2:56 pm - 11/13/2018
Mamamoo fans announce boycott out of protest over group's working conditions + RBW's response
Previously on November 9, MAMAMOO’s fan union requested RBW to postpone MAMAMOO’s upcoming December concert due to the girl group’s hectic schedule since releasing their special single “Paint Me” on January 4 earlier this year. Their schedule for the rest of the year included two mini album releases, seven concert shows, a Japanese debut, 70 local events, overseas performances, solo album releases, and solo concerts. This is in addition to their upcoming comeback with their eighth mini album “BLUE;S” on November 29 as well as their winter concert following their two-week long promotions for the album.
The fan union claimed that the reason for their anger was RBW’s continuous insincere feedback throughout the group’s recent activities. In particular, the reuse of old concert images and a notice that included broken reservation links for the group’s official showcase further fueled fans’ anger with the agency. There were also many complaints about the management of RBW’s artists, as the MAMAMOO members have been frequently injured while carrying out their numerous schedules, despite opposition from fans.
In response to the fan union’s statement, RBW commented, “The venue of the concert [SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium] was finalized in August, and we have been planning and practicing for the concert since then. A detailed poster and page design for the concert will be released on the 14th [through the reservation website]. If we decide to postpone or cancel the concert, we will receive a penalty and be unable to perform at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium for a year.”
The agency continued, “The health of our artists is also a top priority for our company. [MAMAMOO] took a long rest after shooting the music video, and are preparing for the album and concert in good condition.”
On November 10, MAMAMOO’s fan union gave another statement that read, “We can not agree with RBW’s insincere response. We will be boycotting the upcoming concerts’ fan club accreditation and reservations, concert-related official merchandise and DVDs, wreaths and other items of support, and goods from RBW’s official merchandise store.”
The fan union highlighted that the target of the boycott was RBW, not MAMAMOO, and continued, “We request specific feedback in regards to the improvement of artist treatment and postponement of the [December] concert. Until [RBW] releases a reasonable statement, we will be proactively pushing ahead with the boycott.”
MAMAMOO’s fandom has been actively posting the group’s detailed schedules on online communities and demanding a postponement to their concert by having the matter appear on their fancafe and real-time search rankings on different portal sites. Although fans will be boycotting MAMAMOO’s upcoming concert and merchandise related to it, they will still be supporting the release of their new album.
MAMAMOO will be releasing their eighth mini album “BLUE;S” on November 29, and will later be holding their “MAMAMOO F/W Concert” at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul on December 15-16.
“Hello. This is RBW. We apologize for not carefully checking fans’ opinions regarding MAMAMOO’s upcoming solo concert ‘4season F/W’ and for causing fans to worry.
“We are deeply realizing our responsibility for matters pertaining to this boycott. So that this kind of incident does not occur again, we will do our best to communicate and listen to the fans’ diverse opinions to apply them in the direction of MAMAMOO’s promotions.
“The ‘4season F/W’ concert is part of the scheduled ‘Four Seasons Four Colors’ project, and much progress has been made in preparing for the concert. Therefore, because of this situation where [delaying the concert] can affect future release plans, we ask for understanding in that we have no choice but to continue with the concert as planned.
“We sincerely apologize once more for disappointing and worrying fans. Moving forward, we will prioritize our artist MAMAMOO’s health and pay more attention to their safety and management. Thank you.”
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