The Daily Rant is a feature where I will speak freely without bias (actually, not sure if that is possible in a rant) and honestly about issues in the Asian entertainment world. Today’s Daily Rant is: sasaeng fans.
Sasaeng fans is a Korean term that is used to describe those crazy, obsessive stalker fans of Korean celebrities. They basically stalk these celebrities 24/7 and have no life. Wow, really? It’s one thing to be a loyal fan and love your favorite groups unconditionally. It’s another to just stalk and find out everything there is to know about said favorite idol groups. These fans just chase the idols around, hoping to catch a glimpse every single time. It’s actually quite scary how these fans know just about anything and everything, like when the idols’ flight will arrive especially when it’s kept in the dark. Going to the airport to see the idols is different from actually waiting outside where the idols live.
I’m not for one to invade an idol’s privacy. Yes, they probably knew what they were signing up for but with the media hounding them 24/7, you would think they would like some privacy to themselves. I also do not approve of chasing idols in a car on the streets. Accidents are bound to happen, like how Super Junior got into an accident because they were pursued by these fans. Fans need to keep in mind the safety. JYJ’s Jaejoong has tweeted about these fans, saying how these fans generally delay him 2-3 hours whenever he’s trying to spend time with his friends and family. These fans in their taxis don’t care if they’re interrupting with the idols’ personal lives, they just want to see them. I really wish sasaeng fans wouldn’t do this - I appreciate their love for their idols but really, stalking them to the point of getting phone numbers and waiting outside they live. A bit much?
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