In light of the recent controversy of NCT‘s Jungwoo smoking cigarettes, NCTzens are calling for action against the many sasaengs that NCT has been facing since before debut. A sasaeng is an obsessive fan who stalks, or engages in other behaviors invading the privacy of a Korean idol or other public figure. The recent photos of Jungwoo smoking behind a building had supposedly been taken by alleged sasaengs MIMH and FTTM, sparking a conversation of respecting idols’ privacy.
I don't even give a damn at all by knowing these adult men doing things who shouldn't bother anyone but themselves. But I DO CARE about the fact that those pics roaming around are from a sasaeng who really have a shitty history in NCT. Stop spreading and tolerating this behavior
— RESONANCE AOTY • NCT 2020 • (@nct_bestbois) December 9, 2020
Why the fuck is everyone talking about him and what he does in his private time & NOT ABOUT THE FUCKING SASAENG THAT FOLLOWED HIM AND THE OTHERS I saw the pictures, they are everywhere. Why is people spreading them… STOP. Find the bitch/es that shared it!!! #JUNGWOO #sasaengs
— IlikechurrosSHINee&NCTㅎㅅㅎ♡ (@KQ1502) December 9, 2020
how do y’all think she got that pic of jungwoo in the first place? she has been following nct around STALKING them and now y’all are all giggling on the tl sharing the pic like it’s no big deal. fuck y’all seriously
— 愛 ★ wood (@dracyuta) December 9, 2020
Fans are urging others to help in the fight to keep SM Entertainment artists safe by notifying the company and reporting alleged sasaeng Twitter accounts.. Some have even made it easy and have drafted emails in Korean for fans to send.
i made an email template to contact SM entertainment regarding NCT and EXO’s safety. Please email the company. It’s become a daily thing for mistreatment of SM artists and sasaeng behavior being seen, yet nothing is being done by the company. https://t.co/0QP2jrsP1C
— nat ⁷ 🇨🇴 (@btsvtcollab) June 21, 2020
Although it is indeed a health concern, NCTzens are telling people to “grow up” and look at the bigger issues regarding the boys’ safety. Fans fear for the group’s mental health, wellbeing, and reputation.
personally i think you’re all fucked up for making a huge fuss with these jokes and horny tweets about smoking – instead of focusing on how a historically extreme ssg is currently behaving erratically and leaking things and is a real genuine threat to nct’s wellbeing
— johnjae’s ass grab (@rosebubus) December 9, 2020
Could y'all stop spreading the pic of jungwoo smoking? 1.THE PICS WERE TAKEN BY SAESANGS 2.HES A GROWN A$$ MAN
3.ONLY CAUSE HE'S AN IDOL IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT HE HAVE TO BE PERFECT #JUNGWOO #jungwoosmoking #saesangs #educatehendery #NCT #NCT정우 #stop #hendery #HENDERYAPOLOGIZE pic.twitter.com/122JunTC4w
— ☃︎㋛︎ (@Choerryjuice) December 9, 2020
the sasaeng situation for nct & wayv just keeps getting worse. i just worry for their safety… like. it's getting super concerning.
— lee (@detectivecatboy) June 21, 2020
This is not NCT’s first problem with sasaengs however, as they have been dealing with them for what seems like forever. Just earlier this year, Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun vented about the sasaengs.
They wait in front of NCT’s house all night long until morning.
This sparked concern as it seemed extremely serious if another SM Entertainment idol addressed it.
Whatever way in which you give us love, we will be thankful. But there are people in front of our dorm building. Not just for the nine of us, but the NCT Dream dorm as well. We are so stressed about this and to be honest, it gives us a hard time. I know that you will still come even if I address this – we have directly requested you not to so many times. ‘It’s okay for us to be uncomfortable’ – this phrase is such a weird one right? In a space meant for rest, we want to be able to do so and eat and play amongst ourselves. Despite this, you make us uncomfortable and have a hard time. We know that you do this because you like us but no actually, if you like us, I can’t understand this even more.
NCTzens hope that if the scandal is going to gain traction, that at least the sasaeng issue gets addressed.