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Several of the EXO boys put their foot down this weekend and walked off stage due to misbehaving fans.
Video footage from a Saturday, January 31, Nature Republic fan event in Seoul show five members of the group on stage addressing a crowd of disorderly followers.
Having witnessed a fallen fan member towards the front of the crowd, 22-year-old D.O spoke out, warning the 30,000-strong crowd: “Just a minute, just a minute, those who fell down… I don’t want to hear that EXO fans are disorderly. No, really, safety is important, so you must not get hurt.”
But despite a further plea from band mate Baekhyun, 22, and even local police trying to bring some order, a number of fans failed to comply, causing D.O (real name Kyungsoo) to disappointedly announce, “I think it would be better if we go off stage first.”
And with that, D.O, Baekhyun and three other members of the group left the stage to allow the wild crowds to calm down.
It took 15 minutes for things to get under control before they returned to the stage and continued with the event in safety. A similar event took place in Busan with five other EXO members and a better behaved audience.
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EXO fans (known as EXO-L’s) have quickly gained a reputation as the most difficult for event organizers to deal with. In 2013 SBS banned them from attending future Inkigayo recordings after causing mass disruption and road hazards. And only recently, Girls’ Day’s Sojin was booed and heckled by a number of angry women because of unverified rumors claiming she is dating D.O.
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