9:06 pm - 04/27/2019

Big Hit Staff Receives Criticism Over Alleged Sexual Harassment At BTS Fansign

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The bodyguard was a woman. She was holding my waist as soon as I reached the 2nd member, and was going to get my signature from Jimin and pushed me. You can't even talk with the members for a lot of time, so I was trying to hold it in, but she kept pushing me the whole time.
I made it clear that I didn't want her to push me in front of Jimin, but she kept doing it, but Jimin kept the conversation even though she was pushing me. The members also kept looking at the bodyguard, so they couldn't concentrate on following our conversation. She kept pushing me the whole time, grabbing me by my waist, I even told her to stop, but she did it until the last member, Yoongi, she didn't stop once.

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It's not like I spent more time talking to the members than the other fans, and it's not like I was trying to stay with the members even when we were done talking. There was no need for her to cut in the middle of our conversations, and the skinship was just so uncomfortable. It's not like I can easily go to their fansign so this is just too upsetting.
I'm preparing to tweet about it, so I thank the Army for sharing about this. I hope that Bighit fix their mistakes ASAP.

1. The person who grabbed her was a woman
2. We're not sure yet if it's a staff or bodyguard
3. The fan herself said it was uncomfortable

Video of incident:

The I-fans are currently calling this disgusting and uncomfortable.

In April 24th 2018, during an overseas concert, there as a fan who claimed she got sexually harassed by a staff and it became really controversial. Bighit said that they would take strong measures to educate their staff.

Netizen comments:
1. She must've had the biggest reality check

2. People always think that those types of controversies are trivial, but we need to do something about it and stop overlooking them

3. But to be honest even if it was a woman, to grab someone by their waist like that is just disgusting

4. Ew why are Bighit's staff like that seriously, there are always so much talks circulating about their bodyguards, this is getting annoying

5. You can't touch someone like that even though you're a woman... She paid to attend those events, treat her accordingly

6. If you guys can't understand, how would you feel being touched like that?

7. Wow it's not like you can attend BTS fansign by only purchasing one or two albums, you need to buy so many of them, this kind of treatment is too much

8. Do they have to treat people like that in fanmeetings? Aren't people supposed to go there and come out happy?

9. Even if she was a woman, it's still considered sexual harassment since it comes from the back, you can't tell if it's a guy or a girl

10. If she didn't give the permission to get touched, it's considered sexual harassment, don't you know that? In what generation do we live in?

Source: theqoo, @taeOt7first
Translation: pann-choa
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onlylexy 28th-Apr-2019 02:42 am (UTC)
She needs to be treated the same way as if it were a man. She made me very uncomfortable when I wathced it thinking she was male and that feeling doesnt change because she is a female. Her approach was inappropriate and she should not have put her hands on them in that manner or at all!

Edited at 2019-04-28 02:43 am (UTC)
maboroshi_i 28th-Apr-2019 02:47 am (UTC)
i've seen two different videos, one with a male staff and another with a female staff (i'm mistaken, i think it's just female staff) the fans in the two videos are different too which means they were probably doing this* a lot and that makes me incredibly uncomfortable :/

Edited at 2019-04-28 03:15 am (UTC)
jaequeeragenda 28th-Apr-2019 03:35 am (UTC)
omggggg if anyone came up behind me and put their hands on my waist, it in my head is like kill bill sirens going off and im ready to defend till my last dying breath, just OOFFFF lol but im also very skittish and paranoid and very uncomfortable with physical contact even from ppl i know lol so i can only speak for myself. if that were me, id have freaked out D;

jyusou 28th-Apr-2019 03:40 am (UTC)
Oof, first the TXT fandom name, now this. Not good.
lil_poisonfrog 28th-Apr-2019 03:56 am (UTC)
I just looked up their fandom name bc of this comment and....yeah that will have disturbing implications as they get older 😬
iglooaustralia 28th-Apr-2019 03:43 am (UTC)
i've literally never seen security touch someone like that... yikes. she deserves to lose her job for this.
viktoriaskomova 28th-Apr-2019 03:57 am (UTC)
this really made me uncomfortable, regardless of if it's a man or a woman. why was it necessary to push her by the waist? tapping the fan's shoulder/arm would have been a much more appropriate way to get her to move along than what it looks like in the video where she appears to be getting pushed along by the waist
ty 28th-Apr-2019 04:01 am (UTC)
I'd like to see another video. I do feel like it must suck dealing with fans/stans all day who think they are not taking more time than others. The young woman in the white tennis shoes was already there longer... how do you get a fan/stan to move sometimes? I see both sides because if bodyguards having to deal with them and any contact will start being "sexual harassment", there are going to be a lot of problems.

kimbafierce 28th-Apr-2019 09:26 am (UTC)
mte. Like I can only judge based on the video provided up there, but that girl in the short skirt resisted moving even when she was pushed. How am I - as staff - supposed to keep these fans moving?

But I have say, she didn't need to touch the other girl, not before asking her to move verbally, and it doesn't seem like she did.
nana_the_dwarf 28th-Apr-2019 04:15 am (UTC)
It doesn’t make it any less creepy because she’s a woman.
sciencebottle 28th-Apr-2019 04:20 am (UTC)
She should've tapped the fan's arm or shoulder or something. I get that they're trying to do their job, but part of their job should only be to use physical force that is only absolutely necessary, and not what will necessarily force people to move faster...
pastelpinklace 28th-Apr-2019 04:31 am (UTC)
Tap their shoulder, wtf is wrong with people
jackieee94 28th-Apr-2019 05:50 am (UTC)
Nope that shit right there is uncomfortable. They need to tap their shoulders or arms.
markama 28th-Apr-2019 05:54 am (UTC)
That's uncobfortable, to say the least...
premonitioner 28th-Apr-2019 10:03 am (UTC)
i think the leaning into it is what makes it most uncomfortable for me. if it was just someone pushing me along by the waist, i'd be very uncomfortable, yes, but the fact that this security guard leans in close to these fans shoulders just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up

Edited at 2019-04-28 10:04 am (UTC)
lydzi 28th-Apr-2019 12:12 pm (UTC)
My first guess would be that she's probbaly telling the girl to move discreetely but then again we don't know all the facts.
myrrhcat 28th-Apr-2019 11:31 am (UTC)
9. Even if she was a woman, it's still considered sexual harassment since it comes from the back, you can't tell if it's a guy or a girl

...interesting logic...
lydzi 28th-Apr-2019 12:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I'm just not going to go into this territory but I find that sentence very telling actually.
fadeintoyou 28th-Apr-2019 12:06 pm (UTC)

I’m not saying it’s right. A hand to the waist is way too personal. A tap to the should would do the same job. Leaning in really close is not right either but I do have to say, fans at a fan sign need to also respect the rules. Move along when it’s time to move. Unless there’s a different video, this one shows the girl before her has already moved on and she’s stalling.

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