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The Ridiculous Voting System of 2018 Asia Artist Awards, Legal is Illegal.


The final round for “Fan Popularity Award” of 2018 Asia Artist Awards has just ended on 20th November 2018 with BTS won on the Singer category, IU won on the Actress category, and EXO Se Hoon won on the Actor category. But regardless of the good news, there’s an unresolved controversy from the awards that has been held for the third times since 2016. The controversy is about vote deduction that are believed to be vote manipulation in choosing the winner in Singer and Actress category.


In case you miss it, YoonA’s fans decided to stop voting after fans claimed that their votes were deducted 2 times (59,403 votes on 8th November and 41,743 votes on 15th November, 101,146 votes in total which worth 8,260 USD) as STARPLE considered it as illegal votes. But as there was no clear numbers of how many real illegal votes that were being cut, fans are sure that there’s high possibility for legal votes were included in the ‘illegal votes’ that were being cut, and this claim was not without any reason and evidence.



YoonA’s fansites and fans are sure about high possibility for legal votes being removed as they have evidence of their purchased votes. Limyoonabar which is one of YoonA’s biggest fansite in China have used around 14,000 USD to vote for her. At first, many fans suspected that first vote deduction may be due to mass voting in big amount so STARPLE assumed it as illegal votes, but after fans voted in smaller numbers, it happened again for second time. As the big amount of legal votes was purchased from the application around the vote deduction days, it’s reasonable to come with the conclusion that there was vote manipulation for “Fans Popularity Award” of 2018 Asia Artist Awards.


Video of Legal Purchased Vote by Chinese Fans


Considering the big amount of fund the fans have used to vote, the result was too far from what they expected. In the end, YoonA’s fansites followed by her fans announced to stop voting, and asked STARPLE for refund. It was supposed to be done by showing history of purchased votes to Google Play Store or Apple Store, but unfortunately fans were faced with a shocking fact that the history of purchased votes were removed! And it even got worse when the other legal way to earn votes like watching videos also can’t be found in history of some fans.



There was no either explanation or reply from STARPLE even after fans sent complains to the email which was provided on the application page. Disappointed with the silence from the company, YoonA’s fans tweets #AAACheat with explanation about how they got their votes deducted and the evidences of legal votes they got from the application. Fans also wrote reviews and rated the application based on the disappointment. This move was followed by EXO’s fans who also suffered from same problem with 462.956 of their votes deducted.


Reviews and Ratings of STARPLE on Google Play Store.


Reviews and Ratings of STARPLE on Apple Store.


Trending #AAACheat on Twitter.

Screenshot of EXO's votes which was deducted.


Lately it was known that the email to reach the company is starple@kstargroup.tv, which is different from what they provided on the application page.


On 20th November, STARPLE notified the users about paid votes deduction controversy which have been surrounding this awards as not true. But this notification was not followed by any explanation about what happened.




And since then, there’s still no words of explanation or apology from STARPLE, as if the company don’t care about the controversy at all. Many fans are disappointed against the silence of STARPLE, and demands that South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to give serious attention and investigate this case as it’s considered as scam by taking advantage of worldwide fans’ love and support to the favorite idols. And it’s considered as serious crime as it’s involving fans’ money in big numbers.


In order to simplify what happened to fans, here is the summary of problems on STARPLE app from KSTARGROUP that can’t be explained and fixed by the company even until the vote ended :


1.Legal vote deduction.

As mentioned before, 101,146 of YoonA’s legal votes was deducted.


2. Missing history of purchased votes.

Fans can’t find the history of their purchased votes inside the application as it’s missing from the history.


3. Error on history of votes.
The history of earned votes is not in order and on some fans it shows more votes earned from what they actually earned. For example, on the history page of fan it shows he/she earned 16 times of 1 vote from watching video ads when fans can only earn max. 10 votes from it in a day. On the contrary, some fans also got the history of earned votes from watching videos missing.



4. Some fans tried to vote for specific idol on one account, and then got free votes in high numbers on the second account. Fans tried to ask about this problem to STARPLE, but there's no explanation even when the awards ceremony is just counting days.
Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3


5. Fans didn’t get the votes despite completing games/missions.


6. Fans suddenly earned votes without doing anything.


7. On 19th November one fan asked about the missing votes from app history, but STARPLE replied with 3 different replies that the fan had never done before. First, STARPLE accused the fan cheated. Second, the company detected the fan changed the device. Third, the company would check the system again.


Since the controversy began, the news of it has been published on some countries.

https://pose.vn/am-nhac/tuc-gian-vi-bi-tru-vote-vo-ly-fandom-cua-yoona-tuyen-bo-tay-chay-le-trao-giai-aaa-2018-644422.html


2018 Asia Artist Awards News in Indonesian TV


http://m.ilyo.co.kr/?ac=article_view&toto_id=&entry_id=316860


Many fans are worried that same controversy would happen again on other upcoming awards. Many tweets with #AAACheat hashtag from fans can still be found on Twitter. Hopefully, this news could reach South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, so proper investigation could be done against STARPLE app and KSTARGROUP as the company who is in charge of it, in order to prevent the same problem from happening again.

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elitejay3452 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

That is the kind of article I want to see when it's about a controvercy, one where there are many screenshots to prove the facts and where the writter took time to do some research. To the writter of this article, good job, people should use this as an example when they want to make an article.


On another note, I do think that vote manipulation was indeed used in this case, seeing how many votes were deleted, sad to see these kinds of things.

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franky_a 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

I tried my best as this is a serious problem for many fans from many countries involved. Thank you for your compliment, and I hope this controversy won't happen again. I hope readers can think wisely about the main problem. It's not about defending idols or can't accept the lose etc, but it's about how we need fair and transparent system in voting. And it can happen to anyone depends on the time. We won't know who will be the next victim, so in order to prevent it from happening, we should do something. Many people think it's not a big problem and to let this problem away as time goes on while thinking that someone else will do the hard work to stop it from happening again. But the reality is, not everyone would do it. I'm not a writer, but I think I should do something.

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elitejay3452 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

You did a good things by publishing this, certain things like this don't get an article. That's one positive thing about the fact that now, anyone can publish news on this website, more stories will be featured.

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StCatMouse 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Right now, this is the gold standard for user-submitted story IMHO. It was well-researched and very well-written. There were a few grammatical errors but considering the length and effort, it was a fine read nonetheless. I wasn't invested in the story going in but you kept my attention as I feel you touched each significant areas of the story from how it started and where we are right now. Excellent work, OP.

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helbertmet 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

the manipulation of votes was too obvious in this award, many ppl and fans realized that AAA and starple app so obvious in not wanting Yoona to win again, ppl even commenting that If AAA and starple app's votes were fair without cheating, Yoona would be the winner. but AAA and Starple appp deleted more than 255K LEGAL VOTES n total of her fans where 100K+ legal votes were of limyoonabar (one of yoona's big fandoms). AAA and Starple stole the legal votes, money and time of Yoona's fans, not just her first place.

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Landkdrama007 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Right! It is evident that there was manipulation of votes by Starple app and AAA, they need to apologize to actress singer YoonA and her fans. #JUSTICEFORYOONA.

Yoona is one of the biggest hallyu star and one of Top Korean Actresses&Artists nationally and internationally, Yoona even named as Talent Ambassador alongside Nicolas Cage, one of the Top American Actors. Yoona is a korean Legend!. she has several strong fandoms, one of her fandoms is limyoonabar, limyoonabar was her first fandom who showed their evidences about their more than 100K legal votes deleted illegally by AAA and Starple app without any explanation. Officially all Yoona's fandoms stopped voting from November 15, although AAA voting ended on November 20.

On Nov.15 Yoona's fandoms who voted were collecting the information, their evidences and their receipts making their respective claims to AAA's organization about their legal votes deleted, the next day her fans reported a total of more than 255K of their legal votes deleted illegally by starple app and aaa. #JUSTICEFORYOONA.

This type of votes cheats should not be repeated again in any award, the Korean industry should take the necessary measures to avoid this type of fraud and cheat. #AAACHEAT

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khun2pm 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

too obvious! the vote manipulation was indeed used in this case. AAA and starple app are snakes!

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rominacri 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

the manipulation of votes to damage the legal votes of one participant and benefit another participant is really unworthy, unacceptable and illegal. I really very disappointed in AAA and starple app. they sabotaged Yoona's legal votes and even the first place. they should apologize to Yoona and her fans, they also should give her fans back their money, that could to fix something of all the injustice AAA and starple's app committed.

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ccro08osc 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

AAA's credibility is dead. AAA is the new MAMA,

AAA dirtied their own reputation making this type of votes cheats by starple app, even erasing legal votes and also erasing the history of votes from yoona's fans who made their claim to try to hide all Starple app's fraud. the AAA organizers and starple app are only blame in this case. They should give an apology to Yoona and her fans.

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GoldPen 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

This discounting of votes is offensive. All votes should count. Starple needs to apologize to YooNa and any Male group which was slighted by a drop in vote count.

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eizenkim 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Definitely #AAACheat #StarpleAppCheat,


AAA and Starple app need to apologize to Yoona and her fans.

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Kurapikaaa 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Good job franky_a , that was very well written.

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Murderfucker 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

It's not only chart or award event which loves manipulations - for example MAMA (remember last years deleting a tones number of votes) or last controversy with Hanteo Chart

They all already know who will get the awards - it's only a game (all this voting) for gaining some popularity of their event show and take some money from fans..

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icancu007 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Exactly !!!! They've already decided whom to give awards to... The Voting is just a facade and additionak publicity to hype up the fandoms before the show and in hope of watching the livestreams filled with ads... Gosh, it makes me soo sad when fandoms work soo hard and face these shitbags of award shows, but also can't avoid voting bcoz of hoping not to lose in front of others or idols...

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Hmbdy 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Have to agree with elitejay3452, great article.

Something you can't expect from the real akp staff, good job franky.

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NameRightHere 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

Any awards show where fans can vote is worthless.

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shyloone 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I kind of have to agree, but is is a fan popularity award after all, its the fact of the category they are picked for that gets me,

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edurance 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

The amount of time that it takes preparing a chart like that for a fan-voted award that means practically nothing.

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Yooks 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

I understand wanting to support your favorite idol, but I really don't get why people would pay to vote. It's not even a guaranteed win if you win the vote. Just don't vote if it's not free, problem solved. Your idol won't miss that one single award.


Companies like this are just leeches.

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mantrakpop 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

win? or not win? is in the background for her fans, the important thing here is that it has been clearly demonstrated with evidence that AAA and starple app did fraud, cheating during the voting.


therefore, Focus on the issue about the voting system was fraudulent, erasing legal votes of one participant to illegally benefit another participant.


The purchase of legal votes that were illegally erased is one of the many clear evidence that AAA and starple's voting system was fraudulent. they also erased several legal free votes that each participant earned according to the rules of the system and organizers.


In the end, each person owns how they want to spend or invest their money, many fans of other fandoms have also invested time and money in their artists. The point here is that if you buy something, some product or service or etc, the seller is obliged to give you that service or that product or that any thing you bought because you paid it legally, if you did not receive anything for what you paid with your money, that is called stole and even cheating


AAA and Starple app dirtyly manipulated the votes, stole their money and time, not only stole their first place.

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Yooks 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I understand that what they did is terrible and illegal, I was just talking about having to pay to vote in the first place. It really isn't worth the money, as your money will go to those shady companies, and not your favorite idols.

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SharCx 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

when an artist wins their fans don't bat an eye. when they lose suddenly it's a huge conspiracy and act surprised. how many times has things like happened now? too many to count. yet people spend money regardless while KNOWING THIS. you morons are being easily exploited for your money when voting usually doesn't mean jack shit.


I applaud those who only spend a few bucks to support their faves in votes, but anyone who spends hundreds to thousands and spend 24/7 voting... LMFAO.

also which particular fandom is usually cheating/botting/manipulating everything? CHINA. I think you can figure out yourselves who has the most chinese fans.

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mantrakpop 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Many of the award ceremonies are using this system of voting But the issue is that, the AAA organizer and starple app deleted fans' earned votes legally without any valid reasons.


therefore , we must focus on the issue about the fraudulent system during voting by AAA organizations specially Starple app who used it with the aim of sabotage the legal votes earned legally by yoona fandoms and fans and also sabotage the first place to benefit another participant. What AAA and Starple did is illegal and fraudulent.


In case of Yoona, AAA and starple app's manipulation of votes is so obvious, because EVEN the LEGAL FREE VOTES that each participant earned daily legally by the starple system and rules WERE ALSO DELETED ILLEGALLY by Starple app and AAA, not only their legally purchased votes earned were deleted.


→ According to starple app and aaa's rules, There are ONLY 3 ways to earn votes LEGALLY:

the FREE VOTES (Watching videos (12 votes daily) or Completing a game/action), and the PURCHASED VOTES.


Yoona's fans followed all AAA's voting rules. Yoona should be the legal winner but their legal votes seem to be erased maliciously by AAA without any clear reasons. #AAAcheat #StarpleappCheat

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jimmychonga 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

All of these awards are staged and fake. The sole purpose of those shows are to sell ad placements. The award shows and the labels discuss whether their idols can attend and what awards to receive a couple of months before the nominations. The whole industry is fake - from the idol behavior to the award shows. Thank God they make good music.

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shyloone 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

actress and actor?, oh thats right its a popularity fan award,

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MangoTango360 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

I agree with you! I'm a fan of EXO and Sehun, but I would have voted for other actors.


Sehun is still lacking a lot in his acting. I know people might hate me for this, but the should have given his role to someone else. There would have been somebody more desperate to get the part and potentially would be better for the role. Sehun would have been better as a supporting role.


This isn't his fault for winning as a bias, and I can't imagine how bad he would feel. He will now probably know he's stealing the award for someone who deserves it more than him.


No hate against idol actors because most of them can act REALLY well, but this bias NEEDS to stop.


*P.S. I apologise for any spelling/grammar mistakes!*

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11_SEO_jin 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

not new in my country everything is about trend and cheating , never take these awards or applications or any thing seriously !! G Dragon said it all before !! what they did to yoona / wanna one / exo and more is illega not only yoona and exo were suffring of these probesl , let's remember what soribada did to wanna one when they are the one who deserved the daesang based on soribada statement about count, sales, vote , stream , and judge ...

THEY ONLY SEEK MAKING MONEY FROM PEOPLE USING CHEATING OR EVEN DISTROY OR RUIN SOMEONE, they only care about money

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franky_a 19 days ago 0
19 days ago

Thank you everyone who share some of your time to read this article. I'm not a writer so I apologize for any grammatical error on the article. I only tried to write this article as neutral as I can, and to show how serious the problem is. I hope this problem could get more attention from public, and followed up by proper investigation. And for some fans of award winners: BTS, IU, and EXO, please understand this point that every idols who were nominated reserve the same right to win. The main problem in this award is about how unstable the voting system was. It's not about win or lose, so please don't use provoking words to each others. I'm sure each fandoms would try the best to make the idols win, and as I said every idols deserve the same right to win, but it should be done with stable voting system so it can be fair for everyone. I would really appreciate it if people could think wisely and stop hating other idols' fans. And if some of you still don't understand the main problem, or don't even want to understand or care about the problem, at least please don't use bad words to provoke as it will only make more problems between fans. Thank you for your understanding.

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weapons168 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

First of all, I would like to thank franky_a for publishing such an excellent article.


I have participating in this voting and paid for the purchase votes for voting.


1) There is no limit to the number of daily purchases and the number of votes per day, depending on the mode of operation of the app. This means that even if you have 1 million votes, you can invest all at once. Please note the setting of this rules has not changed up to the end of voting.


2) During the voting period, except for the maximum number of purchase votes in each order reduces from 500 votes to 100 votes, the ticket purchasing system has not been adjusted and there is still no limit on the number of daily purchases. In addition, the organizer has no further definition of illegal voting.


3) So it is very strange why the AAA organizer emphasize the deduction of our vote because our votes is fraudulently obtained/used? All votes are obtained or purchased from the application system. If there is any fraudulent ways to earned/used vote in the application system. Why the organizer did not stop it during the period of voting and just emphasize that our voted are earned/use it fraudulently?


4) The organizer completely ignores the rules set by him. Deliberately and again and again, specifically for some candidates to deduct the number of votes for them . The fairness of the voting and the host disturbances are unbearable. It has a great negative impact on the fairness and impartiality of the K-pop music industry.


Even more ridiculous is that even if someone keeps questioning and the evidence is unfair, the organizer is still no no movement at all. The relevant law enforcement legal units have no monitoring at all, and the unfair behavior of the organizers this time, I believe that they believe that they can feel at ease if they have passed the award ceremony.

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Mili_vi 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

There is only one good thing here.

BUYING awards for your fave is wrong!

As a fan of Jang Keun Suk I can assure everyone we could easily win the best actor award. The fandom, especially in Japan, is not poor.

But from the second AAA announced the paid vote, eels tweeted "we don't need to pay" and continued voting free. I think we brought a big disappointment to the organizers. Fighting with EXO-Ls over acting? LOL

The money we saved we will use to buy his new album.


The point is - do we really do our faves a favor, as if this is the only possible way for them to recieve an award?



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btsxexoxnox1 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

to the author, thank you for making this article and having photos to show us the fact and proof. you did a good job! im sure it must of been tiring to your eyes.

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franky_a 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Well honestly it's pretty tiring, but I just hope there could be more anticipation from fans to spread this news more actively. I hope fans would not let this problem just go away that easily. As it's serious problem involving money from international fans (it's not only about Chinese fans but also fans from other countries as well), so I really hope that this problem can be investigated properly for fans to get the justice they deserve.

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elfinkyy 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Lmao is there a TLDR

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Cutie888 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I don’t understand why they had to buy their votes, did they have to buy it the previous years?

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enzoa 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I'm sure all those artists will be sad to have missed the chance to have another worthless piece of junk on their fireplace.

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tvladss 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

The only thing that's exposed here are the people dumb enough to pay for votes in an awards show.

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mantrakpop 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

no guy, disagree with you.


guess you did not understand anything about the real issue here. Many of the award ceremonies are using this system of voting. But the issue is that, AAA's organizers and starple's app deleted fans' earned votes legally without any valid reasons provided.


AAA's and starple app's voting systems 're fraudulent, that is what her fans demonstrated here using clear evidence.


One of those evidences is the purchase of legal votes that were erased, but also the free legal votes were also erased illegally demonstrating that there was fraud, a cheating during the voting. that's is the issue.

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tvladss 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

You know why they're deleting votes? It's so that the competition will be close and the dumb people who buy into it will buy even more votes (Because people will stop buying if it's a blow out). Easy Money. Stop getting scammed you dumb fucks.

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victoria_fund (Banned) 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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DelightGalaxy 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

Exo-Ls are bots. Good job AAA

-Its from one phone all these screenshots?

- They tryed to vote from different acc?? so exo-ls have indeed MULTIPLE acc?!


you, just now, revealed that EXO-Ls manipulate the online voting


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btsxexoxnox1 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

excuse you, exo-l did nothing wrong to you. your fav group dont need you in their life to ruin their fandom image and the group's name

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DelightGalaxy 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

your fandom practicaly is cheating and you trying to acuse AAA for cheating?? Accept your faults, could you?

EXOLs became bots because they are so desperate to win. You dont like to be no2.

AAA said the paid ponts are going to count but the fraudelent NOT!

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Stopudelulu 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

i bet this writer is a loser who don't have life. You should go do something better to get food on the table rather than wasting your time defending your loser unnies and oppas. Lmao

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franky_a 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I'm sorry, but I have plates full of foods when I'm writing the article. And it's not about defending idols, but to show how the award takes advantage from fans. Thank you for your time to write this comment though. I still appreciate it.

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meryam 21 days ago 2
21 days ago

just a question.. can someone edit the screeshots ? like is there a way to know if they are edited ?

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franky_a 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

There's video in case you missed it.

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hurtsomuch 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

The Chinese soshi fans in China? You are asking too much. That are not that well educated.

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