By: LazerKim In Tokyo, the Hanabi Festival or Firework Festival held last Friday evening August 10, 2012 was all over the local news in Japan yesterday as Kim Hyun Joong highlighted the event as the show finale was performed by Hyun Joong before the actual firework display. It was said that over a hundred thousand Japanese and foreigners were at the event and most of them were Hyun Joong’s fans that evidently the sea of green surfaced as Hyun Joong started his showcase performance.
It was such a spectacular show that rock the stage of the venue as soon as Hyun Joong’s show fanfare starts rolling, singing seven songs live as Hyun Joong was totally in control of a huge crowd. It was a successful performance that his Japanese fans truly enjoyed this year’s Firework event. There were other Japanese and Korean star performers too and the finale which highlighted the show was performed by Hyun Joong which his fans took great pride being a star to be a part of this year celebration of Hanabi. This is indeed a lucky treat for Hyun Joong’s fans.
Hyun Joong came back home to Seoul yesterday and as usual his Japanese fans were at the airport to see him off and in Seoul his Korean fans welcome him back. And talking about airport, yesterday there was an article posted at allKpop with the title “Airports are not Concert Venues”. Some of you might have read it and for those who have not, let me share the link as follows:
The article talks about fans who goes to the airport either to welcome their idols or see them off. Apparently the article may be pertaining to the fans of other idol groups who must have experienced airport scenarios that turned out to be a mob or chaos from the crowded fans. Let us not deny that it also happened to Hyun Joong in one event in China as Hyun Joong was welcomed by a crowd of fans went out of control from excitement that Hyun Joong was almost crashed by the crowd of fans which was quite unexpected.
But after that incident, Hyun Joong’s handlers and event organizers took necessary precaution for Hyun Joong’s security system as KeyEast deliberately set conditions on airport policies pertaining Hyun Joong’s security as priority matter over anything else within any of Hyun Joong’s activities. Is it necessary for the fans to be at the airport to welcome or bid farewell to their idols? As far as fans are concern, since the airport is a public place, I don’t think they can be controlled to be there for whatever purpose. Well of course except for some restricted areas imposed by the airport management, the airport lobby shall always be open to the public regardless for as long as security measures are impose.
Here’s my point of view. I do understand the article writer’s opinion and I agree, if fans has to be at the airport to welcome their idols it is definitely not the venue for entertainment to the extend of misbehaving and putting their idols in the most embarrassing situation or to be mobbed! The fandom of these idol groups are monopolized by teenagers. The writer stressed out that both the idols and the fans are partly to be blamed for causing such situation.
For me I think it’s the idol’s handlers and event organizers who are responsible for the safety of the idols. Now, I wouldn’t put a blame to the teenagers, they are young, full of eagerness and excitement that can lose control of themselves. Idols would just walk and follow their security personnel with them anywhere they shall be taken, specially in foreign countries. I think there has to be a clear coordination between the idol’s handlers and the airport security management to give the idols the VIP treatment to lead them to a safer entrance exit away from the crowd of fans, if in case there’s a clear present danger that may create unexpected chaos that can result to a harmful scenario both to the fans and idols.
I will not pinpoint on which country is safe or not in allowing the crowd of fans to welcome or bid farewell to their idols. A lot of time even the event organizers allow such welcome from the fans and media for publicity purposes, which I don’t see anything wrong provided that the airport lobby is safe enough for the idol to walk through without being mobbed. I just couldn’t understand that seeing some 4,000 fans hanging around the airport lobby which signifies possible danger to the idol and yet the airport security management and the idol handlers allow the idol to get through in such a huge crowd if not the purpose is to show off for publicity but in a wrong way as what was shown in some video clips.
I’m sure the idols doesn’t like such scenes, apparently from a lot of video clips they can even hardly smile to their fans because they feel uncomfortable being mobbed of course. I would think if the idol groups would be lead to the VIP entrance & exit pathway, I don’t think their fans would take the effort to be at the airport to mob their idols knowing they will not be able to take a glimpse of their idol since the idols shall be lead to the VIP. I think it’s just that simple to take every security precautions.
Not unless either the idols or his handlers, his agent would like to be seen with 4,000 fans at the airport, this is still publicity. But if the idol is being mobbed, the way I looked at it, the idol just lost his dignity of being mobbed by his own fans. I would surely look for some signs of respect between idol and fans! One of the member from the idol group just stumbled being accidentally pushed by his own fans and I feel really sorry for the idol to be in such embarrassing situation in a public place like the airport lobby.
There are times idols can just burst out into rudeness because of being mobbed and end up with a lot of criticisms specially from media. Oh the media love such stories or scoops for news print which can destroy the idol’s reputation. Being in anger and losing control of oneself is just but natural to human, but for a public figure unfortunately, this is not a good excuse to behave as such, even he was being provoked. Artist’s agents should protect their managing artists at all cause. And so to prevent such incident it would be better to secure their artists specially during his public exposure regardless as to where their artists are.
I have mentioned in my other articles that one of my favorite scenarios of Hyun Joong is the airport scenes which I have a collection of video clips. In any airport in Korea, Hyun Joong fans can easily approach him and hand in their gifts or letters having equal respect and a touch of intimate familiarity as if Hyun Joong personally knows his fans!! He allows them to take quick stolen shots yet still friendly and his fans never took advantage of those chances which I am so proud.
At the airport in Korea there may not be a huge crowd of fans to meet Hyun Joong but just a few fans who can approach him. The point is not within the quantity of fans but quality of fans Hyun Joong has. I don’t mean to under estimate or criticize, but my point is, if there’s an equal respect between the idols and fans both can please each other in the right manner. And how I wish fans and other idols can watch those video clips and how wonderful such relationship was built between Hyun Joong and his fans.
I would say one fan out of a thousand can just go beyond but very rare chance, and still Hyun Joong handles the awkward situation in the most mannered and dignified way without putting the fan in an ugly scene too. He still manage to smile and understand but of course majority of his fans will takes care of whoever misbehave, if you know what I mean!! Neither would I blame the teenage fans for misbehaving but they have to be well guided first and foremost. Hyun Joong has many teenage fans too but equally have matured fans as well to be there to guide the young ones.
If by any chance the idol did not showed up at the airport lobby where his fans must be waiting, his fans should understand that the comfort and security of their idol is vital above anything else. The airport is the most accessible place to take a brief glimpse of our idols for free. Although it may not be the right place to be entertained for obvious reasons nor the airport management does not prohibit anyone to be there, but needless to say, we have an individual responsibility to behave in such public places.
At the same time, I think the airport management has also the responsibility in keeping the airport lobby as orderly as it has to be, in providing security not only to the celebrities, high profile individuals but also to the other airport passengers. I’m one of those fans who would like to see Kim Hyun Joong through photos and video clips of airport scenes, as I have mentioned earlier I do collect those photos and video clips so I can not suggest the fans not to be there at the airport! I’m sorry but I’m just being truthful!!
I would suggest the airport management to provide a space where fans can wait for their idols and provide barricades to secure the pathway for the celeb, simple discipline is all that matters in this airport issues, period. The fans can have a better view and welcome their idols in such orderly manner at the same time the celeb can comfortably smile and wave to his fans. Wouldn’t that look beautiful? Idols naturally feel happy to see his fans at the airport but if this scene turns out to be a chaos simply created by some overly out of control fans, then you will surely scare off your idol.
How ever the idol reacts to such chaos would reflect to him. And that would be the worst scenario that a fan can do that may appear your idol had just lose his own dignity being a celeb or a high profile individual. And a fan who tries to create such chaos is just as similar to an anti-fan! Would you like that? Well so far I’m still proud to say during Hyun Joong’s recent Asia Tour there were minimal untoward incidents, since KeyEast provided some policies with his handlers and event organizers, over Hyun Joong’s security during all his activities.
At this point in time, one can no longer be complacent about Hyun Joong’s security because of his rapid growing fan network. It is also likely that fans may be infiltrated by non-fans and just create some unexpected scenes and so KeyEast stood up in taking extra precautions on Hyun Joong’s security. We fans are also oblige to take care and protect Kim Hyun Joong at all cause wherever he is. Hyun Joong’s reputation is very important, we are his crowd and we are responsible for his security too. We may hear or see what’s behind Hyun Joong that no one from his camp can see because possible infiltrators are just within our crowd.
As I always say we fans are not just fans to cheer for him whenever he’s out there in his exposure. We have certain responsibilities in taking care of ourselves as fans and taking care of our co-fans specially the young ones the teenagers. Let’s not blame them for being teenagers we’ve been in that age too in the past not to understand them, but we noonas are oblige to guide them. As much as we are also oblige in protecting Kim Hyun Joong.
And may I repeat, Hyun Joong’s reputation is very important. he’s been very careful with it as we can see, he’s almost being deprive of his own individual privacy that he has no choice. Then let’s give him some space and comfort, and that’s the least we can give him since he had already dedicated himself for all of us. I always hope that Hyun Joong would not experience what other idols experience from their fans, specially at this point of his career that he’s been gaining more fans which I’m truly happy about. We are growing by numbers and I will be keeping some reminders about our fan’s responsibilities from time to time.
There are a lot of ways in showing our love and support to Hyun Joong but the most important ways of all is respect. If we dearly love Kim Hyun Joong then let’s provide comfort for him anywhere he goes. We have seen how he respects us as his fans and as his family. Then let’s give back the same respect as always and from there we can have a better picture of a fan and idol relationship built out of love and respect. And from here Hyun Joong shall remain as a model to his co-artist on how he handles his loving fans, that other idol fans can follow through. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
I take great pride of being a Kim Hyun Joong fan not only because of Kim Hyun Joong himself as a star but also I’m proud being in the crowd of his fans who have so much respect on him as somebody we love with all our heart. Let’s keep a good reputation as Kim Hyun Joong fans as the Prince will always be a model to other celebs. My dear critics don’t contradict since I’m just stating a fact, and you know it just as much as we fans of Hyun Joong does.
Lastly out of the topic, may I remind that today is the last day for casting your votes at Global Mnet Kpop Star Championship, so Aliens it’s Sunday let’s a bit of time out and get busy at Mnet to vote for Kim hyun Joong. He’s still at the top spot no.1 then let’s do our best for the last time and cast out votes.
And with that, I wish everyone a happy weekend, and oh, please do say a little prayer for Hyun Joong as always for his health safety and protection any time any where he may be. I’m done with my daily dose, forgive me to have dragged you to read an over 2,000 words for this article, I just miss writing and talking with you!! I miss all of you!!
Kim Hyun Joong shall be seen in many airports in many countries, as we welcome him in our country the Airport Fanfare can not be helped to be filled with his fans, as we give our heartwarming welcome, we protect the Prince at all cause…
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged, KHJean14, thanks!
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