Netizens voted for the fandom with the greatest negative impact on its artist’s image.
A survey with the question, “Which celebrity’s image is damaged the most by its extreme fandom?”, took place on online community DC Inside from September 3 to 9. A total of 22,668 netizens participated in the survey.
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Out of the many celebrities, Wanna One placed 3rd with a total of 1,550 votes (6.8%). It’s only been a month since the rookie boy group made their official debut, however, issues involving their extreme sasaeng fans have been constantly rising.
In second place was Girls’ Generation. The top girl group gained 1,627 (7.2%) of the votes for SONEs who’ve caused controversies in the past with malicious online activities.
Topping the ranking in 1st place was EXO. The boy group with a huge fandom across the world gained a total of 4,789 votes (21.1%) . Some EXO-Ls have been heavily criticized for intruding the privacy of EXO members, starting fan wars, etc. EXO’s fandom was also the first to be blocked from entering the recording for SBS ‘Inkigayo’.
Along with Wanna One, Girls’ Generation, and EXO, actor Song Joong Ki, Lee Jong Suk, and JYJ made it on the list.
Which celebrity’s image do you think was damaged the most by its extreme fandom?