As one of the strongest nominee of the Best Actress Popularity Award in the 2018 Asia Artist Award, Yoona was constantly losing a large number of votes without any explanations from the organiser has led to the female fan community's boycott.
Asia Artists Awards 2018 - AAA is currently entering the final phase of the polls before the official launch on November 28. As one the youngest prizes in the system of award ceremonies in Korea. however, AAA has a very high reputation after only 2 years due to the transparent voting and awarding rations,
AAA is the earliest open voting system of all awards at Kpop.
However, that may have been the story of previous years. For this year's event, one of the fan community of the nominee of the popularity award critized the award for being cheating. Yoona from SNSD was nominated for the Most Popular Actress Award, which she has won twice in succession to be named in 2016 and 2017.
Yoona has won the Popularity Award consecutively 2 years since 2016.
This year netizens saw the fierce competition between the actresses. In the preliminary round and first round, the 'National Goddess' was to able to win overwhelmingly, However, in the second round also known as the final round, Yoona's votes happened to fall behind by a big amount. This caused the fans of the idol to be extremely surprised when her votes were being deleted, which the votes were largely funded from the fan community in China.
The number of votes deducted has caused Yoona's votes to fall behind with a big gap.
In the previous 2 years of AAA, fans werent allowed to purchase the votes as there are limited votes per day. But this year, it happens that purchasing votes is available. Yoona's fans feel that it is okay to compete with purchased votes, but it is not okay for the organiser of this award ceremony to delete the fans' votes without any valid reasons. Specifically, this award has subtracted more than 100 thousands votes by the fans of the 29-year-old star paid for the purchase votes. The first time was 60,000 votes, but the fans said that it was because they voted in a large amount at one time so they were suspected to be illegal to do so.
After that, the fans gave in votes in small amount at one time so that the votes will not be deducted. However, AAA continued to clear 40,000 votes without any valid reasons and that was completely absurd because selling votes is one of the form provided by the BTC for the fans to purchase and vote. But then again the votes were being deleted without a good and fair reason. It's not just the vote or the award structure, but this is a blatant deception because one of the biggest fansite in China, Limyoonabar has dropped a big amount of around $14k in this prize, excluding the fans who purchased the votes individually. But in return, the treatment was extremely ridiculous and unreasonable.
This shows Yoona's votes were being deleted in a large amount for the second time and no valid reasons were given to the fans.
After a few days of complaining this issue to the organiser, the fans were being ignored. Some of the fans began to found out the Starple app started to delete the fans' purchasing and voting histories. It was not right to do so because the histories were to prove the votes are being purchased and voted in a legal way. But many fans started to see their histories being cleared without any explanation from the Starple app. This issue has made the fans mad because the votes were all being purchased and voted in a true and fair way but Starple app deleted their histories so that they can prove the fans' votes were deleted because those were illegal votes.
One of the fans captured her history and found out Starple app deleted her purchasing history without any reasons.
One of the main reason to the fans' boycott is due to the unfairness of the voting platform. Fans from all around the world paid in alot of money to purchase the votes for their idol but all were claimed to be illegitimate. They reported this issue to the organiser and they replied to the fans mentioning they deleted the votes because they wanted a clear and transparent platform for the fans to vote. But AAA and Starple are acting completely opposite to what they said. Until now, there isnt any official clear and fair explanation statements given by AAA and Starple. Due to the lack of transparency and unreasonable behaviour, the current Yoona fan community is trending #AAACheat hashtag on Twitter to claim justice for their idol. The fans demanded for a fair explanation and a refund. And also one of the famous television channel in Indonesia (Net TV) has also reported about this issue.
Yoona's fans are trending #AAACheat hashtag on Twitter so that the unfair issue can be noticed.
Net TV (Indonesia television channel) reported this issue on 18/11/2018.
The fansite said, as well as the fan community in Korea and also Vietnam has recently announced to stop voting and boycott the award ceremony until an official statement of fair explanation is given to apologize. The EXO-Ls (Exo's fanbase name) are also facing the same problem. Currently both fandoms are trying their best to seek for justice and keep spreading this issue to more people so that they will not be cheated by the Starple app.