‘Crazy’ Chinese fans cause trouble for their idols’ neighbors

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/6/22 16:18:40

Photo: A snapshot of Kankan News

A news report about a group of overzealous fans in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality coming into conflict with the residents of a building where two of their idols live has gone viral on Chinese social media. 

According to the news report by Kankan News, a Chinese video news site under the Shanghai Media Group, a group of fans, mostly female, have been frequently gathering near the entrance of the building. Whenever their idols appear, the group swarms toward the entrance in an attempt to snap a photo or record a video. 

The hashtag #CrazyFansTroubleResidents has earned 360 million views on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo as of Monday afternoon. 

According to local residents, the traffic congestion and noise created by the fans have had a serious impact on their daily lives. Neighboring communities have called the local police station several times, but fans always return after police leave the area. In some cases, fans have even come into physical conflict with residents. 

"If you saw so many strangers sitting in your community, wouldn't you feel scared?" one resident tells Kankan News. 

"A girl saw me taking photos of them, and came to hit me," another resident tells a reporter in an angry tone. 

The two stars are members of Chinese boy band Teens in Times. For them, issues with fans are nothing new as they have previous expressed their feelings of helplessness on social media, noting that they feel like monkeys in a zoo. 

A representative of the idol's agency told Kankan News that the stars are also victims. 

"You know these crazy fans. We have issued statements asking them to stop, but it is useless. Nearly all celebrities have encountered similar problems."

The community's property management company said it will cooperate with police to strengthen local control, the Kankan News report said.  

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