B1A4 held a fanmeeting in Malaysia recently, and they pissed off Muslim netizens because in the course of their fanservice, they touched their female Muslim fans.
One of the viral videos described what went down as “molestation”. And by “molestation”, they meant “touching”.
The netizen comments primarily were pissed at B1A4 and the fans themselves.
Some of the top-voted comments on this viral video include, “We can’t blame the Koreans they don’t understand Islam laws. But blame the girl. Do not blame Islam for this,” “Don’t blame the K-pop artist. They don’t know our culture. Blame the fans who know what they should do and shouldn’t do. So it’s totally the girls fault,” “The title is so misleading! Certainly the girls weren’t being molested. These K-pop stars do the same thing in each fan meeting, they just want to show appreciation towards their fans. So we couldn’t really blame them because they wouldn’t have known the culture and religion in our country. Still, to use the word ‘dicabuli’ is quite harsh, don’t you think so?”
Other netizens included comments like, “Sorry but isn’t it weird? All the girls that are being touched are wearing tudung. You can see the stupidity and weakness of their faith,” “These girls are giving all of Islam a bad name and stupidity!” and, “I blame the girls themselves. Where do you put your pride as a Muslim girl?”
On the other hand, some netizens were trying to view the whole situation in an optimistic manner, leaving comments such as, “We should not blame the stars nor the fans. If anything, we should blame the event promoters for making them do this game,” or , “These girls were just too caught up in the moment. To call their actions a sin for hugging and being happy is too harsh.”
I mean, what do you say? These idols/companies should do it correct if they want to not alienate potential fanbases and keep raking in the dough from these regions/countries, but other than that, I can’t say I personally care about all the outrage. Fans were thrilled to be a part of it, B1A4 was happy to do it, and the rest of it is just babble to me. It’s just tiresome at this point.
Main thing is that I hope the fans come out of this alright and nobody is giving them shit or whatever else.