K-pop boy band BTS have started their “BTS Live” concert tour in Asia and their agency have reminded fans to be courteous and follow fan etiquette.
BTS members being swarmed by fans at Taiwan airport on June 8 (Screenshot from BTS Kindergarten video on YouTube)
In a notice, BigHit Entertainment cited several incidents where “some fans showed their affection for BTS in a wrong manner.”
“Such attitude of a small number of people can and do cause harm on a lot of people, including BTS members,” the agency said.
In one instance, BigHit said “some fans used the same airlines with BTS on purpose and kept trying to talk to BTS or taking pictures of the members, despite restraints by Big Hit staff and security guards.”
Some fans also “tried to sit next to BTS members on board (and) attempted to get a hold of BTS members by making physical contacts and etc.”
“BigHit Entertainment takes safety of BTS and fans as number one priority and does its best to secure the safety of BTS members by allocating as many security guards as possible on site. We also politely ask fans to stay safe and to follow the fan etiquettes,” the agency pleaded.
BTS arrived on June 8 in Taiwan, the first stop after launching the tour in Seoul last month. At the airport, BTS members were mobbed by fans who wanted to see and take photos of them.
“If any of the incidents on the above list happens, BTS and fans will be affected directly. It will also damage the image and future activities of BTS very seriously,” BigHit reminded.
It added, “To prevent such unpleasant incidents and to help BTS successfully finish the tour, Big Hit Entertainment hereby asks all the fans to follow the etiquette and rules mutually agreed among fans around the world.”
BigHit thanked fans for the cooperation and understanding.