Why is Stray Kids Bang Chan trolled? Singer joins 97-line with BTS Jungkook, Astro Eunwoo and NCT Jaehyun
Trolls bully Bang Chan for sneaking into the 97-line group of K-pop after reports stated he hung out with BTS Jungkook, Astro Eunwoo and NCT Jaehyun
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: If there is one friend collective that is talked about the most in K-pop, it is the 97-line. In South Korea, idols are often grouped in collectives, according to their year of birth and despite most idols being close friends, idols born in the same year have a special friendship. The most famous line of them all is the 97-line featuring male idols born in 1997. The line features BTS Jungkook, Astro's Cha Eunwoo, NCT's Jaehyun, GOT7's Yugyeom, and Bambam as well as Seventeen's Mingyu, The8, and DK.
Over the years, this group of idols has often hung out with each other or given fans the best interactions on stage. However, in more recent years, fans of Stray Kids' Bang Chan have been sharing their disappointment with the singer not being a part of the collective. Looks like that has changed now and Bang Chan is officially a part of the 97-line but some trolls are still attacking the Stray Kids leader over this trivial issue.
And omg bangchan finally included in 97 liners??? https://t.co/sYgODOLltW— aksé || JUNGKOOK'S birthday soon! (@jknationem) August 25, 2022
Bullies attack Stray Kids' Bang Chan for joining the 97-line
Since Bang Chan too is a 97-liner, he should have been a part of the collective but was never seen with the group over the years. This is because he debuted far later than the rest of the idols. While BTS, Astro, GOT7, NCT, and Seventeen are third-gen boy groups, Stray Kids who made its debut in 2019 falls in the fourth gen of K-pop. Well, whatever the reason that stopped them before is not the case anymore as Bang Chan may have officially joined the 97-line after his recent hangout with Jungkook, Eunwoo and Jaehyun.
Multiple fans reported photos of the four idols' autographs from a beef barbeque restaurant in Seoul. Despite the friendship between idols, antis and trolls started calling Chan names as one troll said, "How much did Stray Kids pay to become a 97z?" while another said, "This just ruined my day." One troll was caught saying, "Why is Bang Chan everywhere? Sneaking himself like we wouldn't notice." One more troll said, "Bang Chan with the rest of 97liners," calling him the elephant in the room.
Honestly Bang Chan is the only idol I know who'd get jumped for having friends. pic.twitter.com/e797D3vY8e— lovestay⁸ (@skz_lyricism) August 25, 2022
bangchan with the rest of the 97 liners pic.twitter.com/sHmZu8M4Le— gasoLIne 💉 (@myreaIstyle) August 25, 2022
'Keep Bang Chan out of your mouth'
With this, fans have been defending the Stray Kids member and calling out the trolls for ruining a wholesome moment that could have possibly united many fandoms. One fan said, "Are they seriously still dragging this 97 liners friendship thing like it's none of your business who they're friends with you're just a fan so shut up and keep bang chan out of your mouth!" Another fan said, "Its been HOURS since we found out chan is friends with 97 line and yall are STILL upset about it." One more fan said, "When we say chan is friends with EVERYONE we're rly not joking he's just that sociable and charismatic." Another fan said, "So u tryna say tht seeing bangchan with the other 97’ liners is a pain to ur eye? but he is also a 97’???"
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