June 12 has been one wild ride for iKON fans who woke up to the terrible news that B.I left his group after Dispatch released a report showing alleged Kakaotalk messages from a drug dealer phone, the drug dealer allegedly negotiated to sell LSD to B.I.
Shortly after the news broke out, B.I released a personal statement in which he apologized for disappointing fans. In his letter, he explains he was in a dark place and tempted to do drugs, however, because he was too terrified he ended up not partaking in it.
Not too long after his apology, YG Entertainment released a statement in which they confirmed his departure from iKON, they also stated his contract with them was also terminated.
To add insult to injury, all the variety shows he recorded released official statements announcing they will be editing him out as much as possible due to his drug controversy.
After that, a source from the police said they would be looking into the matter and there could possibly be a chance to re-investigate the said incident which happened in 2016.
iKONICs were devastated to hear the news. iKON lost its leader and its main producer. B.I had helped iKON become what it is today.
Many fans believe the punishment doesn’t fit the allegations made against him. Some trended the hashtag #suedispatch and expressed their resentment towards the news outlet for releasing the kakaotalk messages, others trended hashtags asking the rest of iKON to leave YG Entertainment.
International fans do not support the decision the agency made to terminate his contract and agree to let him leave iKON.
Due to this, one fan started a petition on Change.org titled ‘HANBIN SHOULDN’T HAVE TO LEAVE IKON.’
In the petition, it is explained,
“Ikonics and fans don’t want Hanbin to leave ikon when he did nothing wrong. He doesn’t deserve to.”
The petition also clearly states that its not trying to force B.I to get back to the group and its merely created to show support for the rapper.
As of this writing, the petition has garnered more than 442,797 signatures, it’s been on the website for less than a day and is expected to gain even more in the near future.
The sad news caught the attention of other fandoms as well who also joined hands to sign the petition as well. Many others left encouraging messages to the rapper on his social media accounts.
Here is the link to the petition.
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