Some ENHYPEN fans have decided to engage in mass protests against BeLift Lab, demanding that the choreography for the group's latest title track "Bite Me" be changed.
ENHYPEN just recently signaled their return back on May 22 with the release of their 4th mini album 'DARK BLOOD' and its title track, "Bite Me". At the same time, the popular dance content channel STUDIO CHOOM released a teaser for ENHYPEN's upcoming performance video, giving fans a glimpse of the live stage choreography for the first time.
In the choreography video teaser, the members of ENHYPEN are seen interacting with masked, female dancers. Of course, some fans who attended ENHYPEN's comeback showcase also had the chance to witness the live stage choreography in-person.
Soon afterward, some fans problematized the "Bite Me" choreography for its interactive components with female dancers, finding multiple parts "suggestive".
A joint statement issued by "ENGENE" on May 23 indicated, "ENHYPEN is still a young group which has yet to celebrate its 3rd anniversary since debut, and the team's average age is 19.6 years old, including members who are still minors. It is still too early in their careers to pull of choreography which comes across as old and suggestive." The statement went on to demand, "ENGENE demands that all choreography involving female dancers be removed from the 'Bite Me' performance. Beginning with the pre-recorded stage for the May 25 broadcast of 'M! Countdown' which will be filmed at 2:30 AM KST, show us a performance consisting only of the 7 members of ENHYPEN. If the matter is not corrected, we will respond with additional organized action."
On the morning of May 24 KST, fans initiated a truck protest outside the HYBE building which read, "BeLift Lab treats fans like fools. It is a company that stands in the way of its artists' success. It is a company that has no will for improvement. It is the HYBE label with the worst creative sense."
Other netizens added on their own comments on online communities, such as, "If you watch the performance live in-person, it's so painful", "Why would fans pay to watch their idols dancing with women on stage...", "The choreography is ugly. It doesn't let the members shine", etc.
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