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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 10 days ago

Pledis Entertainment ultimately cancels NU'EST W's hi-touch event in Japan in response to fans' strong protest

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NU'EST W's hi-touch and photo event has ultimately been canceled. 

The unit with the members Ren, JR, Baekho, and Aron were scheduled to hold a hi-touch and photo event in Japan on December 19-20. According to fans, the scale of the event was too large and also, in the past, NU'EST has been "abused" at such events with excessive skinship. In order to protect the artist from such an incident again, fans got together for a protest. 


Fans covered the Pledis Entertainment building with post-it notes, demanding the cancellation of the event. 







They also trended the hashtags #플레디스_아티스트_보호해 (Pledis protect your artist) and #플레디스_하이터치회_취소 (Pledis cancel hi-touch) on Twitter. 

In response to fans' strong opposition, Pledis Entertainment ultimately canceled the event. The agency stated, "We have decided to cancel all events and schedule. We apologize for causing concerns to the fans with this event. Please give a generous understanding."

Following the cancelation announcement, the fans returned to the Pledis Entertainment building to retrieve the post-it notes. 



Meanwhile, NU'EST W is in promotions for the final album 'Wake,N.'
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moonstarrr 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Coming back to remove the post-its after the protest - mow that's classy. Nicely done, fans.

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taeminkki 10 days ago 4
10 days ago

The article doesn't even mention the reason why K-LOVEs protested. The hi-touch event was approx. 7 hours long, and right in the midst of end of year awards shows and other activities. Also, in the past, NU'EST were subjected to similar inhuman 'hi-touch' events in Japan where fans were able to grab their faces, pose them, take pics however they want with them for hours on end and the members couldn't say no.

It's also worth it to mention that the post-it protest didn't start until Pledis started deleting comments and demoting fans in the fancafe for talking about the issue. And even still, LOVEs were kind and peaceful until the end, even cleaning up afterwards.

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_Jarhon 10 days ago 3
10 days ago

Yes because grown ass men can't say no................ the fucking delulu victim narrative.


Does this look like someone who's a lil boy and can't decide for himself



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crowboy 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

just gonna say... yes... they probably CAN'T say no a lot of the time (or even if they do say no, fans ignore them). it isn't uncommon for artists to do things that they would prefer not to and feel uncomfortable doing because companies and sponsoring companies want for it to happen.

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taeminkki 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Uh... as in the company wouldn't let them say no. The fans were allowed to choose what poses they want. Everything ok at home there, bud?

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Winston 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

ignore these ppl who dun have a clue what idol groups have to go through with in korea and their agency. I guess some of us think the world outside is like what they experience in their own country like USA for example.

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SilverRain 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Aight, since this article does a poor job of communicating the reasons why K-LOVEs did it, let me clarify some things.

1. Korean fans do NOT want them to cancel ALL Japan events entirely. In fact, if the event was a fan meeting or a concert, all fans would not have an issue with it. Or if the event was only 2 - 4 hours long, no problem.


2. The problem is that the event would be 7 hours long AND would take place a few days after their final concert in Korea and during an awards show where they were nominated for 3 categories.


3. The article briefly mentioned "abused" (in quotes, ugh). The "abuse" they suffered in 2016 was not only inappropriate skinship. The photo session back then took hours and hours (way longer than 7). They had to keeo taking photos as long as there were fans in line. The fact that fans back then could keep coming back as long as they kept buying did not help. And during those long hours, they barely had any breaks, at all.


4. For this current situation, fans only initially wanted feedback from Pledis, or some sort of announcement that would reassure fans of Nu'est W's health and well being throughout the event, and hopefully shorter hours. Pledis did not do that. Instead, they cut off any communication from fans and would delete posts on the official fancafe regarding the matter. Basically brushing everything under the rug. So fans had no choice but to come to them in person.


Really, this could have all been avoided if Pledis only communicated a bit more with fans when the doubts started to rise up. One post, ONE SINGLE POST or announcement from Pledis could have solved everything, but they didn't do that.


Let me end this by saying that all LOVEs DO wish for Nu'est to have activities in Japan in the future, because J-LOVEs deserve to meet Nu'est too. But they deserve more than just a simple hi-touch. They deserve a fan meeting or a concert. Not something like this.

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Ninjapotato 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

"How to protest in a cute way?"

Use post it.


the fans returned to the Pledis Entertainment building to retrieve the post-it notes.

I'm proud of my fandom! This wouldn't happen if they listen to fans from the beginning and stop deleting loves posts on fancafe... The article forgot to mention those busy loves who didn't protest because they were busy with life ordered foods/drinks for these hardworking people.

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thesiiiiickest 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

WOWW and they even cleaned it up, very classy and respectful protest well done!

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Army_of_Inspirit 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Aww that's so sweet. That is one calm, mature and caring fandom.

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aldebaran 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

"Pledis protect your artist"... yeah, from you... the fans...

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sagi97 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

YALL POST IT IS A GENIUS IDEA DAMN GOOD JOB

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Ninjapotato 10 days ago 5
10 days ago
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2fat 10 days ago 4
10 days ago

Sounds to me like the "fans" want to run the guy's career. But hey, they're just taking money out of their group's pocket. I'm not sure that will be allowed to go on too long.

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Desirea 10 days ago 3
10 days ago

Actually they weren't taking money from their pockets. The different International LOVEs were going to just start purchasing more albums if Pledis did away with the event or even modified it so they didn't get abused. They just wanted to protect them from the past abuse. So some of us pledged to just purchase more albums over the ones we already purchased. They were humiliated in the past at these type of events in Japan. So that is why they wanted it modified and if Pledis wanted increased album sales people were just going to buy the albums without going to any event.

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MaeilKpop 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

So what is Pledis going to tell the Japanese fans? "We had to cancel the event because Korean fans said you're a bunch of crazy bitches"? That'll really help relations between the two countries...

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Winston 5 days ago 0
5 days ago

i think this kind of protest is more "peaceful" in nature then camping outside in the cold and disturbing public peace. i think the fans did well, Especially the part where they came back to undo what they did.

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jessromans (Banned) 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

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jessromans (Banned) 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

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littlejeons 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

i love nuest w so much. im glad the fandom was nice until the end ^^

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ygwinner 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Is this because of what Jimin started wearing the atomic bomb shirt? and now kpop idols are not welcome in Japan?

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delta_yu 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

yckim124 is on a roll with the sub-par articles today

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2fat 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Now you're Korean fans are messing with your money boys. Sounds like a problem.

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rosabmoss (Banned) 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

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Znewie71 10 days ago 2
10 days ago

I mean i agree an artist safety is very important especially with out of control fans, but is that fair to the other fans who are not that way, and want to see their artist in person, i mean it is a fanmeet, and in kpop thats so important for groups especially with connecting with foreign fans. I believe the job of the safety of the artist should be in thd hands of security and the company staff that is hired for the event to control those type of fans.

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Ohboy69 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

They just want fanmeets to be smaller, that's reasonable. If Pledis can't control larger crowds then organizing, for example, two fanmeets instead of one makes more sense.

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SilverRain 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

hello. Just wanted to say that LOVEs (Nu'est's fanclub), DO want them to have an event in Japan. It's just that this particular one was to be *7 HOURS LONG*, which is also awfully reminiscent to an event in 2016 where the members had to take photos for hours and hours without proper breaks - thet had to keep taking photos as long as people were still in line (and fans could also keep coming back). For this current event, LOVEs initially wanted feedback and an announcement from Pledis that would assure them that Nu'est W's wellbeing would be kept in mind throughout the event (and maybe even make it shorter), but that did not happen. Instead, Pledis chose to delete posts regarding it on the fancafe and wouldn't answer emails or calls (basically shutting down any form of communication with fans). Thus, things escalated to that point

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Elizabethxold (Banned) 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

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_Jarhon 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

Holy fuck is that sad. One more installment in our long series: fans dictating how you run your business.

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Georgefinn (Banned) 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

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myma 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

"This week in crazy fan protests"

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nnani 10 days ago 4
10 days ago

Pretty much looks like vandalism not a protest. Also only people hurting them are you, you're halting their promotions and their job for your own selfish needs. They have security to handle the cringe worthy fake fans to get too much skinship. You getting Pledis (who were stupid to let these people get away with it) to cancel the event hurts them. It doesn't make anything better.

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Ninjapotato 10 days ago 3
10 days ago

Oh please you dont even know what they did to NUEST in the past. Stop talking bullshit. Also, Pledis is not that saint. They will repeat the same mistake over and over again. Fans are ok with promotions in Japan but not this kind of event.

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nnani 10 days ago 0
10 days ago

If you're that butt fucking hurt that is your problem and no one elses. Don't blame someone else for your personality and choice of actions. No one is responsible other than yourself. You choose how you act, no one else does.

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nnani 10 days ago 1
10 days ago

Oh please my fucking ass. I've been in this fandom since D1, don't you fucking tell me what I know and don't know. You're also bringing up irrelevant fucking shit right now. What does Pledis in the past or not being a saint have to fucking do with FANS and THEIR OWN ACTIONS. No one is responsible for fans being touchy other than themselves. Don't you even fucking try it. No one said Pledis was a saint, stop trying to act educated and cool when you aren't. Stop bragging just to seem smart. My comment had nothing to do with Pledis, it was about these fans. Learnt to fucking read before speaking.

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Ninjapotato 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

ok.


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