On May 21, NCT 127 stopped in Mexico for their Neo City – The Origin tour, but their arrival at the airport didn’t go as smoothly as planned.
In addition to NCT’s own staff, there were fans who acted as a second line of defense to protect the idols from overzealous fans. But, it wasn’t enough.
Everything seemed to be fine at first. All of the fans had been watching NCT arrive from a reasonable distance, but they got closer and closer as more of the members appeared until it became chaos.
so yall are really out here mobbing nct, hitting taeyong, pushing yuta, and clinging onto mark. yall really have no idea how to control yourselves, always preaching about wanting to keep your idols safe and then you do shit like this…. pic.twitter.com/HSDmSAfWZ7
— ًmissing bts (@yeotiny) May 21, 2019
People who mobbed NCT 127 in the airport don’t know what privacy means 🤮pic.twitter.com/QB0Xm4LyTY
— ~going to see nct 127 (@neovengers) May 21, 2019
Unfortunately, it escalated to the point where fans put their hands on the members. There were accounts of Taeyong and Jungwoo being physically hit and shoved. Here, one overzealous fan touched Yuta‘s head by trying to take his hat.
WHO THE FUCK TRIED TO TAKE YUTA’S HAT OFF HIS FUCKING HEAD WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING pic.twitter.com/OeIwLcvs57
— 𝐚𝐧𝐢 [🛫] (@xuxiteez) May 21, 2019
On top of that, a security employee tasked with protecting NCT was instead seen recording them with her phone.
so you’re telling me that this lady was filming nct while they were being mobbed when she should have been helping them get to their car safely? a firing we are doing today mane pic.twitter.com/YBCBd9gGwd
— ryu misses nct (@solojaehyvn) May 21, 2019
Everyone deserves personal space and the right to feel safe, and NCT wasn’t given those basic rights. Hopefully NCT didn’t sustain any injuries and weren’t seriously harmed.
0 days without nonsense huh… over and over again we’ve dealt with reoccurring issues and over and over again we have the same conversation about respect and giving people their personal boundaries. nct are not your property or objects, they’re humans who deserve respect.
— johnny pics¹²⁷ (@suhjohnnypic) May 21, 2019
There were a lot of things that went wrong in this situation. But, it can act as a learning experience on the importance of safety for both fans and idols.