This is not a Throwback but I feel like it’s important to post. If Nu’est is my ultimate bias in this world of Kpop, A.C.E. is probably my bias wrecker. I love them. Every one of them. They are, again, that kind of hard-working, insanely charming, exceptionally talented type of group that does this slow-burn rise to fame filled with years of toil and disappointment. But when they get their first win, when it does finally come, it will be celebrated with tears and extreme gratitude for the fans and their company and for each other.
Fans of groups like this know what it’s like to suffer alongside the members, cheering them on, and loving them so much you almost don’t know what to do with yourself. You just want to see them happy and you want everyone to want to see them happy. But as a fan, you also have to have thick skin because they’re a bit of an easy target for criticism. Hardcore fans of other groups take offense when these ‘nobodies’ – it killed me a little to write that – see any sort of success over better established or currently popular groups.
Over the last couple of weeks, a fan or anti-fan or sasaeng fan took to Twitter to spread harsh words about the members of A.C.E. – chastizing one member (a perfect angel) for ‘letting himself go’ and another for being caught spending the night with a woman and calling for him to marry her. Because this is 1806 and that’s what we do when two consenting adults spend some quality nooky time together. I don’t usually pay attention to stuff like that because I’m a grown-up and I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about childish gossip. I’m in it for the music. And the fantasy boyfriends. But this bothered me because it’s A.C.E. and because it seemed to be accelerating in a weird way. It felt different somehow and not just to me, even international Monbebe got on board and started to defend A.C.E. against the malicious attacks.
It all came to something of a head this last week when this fan, the one that instigated it all…I don’t want to call this person a fan…got ahold of their work and travel schedule and physically attacked them with the intent of causing bodily harm. It’s f’d up. The person was caught and the agency hired lawyers, cut back on their current schedules, and got them mental health support. But nothing is going to feel like enough. They’ve already been through so much just to make it where they are, having something like this happen just kills me (which sounds super selfish since they are the ones going through it). I want to scoop them up, take them to my imaginary Kpop Idol rescue, and lavish them with attention and treats and time to just understand that they are perfect and shouldn’t ever have to experience something like this. Ever.
Love Poem, A.C.E. (Cover of IU)