This is possibly a #fandomfreakout?
"If a fandom had a collective neck, this is the group of people I would choose to choke."
"Super Show Information from Naver LIVE chat with a side of fandom idiocy"
On March 21st, two things happened to enrage somewhat pissy Super Junior fans. 1) Super Junior held a Naver LINE chat event in which Henry and Zhou Mi were present, Zhou Mi and Eunhyuk stated they would be more involved in Super Show and positive things were said about both Henry and Zhou Mi, with Eunhyuk and Shindong even approaching the topic of them not being onstage much/being side-lined and it being unfair. 2) Zhou Mi posted on weibo about Heechul for a second time in consecutive days.
The weibo post in question:
Heechul hyung let me post this recent picture for everyone, he misses you all (he) came back from the army forces to see us all, everybody please love him
Photos and quotes from LINE chat event
When introducing Henry and Zhou Mi:
Shindong: "Actually, when we have concerts, there are people who we felt sorry to introduce them late."
Eunhyuk: "And also,together with us Super Junior for a long time,we practice together,we eat together in our dorms,we share joys and sorrows, there are a couple of friends like that. They are Super Junior M members, Henry and Zhou Mi! Let's invite them to make their greetings!"
Later on in the chat:
Shindong asked what HenMi has prepared specially for the concert. Zhou Mi said there is M's performances and also stages with SJ members also increased.
Eunhyuk: "Actually, during all this time, it was a pity. In Zhou Mi and Henry's case, there is something that everyone needs to understand. They are always here at the concert venue, they come and they wait for a long period of time in the waiting room. It is such a long time that, when they appear for awhile on stage and they go back and wait for a long time again. These two friends actually have a lot of passion on stage, it is a pity that there are not many chances to perform together."
Shindong: "Something really touching is that during SS4, not sure if it was Zhou Mi or Henry, but one of them said that it was really a happy feeling to be able to perform and receive applause in Korea. When I heard it, the feeling of finally being able to perform comfortably on stage, I felt happy too."
Eunhyuk: "Although they are Super Junior M members, but it is a concert together with us,this time Henry and Zhou Mi will be participating more."
They also gave hints as to what 'characters' each member will play during certain stages, indicating Zhou Mi and Henry will be involved in these kinds of stages during the concert:
"The boys were giving hints about the characters that they each will play. Eunhyuk's character has long nails, Yesung's character is tanned, Shindong's character gets angry, Ryeowook, Sungmin's character has a wide forehead and is bald, Zhoumi's character laughs a lot, Henry's character has blond hair and knows martial arts, Kyuhyun's character is vulgar/rude and Kangin's character has a moustache."
These things were further aggravated when SMtown's facebook, the Super Junior official Weibo and twitter posted pictures, of the LINE event, including pictures of Henry and Zhou Mi, as a 'Super Junior' event. With not only13 appeasing distinction for Zhou Mi and Henry's presence. Plus, the merchandise for Super Show 5 Seoul was revealed, with Zhou Mi and Henry having some merchandise (a cushion) for Super Show for the first time.
Some 'fans' took to Zhou Mi's weibo and spammed with negative, hateful comments. These 'fans' were in distinct camps leave two different kinds of hateful comments:
- the delusional HanChul shippers that claimed Zhou Mi was trying to 'replace Han Geng', 'gain attention by using Heechul' and questioning why, oh why, would Heechul pass photos on to Zhou Mi when he could have any other member post on his behalf. A LOT of hate comments took this kind of angle.
- The 'fans' that saw comments about him 'replacing Han Geng' and used Han Geng as a basis to attack him because, in the eyes of the fandom, Han Geng and Zhou Mi are mortal enemies.
- The Only13ers that were raging about him being included more in Super Show/having merchandise/being labeled as Super Junior on various 'official' SNS platforms. These left a range of hate comments from the age old 'Super Junior is 13 (and you are not in it)' to accusations of wanting to replace ex-members, accusing him of posting Heechul's photo without Heechu's permission, siding with jilted shippers (as they do for pretty much any ship he's ever tainted) or just simply stating how they hated him upon first sight for no reason.
Heechul spoke about this briefly on Sundong Cafe, as if to clarify the weibo-post situation.
"When I had an accident, Zhoumi was a trainee in SM. He visited me in the hospital very often, so I like him a lot. Yesterday, he uploaded my photo on weibo because I forgot my weibo password. Thank you."
Hopefully some fans realised how dumb it was to over-react over something as simple as Heechul using Zhou Mi's weibo account.
Sources: weibo translation and pictures: SunshineZhouMi (1, 2, 3), Naver LINE chat translations: stringswithHenry (1, 2,) miniblues Sundong Cafe translation: heequeenting
tldr of this post; apparently Only13 is still a thing, Zhou Mi is a plague on all ships, Heechul wants you to shut up but SS5 is going to be really good.