In K-Pop, fans maintain special dynamics with the artists, but a black ocean is not something that celebs want to see.
The lightsticks at K-Pop concerts make every venue shine, but when fans want to express their discomfort, they are also a powerful weapon that says more than a thousand words.
Like any fan of idol groups, you surely know that each of the K-Pop artists has a specific color that distinguishes their fandom, which is used through the lightsticks to encourage them during their live performances.
Although these luminous devices make every moment of the show even more exciting and give a surprising view, everything can change when the lightsticks are turned off as a sign of rejection of the presentation.
That’s what’s called a black ocean, when fans present at a live show turn off all their lights and leave the audience area completely obscured.
This happens as a gesture of criticism, sabotage, or even punishment for those who are on stage, and, although it turns out to be a somewhat rude gesture, it has happened more than once.
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You’re probably wondering why a fan would do that to their idol, but it’s usually fans of other bands who express their dissatisfaction with some of the performances, which usually occur at collective events where the audience includes several fandoms. Here we tell you who has been a victim of the black ocean and why it happened.
Artists that the audience received with lightsticks turned off
One of the most famous cases is that of SNSD, who in 2008 performed at the Dream Concert. The group had received some criticism, but mainly it was the struggle between fandoms that motivated much of the public to turn off their lightsticks, so some claim that the only illuminated area was where their own fandom was located.
During MAMA 2015, SEVENTEEN was a rookie group and faced a kind of black ocean since fandom still did not have its own lightsticks and, although there were lights in the public, they were few compared to the presentations of other groups. Even so, SEVENTEEN showed their talent and totally conquered the public to become an internationally popular group.
The group performed at the World Conservation Congress K-pop show Nature + Concert, but because at the time they were embroiled in a scandal for allegedly harassing a member of the team, the audience did not cheer them with lights.
Something similar happened with Lovelyz in 2015 during the Pepsi Concert, since it is said that the same fans motivated others to create a black ocean due to their discomfort over the scandals of one of the members.
An artist outside of K-Pop who faced this type of situation was Katy Perry, since before starting her presentation at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, she made a comment to the audience that was taken as a mockery by saying that many were going to skip their sleep time, pointing out that there were many young people or children in the audience. There were several fandoms gathered, but none fell into grace, and it was even more noticeable because BTS had previously performed, and quickly the lights that animated them disappeared.