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K-pop group aespa members harassed during performance at all-boys school in South Korea

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South Korean female group aespa became a target of sexual harassment following their performance at all-boys school.

K-pop group aespa members harassed during performance at all-boys school in South Korea

K-pop group aespa members harassed during performance at all-boys school in South Korea

According to Korea JoongAng Daily, aespa performed during a school festival at Kyungbock High School. The all-boys school, located in central Seoul, is the alma mater of Lee Soo Man, the head of aespa’s agency SM Entertainment. Rookie K-pop acts under the SM label have traditionally performed at the school’s festival over the years.

Controversy arose when a number of boys rushed onto the stage uninvited during the performance to take pictures with the group, then later when students swarmed aespa as the group was leaving. With inadequate security and bodyguards, the members were caught off-guard, held up and could not get off the stage. The students were also seen taking photos with the members, with some even trying to touch them.

Some photos with sexually inappropriate comments later circulated online, drawing outrage from social media users and fans. aespa fans and Korean netizens alike are expressing outrage toward the students’ behaviour as well as the overall lack of proper security. “Secure the safety of aespa” has been a trending social media hashtag among MY, the name for aespa fans, since Monday.

Per the report, Kyungbock High School soon issued an apology on its website for the students’ disorderly conduct, but denied that the inappropriate social media posts were made by its students. “After we looked into the matter and asked students, we are assuming that some outsiders who were not allowed inside the school but came to see the performance wrote such posts maliciously,” the school stated. “We apologize again for damaging the honor of SM Entertainment and aespa.”

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