In the Korean Entertainment industry, fans are an entity that idols cannot do without. The obsessive actions of various fandoms (or lack thereof) determine which artists succeed and which artists are ‘grounded to the dust from which they came‘
When possessed with such an extreme passion for a person, and constantly teased through confessions of their ‘ideal types‘ and appearances on ‘We Got Married‘, it is no wonder why some fans take their worship to the next level. Hence, every so often, the Internet is treated to the scandal of a fan or fans going beyond the ordinary ‘oppa saranghae‘, and into the bizarre and extreme.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 weirdest thing that fans have done for their idol.
By stalking, I don’t just mean your average Facebook stalking, I mean the ‘need to get restraining order taken out against you stalking‘. Sasaeng fans are the names given to people devout their lives and livelihood to following their favourite idol around Korea. These fans usually manage to capture the rare image of their idol makeup-less or…eating a sandwich…which I mean, is totally worth their time.
In the past these Sasaeng fans have been cited as the catalyst for a number of serious accidents (e.g. the Super Junior car crash), and many idols such as Jaejoong have spoken out against them here. In fact, a fan girl followed Siwon everyday for months when he was filming Skipbeat in Taiwan.
#4 Throwing rubbish at them & ‘slap’ requests
In a crowd of thousands of fangirls/fanboys, it can be difficult to get your ‘one and only’ to notice you. An effective way to draw attention to yourself is to throw rubbish at them. By rubbish I mean things ranging from peanuts to condoms. Big Bang’s T.O.P once had homemade confetti consisting of sunflower seeds and cookies thrown at him.
Super Junior Condoms at a concert:
Fans have also resorted to slapping their idols, or alternatively, requesting their idols to slap them.
Everyone remember the creepy incident when SNSD’s Taeyeon got pulled off stage by a crazy man. Here’s a clip of it if you’ve forgotten:
I’m sure that all of us have at one point ‘fantasied’ about kidnapping our bias. Actually, no I’ve never fantasied about it. Why? Because kidnapping is illegal.
Taeyeon’s incident isn’t even a rarity. Check out this clip of INFINITE’s Dongwoo getting dragged off stage by some crazy fans:
#2 Blood letters
Writing fan letters in blood is a symbol of devotion to an idol, because it involves pain and sacrifice. It also creates a certain ‘bond’ because of the supposed romance of making ‘blood vows’. However, some of these fans are drawing blood from, well, their necks. Really guys, you could DIE! And then how would you meet your beloved Taeyang?
The pictures below were posted on twitter entitled: ‘If you’re going to cut yourself, do it right‘:
#1 *fan chant & drumroll please*
If you really want to give your love notes an intimate touch, then you need a special type of ink: Period Blood. Only the smart fans do this because they understand a certain type of logic that the fans above do not, which is: why cut yourself when you have a fresh supply of blood every 28 days?
The picture above is the famous letter written to 2PM’s Taecyeon. It is also covered with sprinklings of pubic hair and dead skin (?). The literal translation of the note is:
I dedicate to Taecyeon my period blood letter
Ok Taecyeon, You cannot live without me
Sprinkled with a few strands of my pubes
Now I love gifts as much as the next person, but I don’t know, this is just…not up to standard. I mean, the writing is all messy and it looks like she just tore the page from the notebook. And why would you use your blood to state something that is so blatantly obvious (honestly, Taecyeon has eyes and I think he would know what pubic hair looks like).
At the end of the day, it is quite easy for fans to tip the scale from ‘like’ to ‘love’ and then to ‘down right creepy’. As much as I like Xiah, I would never dream of doing any of the above to him. Actually, because I’m so cheap, I don’t even send gifts to him. Isn’t my love valuable enough?