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Fans take action as SEVENTEEN’s DK faces massive hate on Weibo for using a Chinese word

Since mid-2023, SEVENTEEN has been on the road for their “Follow” world tour, visiting several cities worldwide. However, a supposed happy and thrilling post-concert fever was instantly followed by an aftermath after their recent stop in China, at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Macau.

At their concert held last January 21, DK (Lee Seok-min) was seen addressing himself ‘Dake,’ a Chinese term that means ‘shell.’ Many fans believe that it has a negative connotation as it is also the nickname of an artist in China who was involved in a scandal. This, in turn, led to a series of hate comments directed at DK and spurred inter-fan wars.

Although DK was completely unaware of that, the incident ignited a conflict between Carats. Cuties Gathering (DK’s fans) called out Jun and The8 (SEVENTEEN’s Chinese members) for having failed to inform the former about the word’s derogatory connotations beforehand.

As a result, several ‘akgaes’ (solo stans of certain members of a group), particularly from China, who weren’t fans of DK, started hate campaigns. It also seemed that they set up a 30-day hate schedule and other offensive tags to be thrown at the idol on Weibo and X.

Many Cuties’ Gathering and CARATs were alarmed by this. Thus, to counteract the hatred spreading, fans have created a 30-day love schedule where they express how much they adore, respect, and support the idol.

“PROTECT DK AT ALL COST” also trended in some countries on Twitter.

Some have also written an email to PLEDIS Entertainment (SEVENTEEN’s agency) concerning the attacks on the idol.

Following the #ProtectDK movement and significant measures done by CARATs to halt the inter-fandom wars, there has been a noticeable decrease in hate campaigns and comments directed at DK on Weibo and X.


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