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Why are Stray Kids fans slamming STAYC followers? K-pop stans argue over which fandom gets to use 'STAY' name

The hashtag #StrayKids_Apologize_To_STAYC started to trend with fans of the girl group STAYC demanding that fans of Stray Kids rollback their fandom name
Stray Kids (Getty Images)
Stray Kids (Getty Images)

Fans of South Korean groups Stray Kids and STAYC are engaging in an online spat over who deserves the name "STAY" for their fandom. Soon, the hashtag #StrayKids_Apologize_To_STAYC started to trend on Twitter with fans of the girl group STAYC demanding that fans of Stray Kids rollback their fandom name and say sorry to the group that launched recently. Stray Kids fans, in retaliation, trended the hashtag #YouMakeStrayKidsStay.

One fan, who called the argument over the issue "dumb", tweeted, "The fact that there is even an argument going on about this is just dumb. The fandom name Stay belongs to Stray Kids end of the discussion," while another, expressing similar views, wrote, "bro there's no discussion at all because STAY is for STRAY KIDS only if they want it then their gg should've debuted earlier #YouMakeStrayKidsStay."

A fan of Stray Kids, urging those who are opposing the boy band to "open your eyes", said, "Antis open your eyes and see that stray kids are an all-rounder group. STAN TALENT. STAN VISUALS. STAN STRAY KIDS.#YouMakeStrayKidsStay." Another, bashing fans of STAYC and calling the issue a "circus", added, "#//StrayKids_Apologize_To_STAYC umm???? circus #9472873287382 for today?? fun...please we would NEVER give up OUR may I remind you to YEAR FANDOM NAME for a group that's been around for what 72 hours!? sigh. STAYs we never get a break do we..."

A user said, "IF YOU ARE A STAY, STOP SCROLLING stays stop using the #.StrayKids_Apologize_To_STAYC hashtag! The boys could see the harmful tweets there and we don’t want that. Use #YouMakeStrayKidsStay instead!"






Stray Kids was formed by JYP Entertainment in 2017 through a reality show of the same name. The group is composed of eight members: Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin and IN. Originally a nine-piece group, member Woojin left Stray Kids due to undisclosed personal reasons in October 2019. The group released their extended play 'Mixtape' in January 2018 and officially debuted on March 25 with 'I Am Not' the same year.

STAYC, on the other hand, is a six-member girl group under High Up Entertainment. They debuted on November 12, 2020, with their first single album 'Star To A Young Culture'.Their name represents "Star To A Young Culture".