Rookie girl group Fanatics have become victims of sexual harassment after a male staff member was heard making a sexual remark towards the members.
On a V Live broadcast back on September 7, four of the Fanatics members (Via, Chaelin, Doi, Rayeon) held a broadcast to chat with their fans. During the broadcast, they held a special lottery drawing among their fans to decide who would win a drawing done by member Doi.
The members were each wearing short skirts, without any blankets or jackets to cover their legs. This is notable, as female idols are generally provided blankets or a similar item to cover their legs when sitting, in order to prevent any accidents.
The camera angle at the time show the members legs. Around 11 minutes into their broadcast, a female staff member hands a purple sweater to Via, who covers hers and Chaelin’s legs.
A few minutes later, the same female staff member personally places another jacket over Doi and Rayeon’s legs. However, as soon as the girls’ legs were covered, a male voice can be heard, along with 2 instances of what sounds like someone being slapped.
— 괜찮아요? (@KKKKCCCCkcsmx2) September 16, 2020
What are you doing, covering [their legs] up? We’re trying to show them, why are you covering it? Are you stupid?
— Male staff
Right after this is said, Doi hands back the jacket that was covering her and Rayeon’s legs. While doing so, Doi had a concerned expression on her face.
The moment the slapping sound occurs, Chaelin immediately stops mid-sentence, and forces a smile. Rayeon also forces a smile at that moment. Via simply looks up, presumably at another staff member.
In addition, some fans have been saying that the female staff member isn’t actually a staff member, but instead another member of Fanatics, Sika. The identity of the woman who gave the members the jackets has not been confirmed though.
wait after some quick research, the one who gave the girls the jacket WASNT actually a staff member. it was their own GROUP MEMBER Sika who gave it, and got slapped twice. he slapped one of Fanatics’ members off camera https://t.co/rO40cdRTJ1
— idols in yellow!! 🌼 (@idolsinyelllow) September 16, 2020
For the rest of the broadcast, Doi and Rayeon carried out the broadcast with their legs uncovered, and the camera angle was still set to keep their legs shown. Doi and Rayeon spent most of the remainder of the broadcast sitting with their legs crossed.
Fans of the group and netizens alike are furious with the management of the group for saying such sexually harassing remarks.
“What kind of man is that male staff?”
“I think if I was their parents, my heart would collapse after seeing that.”
“I feel so upset, seeing the members’ faces.”
Fanatics’ agency, FENT, has yet to release a statement regarding the incident. You can watch the entire incident below, starting at 13:20.