recognize them

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    Fatimaaxo 21 days ago

    harsh

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