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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Entertainment industry cancels everything to keep the focus on passenger shipwreck


Article: Music industry cancels album releases + fan meet... focuses effort on passenger shipwreck

Source: Sports Seoul via Naver

There were other articles reprimanding EXO fans for making 'EXO concert tickets' the #1 search ranking at a time like this.

Death toll also reached 6.

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1. [+4,947, -174] It's not necessarily EXO's fault but SM really should've canceled ticketing at a time like this. SM's hopeless...

2. [+3,876, -335] So, EXO fans, did you all succeed in your ticketing?

3. [+3,645, -201] Can't believe people are actually trying to buy tickets to concerts at a time like this.. hopeless.

4. [+2,921, -16] I can only pray that there are more survivors.

5. [+2,519, -173] I'm so embarrassed as an EXO fan. SM did postpone schedules till the 17th but they can also postpone ticketing, why didn't they? I can't believe people are blaming this on EXO as well..

6. [+613, -36] Look at SM pulling through with their ticketing while people are dying ㅋㅋㅋ What do you expect from Money Soo Man

7. [+529, -32] I fu*king hate SM, can they really not postpone ticketing? ㅡㅡ I feel bad for EXO getting the hate

8. [+468, -25] As a Block B fan, I'm so thankful that they're not releasing their album digitally. I want to hear about news of the survivors first and foremost, good music can wait until after. I'm also glad A Pink canceled their fan meet.. I hope that at least one more survives.

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Article: A Pink joins the effort of passenger shipwreck... 3 year anniversary fan meet canceled

Source: Newsen via Nate

1. [+642, -90] This was a good decision... unlike another group who is #1 on the search rankings when the public is tense and worried. If I was a family member of anyone onboard, I'd be waiting desperately for the latest updates.

2. [+506, -44] They made the right decision. This is no time to be laughing and smiling on any variety show.

3. [+267, -29] Can't believe someone's actually accusing them of media play. Everyone's worried over this tragic event.

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Article:
All three broadcast stations cancel all dramas, news specials to replace

Source: OSEN via Naver

1. [+2,573, -65] The drama is not important. We need survivors.

2. [+1,770, -76] Of course the dramas should be canceled!

3. [+1,452, -20] Just praying that the lost are rescued... Please be safe.

4. [+1,334, -35] Definitely. I hope they all return safely.

5. [+232, -23] Everything's being canceled today except for SM's EXO ticketing. Hopeless.

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Article: JTBC Son Suk Hee's silence "So is there no other way"... 10 seconds of silence

Source:
Newsen via Nate

Amidst an interview with a Busan University shipbuilding engineer professor, anchorman Son Suk Hee asked if there was any hope for the survivors in the ship once resuce efforts began pumping oxygen inside. "Conclusively, there's a very low chance." There were 10 seconds of silence as he tried to collect himself upon hearing that.

1. [+383, -8] I've never seen anchorman Son Suk Hee lose his emotional control like that.

2. [+326, -8] His silence... represents the feelings of our nation.. We're all scared of saying that one thing in case it becomes true.. Please just save those young kids ㅠㅠㅠ

3. [+269, -11] He's the top when it comes to anchors, I've never seen him lose control on broadcast like this...

4. [+28, -2] The cold and smart Son Suk Hee-ssi also seems to have blood running through him...

5. [+24, -1] Other experts also said that there's a low chance as well... I'm sure they all mean one thing, just that it's hard to put it in words... They're all talking as if we should be expecting a miracle....... This is driving me crazy.. ㅠ

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626 comments:

  1. At this point, who cares about anything else, I can only hope for the best and for the safety of the remaining passengers. Godspeed.

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  2. They have been rescuing some people. There's still hope! Let's keep it positive in the comment section and keep praying for everyone affected in SK. It's not about your idol fave, or how fair/unfair netizens are being to them. it's about these passengers. Let's continue to pray for their safety!

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  3. Since I read the news I haven't been able to think about anything other than the people still trapped and waiting. I want them all to be rescued. That last article is heartbreaking to read.

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  4. 4. [+2,921, -16] I can only pray that there are more survivors.



    yes. me too.

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  5. Seriously?
    That buying tickets thing was planned like 2 week ago.. how would SM even know that something like this would happen?
    And why the fuck blame EXO for this??

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  6. Honestly, it's not like the people buying EXO tickets had anything else to do. Sure, they can be sorry for the loss of the people on board the boat, and possibly even pray, but that's about it. What else do you expect them to do, jump in the ocean and help with the search? It's a tragic event, but life must continue.

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  7. It's depressing some fans care more about a boy group than all the lives that were lost...

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  8. #hopeless


    i hope they'll find more survivors, praying sincerely for any good news

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  9. I keep hopying for a miracle #PrayForSouthKorea

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  10. ive been crying all day. just even seeing anything related to the news, i cant control myself.

    i had to visit the church today and do what i can only do at this moment, pray.

    im praying for everyone's safety. you guys will be saved. just hold it a little longer. please. :((

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  11. EXO is okay. They'll be fine. Really. Let's keep the focus on the passengers...

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  12. Why shouldn't ppl buy tickets? I mean its a tragic event but... I don't know...

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  13. 1. [+4,947, -174] It's not necessarily EXO's fault but SM really should've canceled ticketing at a time like this. SM's hopeless...

    Side eyeing SM right now....

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  14. Seeing the texts the passengers sent to their families is the ferry sunk is absolutely heartbreaking, I can't even begin to imagine how terrified they must have felt... I pray there are more survivors and R.I.P to the souls lost

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  15. those poor kids, they're somebodies' babies :( sending good thoughts and hopes to the parents and everybody else

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  16. 2 minutes in and EXO fans are already posting their defense in the NB comments. Can't you stay quiet for like at least an hour?

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  17. 4. [+2,921, -16] I can only pray that there are more survivors.



    My whole family and i were praying for survivors all last night. Please let there be a miracle.

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  18. The world doesn't stop when there is tragedy. SM invested a lot of money into exo's concert and the timing is just unfortunate. they can't expect SM to cancel everything because of it. Are other businesses cancelling the promotions for their products? is samsung not running commercials for their smartphones right now? The timing is horrible but they have already done what they could to postpone their schedules.

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  19. 1. [+4,947, -174] It's not necessarily EXO's fault but SM really should've canceled ticketing at a time like this. SM's hopeless...

    not necessarily EXO's fault
    It's not EXO's fault at all.
    Pray for survivors.

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  20. ♥キーアンナ♥April 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Agreed the most attention should be on the news
    I hope they find the missing passengers my prayers and hope to the family & friends

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  21. I even saw a few people (not all EXO fans, before someone jumps down my throat, just a few) saying stuff like "I hope there weren't any EXO fans on the ferry!" Some people just completely lack empathy...

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  22. There's this thing called multitasking. You can "focus" on the passengers and continue on with your daily life at the same time.

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  23. why? Did SM know that tragedy will happen? no they didnt.


    Also should exo fans not buy tickets bcs of what happened? Im no EXO stan btw but what did they do wrong huh? Its not like fans said how they are glad smth like this happened

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  24. exactly, you can't stop business because a tragic event happens. maybe it's because korea is a small country but i don't see the big deal in tickets being on sale.

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  25. I saw one of those on Twitter. Another fan went around trying to defend that tweet...

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  26. The coincidence between this accident and Titanic's is so scary though

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  27. "Conclusively, there's a very low chance." There were 10 seconds of silence as he tried to collect himself upon hearing that.

    Don't lose hope. Don't ever ever lose hope. Even when it seems impossible, Something will always pull you through. The hardest times get even worse when you lose hope. Let's keep praying.

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  28. there are some tweets going around saying that the captain told everyone to stay where they were to slow down the "skinking process" instead of following the procedure and evacuating quickly. people are saying that the crew kept the passengers inside so they can escape.
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    i don't know if this is true but if it is, god i can't even fathom my anger. how could anyone do that. praying so hard for all the missing students and all their families.

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  29. I'm more bothered about the fact that people have time to criticize SM and Exo instead of worrying over the ship. Yes, the ship is important, but they shouldn't be blaming SM/Exo for something that is probably out of their control. We should be using that time instead to bring more awareness about the crisis.

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  30. Seeing the texts the passengers sent to their families is the ferry sunk is absolutely heartbreaking, I can't even begin to imagine how terrified they must have felt... I pray there are more survivors and R.I.P to the souls lost

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  31. I hope everyone gets home safely. This kind of accidents are so sad and scary, I can't even imagine how the survivors and families have it right now.

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  32. let's pray for a miracle... pray for them to survive & my the dead rest in peace #PrayForSouthKorea

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  33. The water there is said to be so cold right now. It makes one want to vomit thinking of the large number of passengers that have not been found.

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  34. oh lord the defensive exo fans are here. learn to be sensitive. HUNDREDS of students are still missing/stuck in the waters. it's been almost 24hrs, what else to assume? just have some sense.

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  35. Yeah, I was really afraid of that. Let's just keep our positive energy and send it to those passengers...

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  36. yeah it's pretty messed up ppl are using this opportunity to criticize exo and sm.

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  37. You'll really never know what's life has in store for you. This kids was just having a school trip. :(

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  38. oh geez, every article has exo, not a hater but im getting sick.
    anyway, hope the rest can be rescued. theres miracle would happen. at least, theres wisdom behind it all.

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  39. Should everyones life stop now bcs of this tragedy? What some random Exo fan from like Spain shouldnt buy ticket for concert or should post about exo bcs this happened

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  40. I hate that all I can really do is hope and pray. I can't even imagine how the families must feel right now.

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  41. You say the cold hard truth. Cancelling Exo's concert would seem like the correct thing to do, but it would also mean that people working on it, like stylists, makeup artists, technicians, the investors, the ticketing venue etc. would lose money or not get paid at all.

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  42. By redirecting the attention to how SM failed they're doing the same thing as the ones buying tickets.

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  43. 2 minutes in and EXO fans are already defending themselves in the comments here..



    Let's put it this way: If a huge airline with 300 passengers on board, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near NYC, would you really feel like rushing to buy concert tickets to see your faves? Or would you feel like crap and do everything you can to help spread the word. Putting "EXO" as #1 in the search rankings over a boat that capsized with almost 500 passengers is the one thing those victims families would NOT want to see.


    It's not about what you can or can't do actually, it's the fact that you naturally should feel like shit, especially if your own country is involved. It's just respect...

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  44. I saw an article about this as well and I think there is some truth it. I am sure there will be a complete investigation because the entire country is watching.

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  45. I'm glad many groups have postponed their comebacks and the entertainment industry in general is taking this seriously. But I will say I am utterly disgusted by how some of these fans of these groups are acting in wake of this tragedy. I've seen so many of them showing more concern for their group's delayed comebacks than for the passengers fighting for their lives inside that ferry. Some kpop fans really need to reevaluate themselves.

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  46. rescued passengers. :(

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  47. It's a tragic event and I'm praying for more survivors but I don't understand people criticizing SM for not postponing ticketing.
    Praying and hoping is about everything that people can do at this point, you can't blame business and fans for going on with their lives.

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  48. A living nightmare for all those involved. Praying for a miracle right now

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  49. I think it's because everyone is on their pcs, tablets or phones checking news about this horrible event but search ranking has the ticketing as number one search.

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  50. 4. [+2,921, -16] I can only pray that there are more survivors.

    We were praying for survivors all last night. Please let there be a miracle.

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  51. Netizens taking out their frustrations on easy targets (young girls) should be ashamed.

    The negative comments that flooded the EXO articles is what made them stay trending on Naver even after the ticket sale was over. So in reality they should blame themselves for pushing the focus off the REAL tragedy.

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  52. Bruh literally every other group cancelled everything, stuff that has been planned for weeks in advance. That's not an excuse. SM is greedy as hell.

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  53. If a plane crashed and i know i had no family/friends on that flight yes i would still go an buy ticket for a concert that i want to watch (not an exo stan btw)

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  54. my thoughts are with korea...

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  55. Emotions are high and they're upset. They're glued to the internet looking for any kind of update about whether or not their CHILDREN and FRIENDS etc. are still alive. Put down your pitchforks, EXO will be fine regardless, but 6 people are dead already.

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  56. Then shouldn't these people focus more on praying than going to these articles and commenting about Exo and upvoting? Shouldn't the top comments are all about wishing for more survivors? Geez...People only know how to complain but they don't look at themselves either.

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  57. Who gives a fu*k about entertainment in this situation? Let the dead be paid respect to

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  58. Not an EXO fan at all, but blaming SM and EXO in this situation to me is not neccessary.

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  59. I kind of agree with you but it was kind of wrong how the fans made exo ticket sales a trending topic on search portals...

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  60. You spent more time worrying about SM and EXO than exo fans did actually buying a ticket, litterly. It's not about exo fans or exo, it's not important. What's important is the people on the boat and the families. Just hope for survivors and pray.

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  61. the concert still on may, right?

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  62. Ooh heartless but I guess there is no time for pity

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  63. I would feel bad for the people involved and I would watch the news in my free time but that wouldn't deter my plans at all.

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  64. Just my opinion, but Apink's company also didn't know a tragedy would happen. People are just asking for some respect to the event. Apink canceled an entire planned 3rd year fan meeting. I think SM could've postponed ticketing a couple days.

    Again, I don't blame the fans or Exo. But SM's PR team could've done better.

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  65. The First SensibilitApril 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    amen

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  66. Have you seen this?

    http://i.imgur.com/cU68aIx.png

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  67. "not like fans said how they are glad smth like this happened"

    But some fans actually did say that.


    Other events were cancelled as well when they didn't know the tragedy would have happen.

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  68. y'all get so easily mad

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  69. i seriously dont get it why smth like that should stop someone from buying a ticket for a concert

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  70. not canceling the concert though... just postponing the ticket sales

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  71. What happened was tragic and awful. However this isn't the time to be making jabs at Exo. Netizens are contradicting themselves, saying the focus should be on the passengers, then stop talking about Exo? Even at a time like this they just can't let it go huh. Also, there is no need to guilt trip fans that bought tickets. If you wanna be mad at someone, be mad at SM for not cancelling the ticket sales beforehand. Are the fans just supposed to not buy tickets to be respectful? All they were doing was buying tickets at the time of the release. You can be respectful about this tragedy and check up on what's happening, but like someone else on here said, time doesn't stop. You can still go about your day and do the things you were planning to do while being worried about what's happening. There is no need to feel guilty or be guilt tripped for going about your day.

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  72. EXO fans are legit being psychotic in this comment section, as I feared they would be. Like seriously? EVERYONE has cancelled their shit in order to be sensitive to the situation, but when it comes to EXO's precious comeback, ~life goes on~? I'm starting to wonder if these people are actually EXO fans? They sound more like EXO antis trying to get the group hate.

    Ugh, I wanted to not think about this but...anyway, that's all I'll say on the matter.

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  73. There are millions of people in Korea, we can't tell every single one what to do or what to feel. Yes it's a horrible tragedy, but for someone who doesn't know somebody there or is far away, it's just part of the news. I came from a country where it's regularly hit by typhoons and floods every year, and the whole country still keeps on moving through tragedy.

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  74. the more time you guys spend on exo the less time you guys are spending on the people who are lost right now. Anyway's....


    I hope they find more people alive than dead. My best wishes are with the families who are hoping for good news.

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  75. why have you cut out half the tweet
    can you explain that to me?
    are you purposely trying to make exo fans look bad?

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  76. Basically. I dont get it why are ppl pretending that they are so so so nice that they would stop everything they planned if smth like this happened. fact is they wouldnt. They would fell sorry etc but they wouldnt change their plans

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  77. is pity going to save those people?

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  78. I cant imagine what was going through those kids minds on the ship. Im very afraid of dying. Can you imagine the panic of the ship sinking and you cant find your way out? Whats more horrible than dying too soon is dying tragically and slowly.

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  79. My heart is aching it really hit me when I read the text messages the students sent to their parents as the ship was sinking... Praying that there are more survivors.

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  80. Then lets stop doing everything since so many kids die in africa every day but no one pays attention bcs it doesnt get 74828185 articles

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  81. Stop focusing on EXO and focus on the more serious matter, this is why the ticket sales were trending.
    Anyways, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims. I hope they continue to find more survivors.

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  82. "(not an exo stan btw)"


    hm

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  83. and sm cancelled everything except the ticket sales. what do you want them to do?

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  84. Oh my god, please stop.

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  85. No, that's why I said there is no time for pity

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  86. i dont even like exo. i dont care about eco. its just i find it stupif how everytim someone defends someone it must be that group stan. and even if i am exo stan so what. Exo or not exo if i wanted to go to a concert would still go and buy ticket

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  87. It's fine to reblog gifs or whatever you do... but it's not fine for things like concerts or dramas to be broadcasted right now when the news could be covering and updating this tragedy...
    it's highly unlikely the remaining 300 of those missing are alive... my heart really feels like it's being crushed when I think about their parents

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  88. i thought you were being sarcastic my bad.

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  89. it's more to the fact that people r pissed because they r constantly waiting for updates on the internet--u know how SK access everything so fast from the internet-= and they instead found the #1 ranking is exo ticketing. exo + sm doesnt rly have positive image these days so majority of the people r kinda mad. even apink cancelled their planned fanmeeting, it's better if sm could postpone the ticketing but oh well

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  90. theres no " ' " on anyways


    lord.


    lls

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  91. I'm not worried about Exo specifically, they just happen to be a victim in this situation. I'm just annoyed that people are finding scapegoats to take their anger out on. Yeah i realize that people are upset and it's really hard to be rational in situations like this but it shouldn't be an excuse to blame others, which just so happens to be the entertainment industry right now.

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  92. And this is why I can't stand Exo's fans.

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  93. why? How does this affect me or any of those fangirls in any way? its a sad thing that it happened but it doesnt change anything and it doesnt stop anything,

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  94. god bless their hearts and hope they can recover from this traumatic event.

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  95. Exo fans should be quiet for at least an hour but you shouldn't? This is the internet dude, people say what they want. If Exo is being blamed for something they had no control over than the fans are going to defend them - it's what fans do and what others should do as well if someone not at fault is being blamed.

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  96. gosh me to, is so depressing, my friend scolded me cause she said it was ok to feel bad but not get depress over it cause it doesnt affect me directly and im like they might be related to be in any way, but they still r humans, how can I no be affected by it?

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  97. It saddens me that this, THIS, is the Best Comment. Just SMH.

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  98. I don't want to call off as insensitive, but I don't think people should be reprimanded for not making a tragedy the main focus of their day. I bet people still had work that day and children still had school to attend(correct me if I'm wrong). Life goes on.


    It's important to just pray for the victims and not sweat the small stuff.

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  99. Lol it does sounds like I do but no I don't. I want action not emotion.

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  100. all i can do is to pray for them...... #PrayForSouthKorea

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  101. It's a tragic situation but what makes me even more furious is people that take advantage of this to spread rumors (i'm talking about those sms msgs, the crew locking everyone on their rooms, etc). we know nothing so far, and this just makes the whole situation even more terrible.

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  102. More mess. I feel sorry for EXO their fans will be their downfall.

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  103. i know you didn't mean anything bad but i wish you will remove this picture :( i dont think the girls are okay with someone taking picture of them while they are crying :(

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  104. HyunseungxJunhyungxJayPApril 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I hope there are more survivers.
    Just hang on a little bit longer, help is out there <3

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  105. I pray that the other passengers are found soon. It is very scary to not know what has happened to your loved ones and I cannot imagine the grief of the families that are affected by this incident.


    I watched the clip of Son Suk Hee. As an anchor, you want to be realistic and report the cold hard facts to the audience but...how do you tell people that their children might be gone forever without hurting emotionally? His silence was so heartbreaking.


    Ideally, SM should have postponed the ticket sales. However, there may be factors we are unaware of (like the agenda of the company that sells the tickets) that made them choose this decision. I don't agree with it but what is done is done. Fans have the right to buy concert tickets since they have their own private lives. Hopefully after they buy the tickets they can remain respectful about the tragedy and follow the news updates.

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  106. why would they cancel a concert thats a month from now?

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  107. But how would postponing the ticket sales help? I mean I can understand the hate if all the shops in South Korea closed and only SM is selling....

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  108. Actually I didn't cut it there was more for it but pic loaded that way and why should I make exo fans look bad?

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  109. I don't see EXO as a victim of this situation. They will be fine. They are fine.


    The victims of this situation are the dead passengers from the shipwreck, their families and loved ones, and all those who will be emotionally and psychologically affected by this tragedy for years to come.


    Not Exo.

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  110. i don't like exo and i don't know about the k-fans but as for i-fans i think it's kinda unfair to blame them... i mean something tragic happened in a far away country, it's sad, we feel sorry and we hope and pray there are more survivors but what else can we do? we need to continue with our lives...

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  111. So people shouldn't even buy concert tickets? Ok then. It's good to focus on important things such as these but you also can't let your life grind to a halt. Of course easier said than done for the people with family and friends who were on that boat, and my hopes go out to them and the passengers.

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  112. people were already saying baekhyun's cousin was in the ship, i literally can't

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  113. That's what some people want. To show "respect" or something. No I don't understand it myself.

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  114. s/he hardcore sm stan

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  115. You're legit a sociopath, but okay.

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  116. I dont think most people are guilt tripping them about buying tickets or going about their daily lives. I think the major consensus is that fans/drama watchers shouldnt complain that their comebacks and shows (respectively) are being delayed to pay respect and give more opportunity for news to cover the tragedy.

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  117. seriously people are overreacting and being irrational about this

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  118. "Conclusively, there's a very low chance"
    This is so sad , can't imagine how would the parents feel after hearing this !
    I hope they'll return safely :(

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  119. You know it's the journalists that did the articles, right? let me put this into perspective. People are dying right now and all netizens can think of is the Exo concert. Exo fans buy the tickets and go on their way. The netizens are the ones keeping Exo at #1. At the end of the day, not buying concert tickets is not going to change the situation. This was planned for months.

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  120. yeah im a sociopath bcs i wouldnt stop my life bcs of a situation that happened on a different continent

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  121. Things like that have happened and time doesn't stop. I still read up on the news and stay up to date, but that doesn't stop my day to day life. It may seem insensitive to some, but my life doesn't come to a halt because of this. Don't get me wrong, I am praying for everyone but you can't expect people to just stop everything they're doing.

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  122. yes, but the minute they found out, which was HOURS before they sent out the reminder email to buy the tickets, they could've put it on hold... it's not that difficult. all they could've done was postpone the ticket purchase times and dates... no one's saying they need to cancel the concert itself so please calm down.

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  123. People are especially sensitive because this incidents involve children, teenagers. A life is a life, but when victims are young, it evoke the maternal and paternal instinct in all of us.
    A lot of people probably feel hopeless right now that they can't do anything to help so they are easily upset. SM should have been more sensitive to the public's feeling, because they are after all a company that benefit from the public's interest and love.

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  124. Why shouldn't their fans be allowed to post their defense? These netizens (kpop fans, because they are the only ones who care, GP doesn't give a shit, they want to know that people are safe). are literally using a tragedy to bring hate to a group. Over SEARCH RANKINGS. People are dying, and these netizens are whining over SEARCH RANKINGS.

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  125. they made it a trending topic...not just buying tickets, they made it hit the #1 spot...

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  126. You're acting like all the people who cancelled events, dramas and album releases also hadn't been planing it for weeks.

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  127. it's quite sad how you're using this to spread your exo hate.

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  128. Did the captain make it out alive? Kinda sounds like that Carnival cruise that sank near Italy and the captain left before most passengers.
    I hope this isn't true at all.

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  129. Idg it either because if it happens in our country, the broadcasting stations will still not cancel the shows, unless if the tragedy that happens affects the whole nation.

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  130. even apink cancelled their long planned fanmeeting, 3 dramas r cancelled, and all the music shows r cancelled. i believe the netizens just want sm to postpone it until the news die down a bit.. you know ppl r frustrated about this upsetting news, they constantly refresh updates from the internet, so i dont blame them when theyre a bit mad seeing exo ticketing rank 1st when ppl especially young girls whose friends maybe trapped in the ship should've empathized a bit abt this situation.
    i can understand them a bit, people r upset about this tragedy there

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  131. Oh no :( I won't get my drama!

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  132. he/she isnt talking about that. But how he/she wouldnt change her plans bcs of smth like this.

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  133. so all of SK people must show their emphaty and stop all entertainment business.

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  134. Where i live if tragedy happens there would be a grieve day but no one's live would stop and no one would change plans bcs of it.

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  135. lack of sympathy.. this is just sad.

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  136. People are dying and these kids are quarreling over search rankings and concert tickets. Seriously? You are wasting your time to hate on innocent people who have nothing to do with this and using a tragedy as an excuse? It's like another netizen said, it says something about the state of a country when instead of focusing on the tragedy they are blaming singers and fans.

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  137. This is a good point. Exo fans want Exo to be accepted more by the public (which "Growl" was a STEP, it didn't pull a "Gee") and this is not the way to make the public favor you.

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  138. Defensive EXO fans, you're all missing the point. Netizens wouldn't have cared less about EXO's concert ticket sales going on or not if they hadn't known about it in the first place. They're pissed off because EXO fans are at their computers/mobile devices hitting the search button over and over again to get EXO to the top of the search rankings. And to actually achieve that on a day when the rest of the country is searching about the tragedy goes to show just how much effort they're putting in. And honestly, I find that pretty disrespectful.

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  139. exo is the victim??




    #hopeless

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  140. Yup. SMH at the people trying to act as if it was the netizens comments that made those articles trend. Anything to protect oppa from backlash. Dudes. Seriously?

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  141. As someone who lost a close relative a few days ago, I wish the family of the passagers to find strength and have faith

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  142. Pray for the survivors, pray for those lost, pray for those who are happily in heaven, pray for their families



    Pray for Korea.

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  143. if they postponed ticket sales what do you think the first ranking would be on search portals?

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  144. yeah, most people must be spending their time praying right now not sit in front of their PC like me.

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  145. needs more upvotes!

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  146. This is not lack of sympathy, this is being realistic.
    Come on now, is not the end of the world.

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  147. I'm not talking about people commenting on the tragedy. I'm talking about this comment in specific. It's people like these that are making the comments all about Exo or sm and the reason why Exo was still trending after the sales were over. Commenting about Exo and what their fans are doing is no better than fans buying tickets - they're both putting their focus on something other than the tragedy no?

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  148. anyone with an opinion must be an exo fan

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  149. I read SM cancelled everything else except the ticket sales. Sometimes it's not as easy to cancel something like this than you think. I'm sure SM was trying to find a way to postpone it, but maybe they couldn't.

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  150. The comeback was postponed. No one cancelled anything, everything was POSTPONED. The ticketing was on Gmarket, it probably went up automatically. No one expected journalists to make a big story of it. I fail to see how Exo fans are being psychotic.

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  151. may i know where did you watch it?

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  152. huh? is this a legit question?

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  153. It is more about the show of respect. It is a way to show respect to the
    tragic incident, lives lost, those who are missing and the families who
    are waiting.

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  154. This person is not an EXO stan but ....okay

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  155. Dominique (도미니크)April 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    People just LOVE blaming Lee Soo Man, don't they?
    I am praying for more survivors as well! #staystrong

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  156. are you being serious? there are hundreds of people, children even, dying out there and all you care about is a show not airing... speaking of heartlessness

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  157. yeah, talking about hypocrisy.

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  158. I bet you some of those search hits are from Knetz searching up EXO and this issue. EXO fans are many, but they're nothing compared to the rest of the population of South Korea. If the rest of the country (as you say) is searching about this tragedy, those EXO hits wouldn't even compare to the numbers.

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  159. The concert is on May 25. It's over a month later. Also, the ticketing was planned and was on a third party website.

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  160. I LIKE Exo. A lot. But Exo fans are being sociopathic as usual and that is very disturbing to me. This is why I don't fuck with the fandom. I just enjoy EXO on my own in peace.

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  161. I can't believe there's actually people defending this whole ticket thing

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  162. Do you realize this makes no sense at all? Fandoms come together to make their topics trend on a daily basis. It's not that hard. They're all pros at it. If the rest of Korea is looking up the trending topics, it's because the fans got them to trend first.

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  163. Life must go on, tragedy happen everytime.

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  164. So basically people want EXO to postpone just for show, when there's no practical reason for it. It's ticket sales, not an event.

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  165. How the hell is EXO a victim in this situation? Please enlighten me.

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  166. Because it's pretty disrespectful

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  167. 1. I'm pretty sure even those who are searching for tickets are concerned about the passengers. It's an extremely sad thing to live through, especially to those directly involved. However, the world cannot cease to move forward in the midst of the tragedy. Yes, it would have been nice for SM to postpone the ticket sales for a day or two, however they were thinking with their pockets and not their hearts at that moment. I don't think anyone thought it would get this big.


    2. I'm pretty sure most people are blaming the few Exo fans for bumping that topic up on the search engine, not EXO themselves. If you see 1 person in 1000 comment hate towards EXO, they were probably someone who didn't like them anyway.


    3. People are hurting and in pain right now. They need a target and anyone even remotely associated with not showing sympathy in this situation will get all the darts thrown at them. Rather than give light to those few who seem to be void of compassion towards the victims, it's better to give you attention to praying for the families and people involved. If you're not into prayer you can always just send your positive thoughts and words in their direction.

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  168. It's depressing that some people care more about fans of a boy group than lost lives. Instead of focusing on the dead and missing, they are using their misfortune to hurt others. This world is shit, I'm now sure of it.

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  169. nope it doesnt work like that, shinhwa and others idol usually hits #1 too on naver when they have concert/a comeback because so many people search/access the ticketing website

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  170. Honestly, people are getting upset over search ranking and blaming the international fans who had no control over them in the first place. It's beyond me why people are commenting on something as petty as who was trending on the search ranking rather than worrying about the passengers.

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  171. i dont even know how to respond to this #igiveup

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  172. Here is the news clip of anchorman Son Suk Hee's interview with the professor:

    http://youtu.be/x01BMfcdPNg



    South Korea, my prayers go out to your sons and daughters. Fighting.

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  173. it's really sad that there's a tragedy with 107 passengers condition is still unknown.. however you're all arguing over who is wrong and who's right about a tickets. Ironic..!!

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  174. I'm the very last person you would ever want to consider as an EXO fan. I don't hate them, but I don't like them, either. They're pretty irrelevant to me.

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  175. lol. im not acting like that? SM cancelled a lot of other stuff. These's probably a reason why he didnt cancel this one.
    So, if there's someone you guys should hate on, then its SM, NOT exo.

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  176. Social media does not mandate people to reflect their emotions nor is it very conducive to genuine empathy and sympathy.


    The lot of you are on here going around preaching for your own self-serving purposes is the only reproachable thing I see here.

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  177. The most sadning part is that the majority of these people are just kids. Reading their text messages just makes me cry
    I'm glad he/she was rescued, hope all the survivers are found https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlW6XKDCMAA8ydp.jpg

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  178. But still, Korean population>Exo fans. All this fuss about trending topics, maybe the reason why Exo fans got the top is because there aren't many people searching for the tragedy and are instead getting their news from somewhere else. I just find it disturbing that having EXO on top is an accusation that their fans are being maliciously disrespectful, when there's no proof to that.

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  179. yes, since that is the issue. Do you think exo fans wouldn't search to see why the ticking was canceled? Do you think this wouldn't become a bigger issue?

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  180. SM literally postponed or cancelled everything else except the ticket sales. You don't know if they tried to delay it or not. Yes fans must have been happy to see the tickets sell out that quickly and posted about it, but now it's those complaining about that's still making them a trending topic. I understand the frustrations, but people are being irrational about this.

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  181. knets are upset that if dramas are postponed why couldnt exo ticket sales...its been a day since the incident im sure exo wont be affected -_-

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  182. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being sensitive. But just because people want to go on with their lives, it doesn't mean that they're being insensitive or disrespectful. Time is precious, not only in Korea, but for the rest of the world. If we dropped everything we were doing with our lives every time a tragic event occurs, then the human race, as a whole, will never progress.

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  183. It doesn't say much for people's concern if a simple ticketing venture can overtake them in search rankings. But honestly too much media coverage and speculation only drives misinformation.

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  184. I-fans are soo freaking callous. It's unbelievable. Cancelling the ticketing would have shown respect and a sign of solidarity. When tickets where released EXO fans flooded the internet, search rankings going from news or supportive messages for those on the ferry, to EXO related terms.

    You guys might not care, but this is a big deal in Korea. Just like when the Concordia captised it was all over the Italian internet, shows got cancelled while breaking news reports came out that lasted for days.

    It's not about people expecting the world to just stop, it's about everyone banding together and showing unity. Which is what postponing the ticket release would have done.

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  185. Isn't the search ranking a big thing in Korea?

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  186. This is exactly what i was thinking too, i just found the news saying 174 out of 462 people have been rescued, 300 are still missing, according to one of the surviving student they were told by the captain to stay where they are and one video from another survivor showed exactly that, students wearing lifejackets huddled in the corner together while the ship was sinking, the news also showed people rescued from the ships windows and some of them had jumped in the water to survive and they were rescued as well, still it was so heartbreaking to see one family happily reuniting with their loved ones and the other family desperately waiting for news of their loved ones, this is just tragic, the ship sank completely after an hour of the rescue services arrival, it has sank 30 metres into the water, they still believe hundreds of them are still trapped inside the water which means survival chances are very low, 6 people have been found dead to this point and dozens more injured, at this point all we and the victims families can do is pray and hope...

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  187. How cool as all broadcast stations show solidarity.


    Well done!

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  188. Im so confused rn because I saw on the news that there were like 300+ people missing in reality... idk if thats true tho. 100+ missing was bad enough :( Hope theres a miracle and more survivors are found.
    PS: It bugs me a bit how people are criticizing fans for talking about EXO when theyre also talking about EXO... it might be rude for some people to be searching for tickets but I dont think that making the comments about EXO the most voted up ones in these articles is respectful either.

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  189. praying while reading Netizenbuzz

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  190. its a form of respect in korea ok!!! majority of korean people dont care about kpop they want to hear the news !!!!!

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  191. Never believe anything in the news.


    If they give you a figure, its nothing final until a year or so from now.
    They are all guessing and withholding some information.

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  192. sorry about that
    its been a down week for me and i kind of snapped at people (a lot of people)
    i didnt know that the picture didnt load properly and made an assumption based on that

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  193. Fighting...

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  194. So far I haven't seen anyone ((in this comment section atleast)) complain about things being cancelled. And if they do shame on them, but tbh if other groups were planning on releasing something at this time and got postponed, fans of that group would probably complain too. It's not just exo fans, yet everyone tries to blame them. Also like the netizen comments in the article scolding exo fans for "buying tickets at a time like this." what are they supposed to do..not buy tickets out of respect? It doesn't make sense to me why everyone needs to point fingers and look for someone to blame instead of just focusing on the tragedy that happened.

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  195. ofcourse the news abt the tragedy would hit #1. the reason why exo ticketing hit #1 is because fans from korea+overses r panicking abt getting their ticket. it happens a lot with other idol you know? even in my shinhwa fandom it's called Shinwar, when the ticketing starts, Shinhwa too usually stay #1 on naver for some time.


    so IF the ticket sales is postponed and sm announce clearly the reason why, i dont think it will hit the trending. unless exo fans r really r that immature and make a fuss abt the postponing

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