[Maeil Business Star Today Jin Hyang-hee]
While EXO member Chen announces marriage and pregnancy at the same time, polarization is happening in fandom. Some fans are taking action to call for his removal from the group.
EXO’s fan club ‘EXO-L ACE’ alliance (hereinafter referred to as ‘EXO-L’) held a silent demonstration with the sign ‘#chen_withdrawal’ in front of SMTOWN COEX Artium in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, on January 19th.
EXO-L announced on the official Twitter that a rally will be held in front of Coex Artium, SMTOWN, Samsung-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul from 1 pm to 6 pm, on January the 19th.
EXO-L posted on its official twitter to encourage participation, “The demonstration is going smoothly. You can join us even in the middle of the demonstration. We ask for the participation of many fans.”
However, the EXO Gallery expressed regret for the rally and announced its intention to go to the rally and contact Chen’s withdrawal claimants.
Chen posted a handwritten letter to the fan community on the 13th and announced the marriage of his girlfriend and the pregnancy. SM Entertainment also announced that Chen’s bride is a non-celebrity and the wedding will be held in private.
Some fans reacted to take collective action, “The image of the group EXO is seriously damaged and the division and destruction of fandom is serious. Unstable group schedule damages to both fandoms and artists.”
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