'Treat them better': Fans slam WakeOne as Kep1er gets economy seats after 'KCON 2022 LA' while TO1 flies business
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: The 2022 KCON in LA ended on August 21, 2022, with multiple K-pop groups in attendance. Since the event was hosted by the label CJ ENM, it was obvious for groups under one of their subsidiaries aka WakeOne Entertainment to attend the Korean concert in the United States. Kep1er made its debut from the Mnet survival show 'Girls Planet 999' under the label WakeOne and was co-managed with other groups like TO1 and Davichi.
Among the other groups managed by WakeOne Entertainment, Kep1er is their most successful and popular group at present. This is why Kep1ians (fans of Kep1er) are enraged by the alleged preferential treatment TO1 is receiving from the success and popularity of Kep1er. Fans say that the nine-member girl group has been overworked with schedules back-to-back but the label is not treating Kep1er when compared to TO1. With basic edits on their videos and low-budget variety shows in the past, Kep1ians complain that the girl group is made to travel in the economy, while TO1 members fly in business class.
xiaoting literally did this on purpose, she's asking help. im sorry xiaoting bcs we took long to realize that u hv suffered a lot. now we will fight for u and the girls😭✊️#JusticeForKep1er #TreatKep1erFairly #Kep1erDeservesBetter@wakeone_offcl pic.twitter.com/Nmo2XxFmTL— ting (@xiaotin9) August 23, 2022
Kep1er Xiaoting complains of back pain after flying economy
It is no lie that Kep1er members have been working non-stop for the last eight months since their debut in January 2022. After the Top 9 members of the Mnet show finally made their debut, the girls released their debut album titled 'First Impact' on January 3 and followed that with a speedy second album 'Doublast' that was released on June 20. The girls have been promoting nonstop and also hosted an exceptional stage at the 2022 KCON in LA. On their way back, fans saw photos and messages from members that revealed that Kep1er was made to fly in economy seats. Photos from South Korea's Incheon Airport also showed Kep1er members carrying their own luggage.
In contrast, Kep1er fans noticed that TO1 members posted photos from their Business Class seats while their luggage was carried by the staff. Fans claimed that since the journey from Los Angeles to Incheon, South Korea, is 12.5 hours long approximately, Kep1er members also deserve better seats. Not only that but Xiaoting took to their fancafe to mention to fans that she was suffering from back pain after the long flight. With the schedule Kep1er has had in LA and the way the girl group did not get any costume changes or special treatment after the KCON, fans are slamming the label for being biased toward a boy group that is problematic not very popular.
'Make Ke1er overwork and use the money on MEN?'
Fans are extremely furious with WakeOne Entertainment for their preferential treatment of a boy group that is not very famous, while Kep1er suffers despite earning and giving to the label way more in comparison to TO1. One fan said, "Who knows maybe some To1 members are nice maybe they’re talented but I don’t f**king care because kep1er deserves better than that."
Another fan said, "A long a** flight they gave the nugu problematic bg business while kep1er got economy and it caused xiaoting back pain im gonna k1ll them slowly and painfully."
One fan said, "I’m so mad.....we thought kep1er was flying economy because the company overall was just not spending business on all of label artists...but it’s just kep1er...aka the group that is carrying the company. seeing these boys fly in business while KEP1ER (overworked) isn’t."
One fan said, "KEP1ER have to bring their own luggage, the trip from LA to korea is not fast,. after the kcon event they went straight to the airport to fly to korea,. when he arrived in Korea KEP1ER needed a break,. but is this KEP1ER carrying its own suitcase?"
Another fan said, "I don't hate to1 or anyone but their agency. if kep1er gets what they deserve, they might be bigger. their talent has been wasted by their own agency. At least give business class flights to kep1er like what to1 gets. they have worked hard but where is their hard work :) it's an 11 hour flight but imagine getting economy class flights."
One fan said, "Overwork kep1er to join queendom s**t and make them prepare a jp & kr at the same time just to use money for MEN?"
One more fan said, "I can't believe you overwork my girls and you're not even able to give them back what their efforts were worth. give them what they truly deserve, they deserve better."
Who knows maybe some To1 members are nice🤷♀️ maybe they’re talented but I don’t fucking care because kep1er deserves better than that#JusticeForKep1er #TreatKep1erFairly #Kep1erDeservesBetter@wakeone_offcl— #letyoungeunrap (@solacexiaoeun) August 23, 2022
A long ass flight they gave the nugu problematic bg business while kep1er got economy and it caused xiaoting back pain im gonna k1ll them slowly and painfully— jen 𓇣 xiaoting gold 🥇🥇🥇 (@eulasteponmepls) August 23, 2022
we aren’t saying “take business class away from to1” we’re saying “if you can treat your other groups like THIS then why not kep1er too??”— amber ⚢ (@xiaotingflwr) August 23, 2022
it’s hard to sleep in economy and they have back to back schedules, look exhausted in their airport pictures, and the clear favoritism for boys and mistreatment of kep1er....this isn’t ok #JusticeForKep1er #TreatKep1erFairly #Kep1erDeservesBetter@wakeone_offcl— jenny | missing youngeun & kep1er (@syeplus) August 23, 2022
KEP1ER have to bring their own luggage, the trip from LA to korea is not fast,. after the kcon event they went straight to the airport to fly to korea,. when he arrived in Korea KEP1ER needed a break,. but is this KEP1ER carrying its own suitcase?— bing×_× (@bingx_x) August 23, 2022
The point is not to attack TO1 but to treat Kep1er better. They are the ones selling 700k+ albums and charting in kcharts but T01 was put in business class while Kep1er in economy class in their flight. They have staff pushing luggage for them while Kep1er have none.— Genesis (@Pathogenicanno1) August 23, 2022
we're complaining cause our money is not going to girls and just going to your NUGU GROUP who can't have a high sales just like my girls. ATLEAST HAVE SHAME— 🦌_200th (🥚🪶🟢🔴) (@Kep1ian_Ting) August 23, 2022
at least give business class flights to kep1er like what to1 gets. they have worked hard but where is their hard work :) it's an 11 hour flight but imagine getting economy class flights.— exokepi (@exokepi) August 23, 2022
when the to1 situation was going on all kep1ians dropped tags for them disgusting man but when it comes to kep1er their silent? How dare y’all? If something else happens just know y’all will never have any kep1ian support anymore.— dav after like out now ! (@fightmeyujin) August 23, 2022
Overwork kep1er to join queendom shit and make them prepare a jp & kr at the same time just to use money for MEN? https://t.co/r6AKnRpeBX— 🍞 (@yujinlauv) August 22, 2022
Well yes ig but is not fair to overwork a group of girls just to give what your boys “deserves”. We want equal treatment.— Princess Hiyyih⁹ 🍹|| DOUBLAST 20/06! (@el7mes) August 23, 2022
i can't believe you overwork my girls and you're not even able to give them back what their efforts were worth. give them what they truly deserve, they deserve better.#JusticeForKep1er #TreatKep1erFairly #Kep1erDeservesBetter@wakeone_offcl— agus | madmakz month 💜 (@princessbunny_1) August 23, 2022
TO1 getting their peak recognition because of this issue. And people are still offended when we call the nugus. If this is not a nugu moment then I don’t know. #JusticeForKep1er#TreatKep1erFairly#Kep1erDeservesBetter@wakeone_offcl— Bella’s Attorney (@hongjisooper) August 23, 2022
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