Korean EXO-Ls (K EXO-Ls) have carried out their first physical protest in front of SMTOWN’s Coex Atrium on January 19, and photos from the protest are evoking laughter among fandoms.
This particular Korean EXO-L fandom union is the same one who put out a lengthy statement about why they’d like to see Chen be kicked out of EXO, they also threatened they’d begin protests if SM didn’t respond by January 18, which they didn’t, hence the protest actually carried out.
On January 19, a group of Korean EXO-Ls began their protest in front of SMTOWN’s Coex Atrium. At first, about 7 people showed up but later, that number went up a bit. It is still considered low compared to how many k-netizens showed support for their ideas and to the number of people who follow and spread their content as well.
They posted to their official twitter account their rules for the protest and why they plan on continuing until their demands are met. There are many contrasting reactions to their protests.
In a banner they set up in front of the building, they affirmed their opinions on Chen staying a part of EXO,
“In the future we see, there is no Chen. We request the withdrawal of Chen from EXO for tainting the group’s image and breaking fans’ trust.”
시위는 성공적으로 끝났습니다.
추운 날임에도 불구하고 많이 와주셔서 감사합니다.
부족한 진행이었지만 지지해주셔서 감사합니다.
음료와 핫팩 등을 제공해주신 중국팬분들과 한국팬분들께 감사의 마음을 표합니다. pic.twitter.com/yi4dz7IrN2
— EXO-L ACE CAFE : 엑소엘 에이스 카페 (@EXOLACECAFE) January 19, 2020
[ EXO-L ACE 연합 공식 성명서 ]
— EXO-L ACE CAFE : 엑소엘 에이스 카페 (@EXOLACECAFE) January 16, 2020
On the other hand, many EXO-Ls from around the globe continue to dissociate themselves from that particular EXO-L fandom. They have been planning hashtags and events to show their support for Chen and they’re demanding SM take strict legal action against defamatory comments as well as the spreading of malicious fake rumors to taint Chen’s reputation.
Fake exo-ls:we are one and we gonna get chen out of exo
Also fake exo-ls: pic.twitter.com/59ivTDBrq9
— wolfy is RARE EXO is NINE (@WROLFEES) January 19, 2020
Death threats for jongdae, his child and future wife, leaking of private informations such as their home address, name of the girlfriend and her social medias, petitions for getting him kicked out of the group. The image of the group has been damaged not by the news, but by fans. https://t.co/nC4KcsqQFw
— with chen✨ (@tenshisuho) January 19, 2020
— yaeun ⭐️ (@yaeunstar) January 19, 2020
Sorry, we don’t know demo.
We just know party celebration 🎉CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MARRY PLANNING ANNOUNCEMENT #CHEN! ❤️
FROM ERINA 😊👍🎊#CHEN_STAYS#MyAnswerIsEXO9#엑소9_평생_함께가자@weareoneEXO pic.twitter.com/lUmW9hA5TZ
— for Chen, so what?? || drey 🌸 (@SundaeKiss0921) January 19, 2020
We are here to fight for basic human rights. Chen’s letter and SM’s official statement has clearly indicate that he shall continue his career as usual meaning Chen/Kim Jongdae is STILL, AND ALWAYS WILL BE, an EXO member.
There’s no further clarification needed.#CHEN_STAYS
— EXO GLOBAL [Hiatus] (@EXOGlobal) January 19, 2020
SM has not issued a response to either side as of this writing. Stay tuned for updates!
What do you think of their protest?