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Why SHINee Fans Boycott '2018 SM Season's Greetings'

voomvoom 2017.11.28 16:49
SM released SHINee's teaser for '2018 SM Artist Season's Greetings,' but fans are angry. Why? Because Onew, amidst a sexual harassment controversy, took part in the teaser.
 

It has something to do with sexual harassment

Photo from SM Entertainment

Photo from SM Entertainment

 
On Nov. 28, some SHINee fans, via Twitter, spread the hashtag #SHINee_Season_Boycott, calling for a boycott of SM's newest version of 'Season's Greetings.' The hashtag, at one time, topped Twitter's most searched keyword list.
 
SM Entertainment, every year, releases a 'Season's Greetings,' a set of calendars and photos of its artists. The 2018 version contains monthly planners, posters, and postcards, priced at 35,000 won, approximately 33 dollars.
 
Photo from SM Entertainment

Photo from SM Entertainment

 
SM Entertainment released the 'Season's Greetings' teasers via Youtube on Nov. 27. The clip starred boy groups NCT, EXO, Super Junior, TVXQ, SHINee, and girl group Red Velvet.
 
Photo from SM Entertainment

Photo from SM Entertainment

 
Some SHINee fans, upon seeing SHINee's Onew, called for a boycott of SM's 'Season's Greetings.' 
 
Onew was investigated for sexual harassment. He was accused of groping a woman at a club in Gangnam in August. Fans stated that they wouldn't purchase the 'Season's Greetings' if Onew was in it.
 
Some SHINee fans voiced their opinions via social media, saying "We'll boycott all products with SHINee's Onew in it" "Not telling the customers of what exactly the product contains is a deception" "SM is disappointing its own fans."
 
Twitter posts with the hashtag #SHINee_Season_Boycott. Photo from Twitter

Twitter posts with the hashtag #SHINee_Season_Boycott. Photo from Twitter

 
On the other hand, some fans were excited to see Onew. Youtube comments stated that they had missed Onew, and that they "would buy anything and everything with Onew in it."
 
Favorable comments toward Onew. Photo from Youtube

Favorable comments toward Onew. Photo from Youtube

 
As per the sexual harassment charges, SM Entertainment issued an official statement stating that "Onew was at the club to congratulate a friend making his/her debut as a DJ. Onew was drunk, and unintentionally made physical contact with those around him. It was a misunderstanding, and he was investigated by the police."
 
Onew. Photo from SM Entertainment official website.

Onew. Photo from SM Entertainment official website.

 
The agency added, "The other side understood that it was something that could occur when someone was intoxicated, and she dropped the charges." 
 
Photo from SM Entertainment.

Photo from SM Entertainment.

 
With the police revealing their plans to take Onew's case to the prosecution, Onew has canceled all his plans and is refraining from the public.
 
By Bongbong and Suwon Han voomvoomk@gmail.com