VICTON's agency Play M Entertainment issued a statement in which they ask fans not to follow and disturb members during their Lunar New Year time off, which they plan to spend with their families.
They addressed sasaeng-like behavior:
"Despite the announcement we made last November, some fans have been visiting the artists’ personal space such as their accomodation, practice rooms, and offices, and even following them during their personal time.
The acts of utilizing the personal space of the artists and causing discomfort to other people in the neighborhood, going up and down in the same elevators as the artists, and trying to call them when they’re on live broadcast as soon as they get home are getting worse over time, and as a result, the harm it’s putting on the artists’ mental health is getting worse as well. The persons involved will no longer stop at warnings and use the circumstantial evidence gathered below to take legal action."
Play M Entertainment attached photos of the sasaengs and called them out on their disturbing behavior.
What caught attention in their statement, however, was a strong use of words addressing these 'fans'. The agency called them 'attackers and assailants'.
"Unfortunately, we still have no choice but to call them “fans” or “sasaengs”, but we will be sure to take strict action so that the attackers and assailants will no longer be able to hide behind their excuse of being fans."
What do you think of Play M Entertainment's statement? Should other agencies follow suit or is it not enough to solve the problem?