Enraged fans of ATEEZ (에이티즈) have been rallying in the “#Disband_Mnet” as well as “Respect for ATEEZ” movement on Twitter, after rumours surrounding the boy group’s alleged mistreatment by the broadcasting company began making its way online.
The drama started when a netizen took to an online community forum to reveal all the alleged instances where the boys were treated poorly by the company’s staff members. Apparently, Mnet failed to “give ATEEZ respectful treatment”, particularly at the recent Mnet Asian Music Awards 2021 (2021 MAMAs) as well as during the survival show “Kingdom: Legendary War”.
this is the og post: pic.twitter.com/N1Z1gYN9FY
— Alexia⁷🎓/IM SEEING ATEEZ (@kpopclownlife) December 15, 2021
As stated in the post, when ATEEZ members were filming a reality show for Mnet, the staff would “scream at the members, and scare them”. In addition, the members themselves explained they weren’t properly informed about certain activities (including the Sports Day in “Kingdom”), therefore, the members weren’t appropriately dressed for the occasion.
The original post listed out other issues such as discrimination against the boy group during the aforementioned reality show. Among the allegations include the “Inception” hit-makers being given poorly furnished, empty waiting rooms. It is also said that the boys were made to have lunch at an empty rooftop.
ateez on kingdom VS other group on kingdom
other groups are not to blame and should not receive the same bad conditions, but
and you call this equality? ateez is privileged group? fuck u mnet
— 🏴☠️lunalisa🌙🎓 (@sanidal1007) December 16, 2021
The ATINY (ATEEZ’s fandom name) also called out the poor camerawork during the group’s performance at the recent 2021 MAMAs. What’s more, it appears that one of the microphones given to them was not working properly! To quote member Yeosang (as per revealed by the online community platform user), “They were affected because the mic wasn’t working during the live broadcast.”
As a result, die-hard supporters of the eight member-group took to social media to express their frustration with Mnet for their alleged mistreatment towards them. Here are some of the comments that we found online:
"all 7 members of ATEEZ"
— Gabi | ama txteez (@yeonjuncaffe) December 16, 2021
Will never forgive mnet at how they treated ateez .
— 산's 뿌딩 🎓 (@luffytuffytiny) December 16, 2021
— Isa⁸ 🎓 (@minkisera_) December 16, 2021
this girl used to be an idol she said how underrated groups are being treated differently compared to groups from big companys. big company privilege exists & underrated idols have it hard.atz are the most humble & kind souls they deserves to be treated with respect #DISBAND_MNET https://t.co/F4s31SdJvk pic.twitter.com/zQ2OSERB2i
— ㅉㅉㅁ🍁 (@wooyoatzz) December 16, 2021
Do you think ATEEZ has been poorly treated or this has blown out of proportion?