Pictured above are not anti-fans. Look at those smiles, they're the real deal!
I will never, ever be able to understand the minds of anti-fans, and because of that they absolutely fascinate me.
Fascinate and terrify me.
How can someone be filled with so much hate for people they don't even know?
Here are some instances of anti-fans in Kpop through the years:
Yunho and Glue
TVXQ were the next generation of boy bands and their debut wasn't an easy time. In 2006, Yunho was given a drink backstage by a staff member. It turned out that the drink contained super glue which caused him to vomit and cough out blood before fainting.
Yunho didn't press charges because once the culprit was caught, he discovered that the anti-fan was a girl the same age as his little sister.
Tablo and Stanford
Tablo has an incredible story. He finished his degree with the highest marks from a top US university, Stanford, and is now a successful author and hip hop artist - hard to believe right? Well, a ton of anti-fans decided they didn't believe it and they wanted to drag Tablo down.
They formed a forum called Tajinyo, claiming that Tablo had faked getting his diploma from Stanford. Two years of harassment of not only Tablo but his entire family put him under extreme mental stress and threw him into depression.
Stanford representatives affirmed his alumnus status and jail sentences were issued for harassment. Many of his new songs (especially on Epik High's 99 album) were related to this incident.
Girls Generation and Black Ocean
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In 2008, not shortly after their debut, SNSD faced their worst nightmare. At Dream Concert (a yearly concert for all the big names) they walked onto the stage to silence. All the glow sticks were off, no one was cheering. It was a black ocean.
There were rumors that it fans were upset about comments made by Tiffany (Tiffany actually had the most anti-fans early on...) but no one really knows. At the same concert, Super Junior's fan banners were torn down WHILE SuJu was performing on stage.
No one knows exactly why it happened, but many speculate it was also because of the fact that they were very friendly with other male idol groups (namely Super Junior...) and people were jealous.
Yoon Eun Hye and Eye Attacks
You probably know her for her adorable role in Coffee Prince, but during her days as a member of Baby V.O.X, Yoon Eun Hye found herself constantly terrorized by anti-fans.
One of the biggest incidents was when a man squirted a mixture of vinegar and soy sauce directly into her eye, causing damage to her corneas and forcing her to wear an eye patch during her group's promotion activities.
She was also egged and had food thrown at her by anti-fans constantly.
There are so many more instances such as a girl on Star King receiving so many harsh words from taking a picture with Super Junior's Kangin that she committed suicide. Artists have received razor blades sent to them in the mail and have had their families threatened. Think of Rap Mon! Joke or no joke, death threats are terrifying.
What do you think the motive is behind these people? Or are they just crazy?
One motive I can think of is attention.
There was a case at a VIXX fansign where a fan went up to get her album signed and had written crude and horrible things about Hakyeon on a post-it in the album he was signing. He simply looked at her and asked 'why are you doing this?'
I think, especially if you're going to do something mean to an idol when you're FACE TO FACE with them, it's because you want attention - and you'll probably get more as an anti-fan than as a normal fan. But who knows...