Are Fans (?) Starting Petitions to Exempt EXO From the Army?
There’s no doubt that some fans have crossed the line when it comes to their love for EXO, and another issue has put the spotlight on EXO and its fans once again.
Recently on online communities and SNS, people claiming to be EXO fans have been posting about a petition to exempt the Korean EXO members from the army. As majority of the members are born between 1990 and 1994, they are approaching the age to serve two mandatory years in the military.
One particular post by a ‘fan’ read, “Everyone! This is not the problem right now!! Help us exempt the EXO oppas from going to the army!! Instead of the EXO oppas, normal men can serve for a few extra years. They can just think of it as going to a retreat for a longer time. The EXO fanclub is already getting signatures. Please sign so we can exempt EXO from the army.”
While some EXO fans have created a negative reputation for themselves, people are saying this recent act was done by an anti-fan trying to tarnish EXO′s image, and that no such petition is taking place.
On the matter, SM Entertainment stated that it’s impossible to see if the post was written by a fan or an anti-fan. “Because EXO’s popularity is high, we’re just seeing this as something that happened.”
Army exemptions, especially ones involving celebrities, is a very sensitive topic in Korea.
Photo Credit: Online Community, SM Entertainment
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