Methods that K-Pop idols have used in a bid to fend off overly obsessive fans
Text: Dang Hui Ling
For those who are new to this term, sasaengs are supposed fans of K-Pop idols that follow the artistes 24/7, aka stalkers. Some hire taxis or charter vehicles to follow their idols wherever they go, some trace the celebs’ personal numbers so that they can call and text them, and some go as far as breaking into their dorms and installing cameras to “monitor” their activities.
DBSK’s sasaengs are notorious for their crazy moves: Sneaking into the boys’ apartment and kissing them while they are asleep, using menstrual blood to write fan letters (Ewww) and more.
Lately, EXO has also been making headlines with incidents such as the leaked recording of Tao singing in the shower, fans groping the boys at the airport and sasaengs who crashed Baekhyun’s brother’s wedding last weekend.
Sasaengs are, sadly, K-Pop’s unfortunate baggage. Regular fans do not like to be associated with them; neither do the idols enjoy their overzealous behaviour. Yet, because of the industry’s fan-pleasing culture, only a handful of these idols have actually stood up against overly obsessive fans.
Read on to find out some of the methods that K-Pop idols have used to fend off sasaengs.
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