On May 2nd, the members of aespa performed at the Kyungbock boys High School. Even though this performance was supposed to be a unique experience with students from the boys’ school, many internet users were shocked and criticized the lack of security at the event.
In the shared videos of the event, it is seen how many students approached the girls of the K-Pop group, invading their personal space and it is mentioned that they harassed them with inappropriate touching. In addition, information was leaked that some students sold videos of the show.
thank you manager unnie in striped shirt for protecting our aespa girls?? we love you pic.twitter.com/EqIJ9geSMZ
— winter hoodie (@winttokkie) May 2, 2022
The school issued an apology that was not well received by netizens, stating that “strangers who are not high school students have entered the school without permission, causing controversial content to be posted online“. Following criticism the statement was removed and replaced with a new one.
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“Earlier today, a celebratory event took place commemorating Kyungbock High School’s 101st anniversary. During this event, aespa performed a congratulatory stage as guests.
However, an incident which inadvertently defamed the character of aespa as well as SM Entertainment occurred, and we would like to offer our deepest apologies.
Although we attempted to establish order during the event, some of our students acted immaturely during the performance, and after the event, various posts related to the performance including photos and comments made via SNS stirred controversy.
The school intends on educating all students regarding proper event etiquette and gender sensitivity immediately, as to prevent such events from occurring in the future.
Ultimately, the school sincerely apologizes for tarnishing the images of SM Entertainment’s artists aespa from this event“
Kyungbock High School issues 2nd apology for the harassment towards aespa.
Saying the school will educate all students for proper etiquette and gender sensitivity matter, also apologizing to aespa and SM Ent. pic.twitter.com/CvjW7El3rs
— GLOBALMYEON (@globalmyeon) May 3, 2022