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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF 7 days ago

B1A4 fans are not happy with WM Entertainment's announcement of B1A4's new official lighstick

B1A4 fans, better known as BANAs, are NOT happy with WM Entertainment announcing a new official lightstick for the group, which recently regrouped as 3-members. 

On December 7, WM Entertainment released the below teaser image for B1A4's upgraded official lightstick. The teaser image does not specify what color the light of the lighstick will be. 

Why are fans so unhappy with the new version of the lighstick, exactly?

For one, some fans are unhappy with B1A4's lack of promotions, especially under the circumstances. Due to the fact that members Jinyoung and Baro decided to leave WM Entertainment to embark on new acting careers, B1A4 currently consist of 3-members, and fans are uncertain if the 3-member B1A4 can be capable of a group comeback. In the midst of fans' worries, some feel that it's inappropriate for the label to put a new version of the group's official lightstick on sale, in order to simply "make money off of fans without real promotions". 

Secondly and more prominently, fans are discontent with the design of the new lighstick, judging by its teaser image. The original B1A4 lighstick looks like this:

Known as "Bbyongie" among fans, the official B1A4 lighstick is a source of pride and joy for many BANAs, due to its stark contrast from many other fandom lighsticks. Some response to the news of a new lighstick included, "Bbyongie is so much prettier", "Throw that new one away and return Bbyongie to its place", "Are you kidding? This looks like the baby bird lightstick (GOT7's official lightstick) from aftar", "When the hoobae groups ask for the handle to be lighter you guys did it for them right away, but this one is screaming 'We don't want to waste money' TT", "This one is clearly halfa**-ed.. and who let you decide to go and throw the official color out the trash", "I'm not buying this", and more. 


Do you think the new official B1A4 lighstick design is too much of a change from the group's original official lighstick?

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kmspl 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

The original lightstick is so much better because it's unique. The new one looks too plain.

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HaveSomeKookies (Banned) 7 days ago 1
7 days ago

It just feels wrong pushing out a new design, considering that B1A4 recently lost two members and their overall promotions are a joke. WM Entertainment really need to step up their game or else the group will be gone soon.

(Personally said, I find the new design way cooler.)

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ohmyastro 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

WM is stepping up their game though? They opened BANA 5th (official fanclub members get easier into music show recordings) and are releasing a new lightstick so B1A4 can make their comeback in 2019 with CNU, Sandeul & Gongchan. And most BANA hated the old lightstick, especially K-BANA, so I feel they're just shitting on WM. They forget that shitting on WM is the same as basically giving a middle finger to ShinDeulChan who chose to continue B1A4 instead of letting the group die after two members leaving.

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nnani 7 days ago 2
7 days ago

I like the design don't get me wrong but as a BANA, myself, not just cause I'm multifandom, but as a BANA and a educated human being I agree. This is just wrong and I'm not happy with this either. First of all Jinyoung and Baro NEVER said they were stopping promotions with B1A4, it's still in discussion but for now it's just Sandeul, CNU and Gongchan. This is like a slap in the fact and a "oh well, here's this". Tbh I feel the same with NU'EST and NU'EST W, I feel NU'EST W SHOULD NOT have a lightstick, especially since it's a sub unit that isn't really a sub unit, a sub unit isn't minus one member that's just shitty it's just a temporary promotion. A sub unit SHOULD NOT have a lightstick before the actual group itself. This is just wrong. B1A4's Bbyongie is perfectly fine as it is, it doesn't need anything new.

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ohmyastro 7 days ago 1
7 days ago

I guess you missed the news report saying that Jinyoung and Baro aren't interested to join B1A4 for their upcoming promotions. WM opening BANA 5th and releasing a new lightstick is a sign that B1A4 will have a comeback with 3 members in 2019. CNU, Sandeul and Gongchan won't promote as a subunit but as B1A4. WM is keeping the door open for Jinyoung and Baro to join B1A4 again, but I feel they both have other careers in mind and that B1A4 is no longer their priority. I honestly don't see them come back to B1A4 anymore. WM and ShinDeulChan are moving on and BANA should too. Anything Jinyoung and Baro do as solo artists gets praised but anything WM does for ShinDeulChan who made B1A4 their priority gets bashed. Makes me wonder how many BANA are actual B1A4 fans and how many BANA are just Jinyoung/Baro stans.

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crowboy 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

to be fair, especially Jinyoung was a big part of B1A4. i'm definitely a fan of B1A4 and the biggest appeal was definitely the music (as in composition, production, etc.) but that was almost 100% arranged by Jinyoung. so i'd say probably a lot of people are not sure what B1A4's sound is going to be like now.


but also a lot of the people commenting about this aren't just fans of jinyoung/baro. they're people who want to believe B1A4 will promote as a full group again BECAUSE they're fans of the whole group (and not just CNU, Sandeul and Gongchan stans)

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crowboy 6 days ago 0
6 days ago

doesn't even have close to the same feel as the old one. i could understand if they released news about it beforehand or made a statement (i.e. we are designing a new light-stick for when the three members are promoting without the other two, xyz is why it looks like this). but realistically... i understand even then wanting to keep the old light-stick. it's not like the other members have completely left the group, and it doesn't seem that they're on bad terms.


b1a4 when promoting without baro and jinyoung is still going to be called b1a4, as far as i'm aware, not have another name (almost like a subunit name). so changing the lightstick doesn't make sense.

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myfirstwasmblaq 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

As a Baby if TS said they were getting rid of the matoki light stick because YoungGuk left I would be pissed. So I think BANAs have every right to be upset. The old one was unique.

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