Who rigged Cravity’s fansign using IZ*ONE’s name? Store apologizes for confusion
Names of IZ*ONE members were given instead of actual fans for the meet-and-greet
Fansigns aka meet-and-greets is one of the perks for purchasing physical albums. Along with photocards being one of the most prized incentives of a physical album, fans do everything they can to get into fansigns. And one of the ways to secure a place is to mass purchase the album as fansign winners are decided through a lucky draw of the customers that have bought the album. And so, understandably, fans were upset when rumors cropped up of Starship Entertainment allegedly rigging a fansign event of Cravity.
To celebrate the release of their latest album ‘Liberty: In Our Cosmos’, Cravity held a fansign on March 26 in partnership with the music store Everline. However, there has been a lot of confusion as rumors arose of manipulation. One fan who was present claimed that Starship had hired people to pretend they are fans. Another fan pointed out that among the list of fansign winners, five of them were names of IZ*ONE members.
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Cravity’s fansign rigged
Luvitys (Cravity’s fandom) found it exasperating that despite spending money to get into the exclusive fansigns, Starship or Everline were rigging it. They noticed that out of the 30 names, Kwon Eunbi, Kang Hyewon, Choi Yena, Lee Chaeyeon and Kim Chaewon (former members of IZ*ONE) were on the list. They were further assured that it was fake and not actual fans with these coincidental names since the phone numbers given were of the female idols’ birthdays. Cravity’s fans also noticed that the online fansign ended in over thirty minutes which was impossible if there were numerous actual winners.
On March 28, Everline apologized for the confusion, “We recognized that the list of winners was incorrect due to the mistake of the person in charge…The head office is responsible for all of these situations caused by the inexperienced handling of the person in charge...We plan to issue a full refund to all applicants.”
‘I feel bad for Cravity’
Fans were confused as to why anyone would rig the fansign in the first place since there were enough fans to pick the winners from. Others blamed Starship as well and have asked them to apologize too. Meanwhile, non-fans find the usage of IZ*ONE members’ names to rig the list hilarious.
One Luvity tweeted, “This whole thing is so stupid i feel bad for cravity.” One Korean fan asked Starship to apologize, “They're literally toying with the fans, seriously shouldn't all of them apologize at once?” Another found the situation funny, “Lol at whomever used IZ*ONE members names to add to the list of winners.” One guessed, “I guarantee you a low-level employee was tasked with adding those extra names and that jaded employee made it IZ*ONE members just to f**k with them.” Another angry fan said, “Call me a liar, but at this point in time, with everything that has happened, SSE is trying to sabotage CRAVITY.”
this whole thing is so stupid i feel bad for cravity https://t.co/lJJ7dSF9sz— strawberhee (@minillentae) March 26, 2022
Call me a liar, but at this point in time, with everything that has happened, SSE is trying to sabotage CRAVITY— ashe (@crvtmystar) March 26, 2022
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