Many fans of the K-Pop survival show I-LAND aren’t fans of its network Mnet, alleging that Mnet is mistreating of one particular trainee.
Since the show began, several contestants (including Ni-ki, Heesung, and K) have been victims of “evil editing“, according to fans. “Evil editing” portrays contestants in a false, unfavorable light.
In addition to these complaints, fans of Hanbin believe that he is slowly being erased from the show.
They tried to make Hanbin disappear in this episode. Hanbin is Mnet's stepchild, really only taking advantage of Hanbin's fans. Mnet is trying so that Hanbin can be submerged and have no fans in the future. I will try to last vote this time and give up the show
— ♡ Ngô HanBin ♡ °(≥^.^≤)° (@coii089) August 28, 2020
CAN YALL STOP BEING SILENT ABOUT HANBIN'S MISTREATMENT? ISTG NOT SPEAKING UP IS JUST MAKING THEM BRAVER TO DO THIS SHIT. WE'RE SO TIRED OF THEM NOT ACKNOWLEDGING HANBIN! IT'S LITERALLY RIGHT THERE, RIGHT ON THE FUCKING SCREEN!! BE LOUD AND PUT MNET TO THEIR PLACE!! FUCK MNET!!!
— rose🥀#HanbinDeservesBetter (@HANBINATIONISM) August 28, 2020
In Episode 7, the final six contestants in the Top 12 were chosen by fans through a Global Vote. The first six were previously selected by the trainees themselves and by the show’s producers. Hanbin narrowly secured the 12th spot, earning more votes than Kyungmin and Nicholas.
Like the rest of the I-LANDers, Hanbin is fighting for his place in the Top 7 who will debut in a new boy group. Competition is fierce, but some fans believe the odds are especially stacked against Hanbin, stating that he has been “ignored” and used for views.
I better not see ONE SINGLE tweet saying "Hannies complain all the time"…. We have a right to be upset and angry. Hanbin has always been ignored throughout the show and all Mnet does is use him for fucking views (THAT'S A FACT, THEY PUT 4 ADS ON HIS DNA FANCAM)
— Thăng (@hubispooh) August 28, 2020
mnet putting 4 ads on hanbin's dna fancam… THEY KNOW HE'S BRINGING THEM VIEWS😭😭
— Thăng (@hubispooh) August 26, 2020
Hanbin’s fans have grown more frustrated with each episode, but Episode 9 is amplifying their anger and disappointment. This is because the producers’ feedback was shown for several other trainees, but not for Hanbin.
im pissed! so so pissed! mnet could like AT LEAST show us producers' comments bout hanbin but they choose to cut it? FCK MNET YOU DO KNOW THAT HANBIN EXIST IN ILAND TOO RIGHT?!
— ѕʏᴀᴢ | #VOTEFORHANBIN 🙉 (@squishyhubi) August 28, 2020
I can’t believe hanbin hit two high notes in this ep his introduction and during the performance and mnet still didn’t show the producers noticing or giving him feedback :/ he definitely has to debut
— tori ♡ HUBI (@hubibun) August 28, 2020
idk if the producers tlly had a comment abt hanbin or mnet cutted that part but IM PISSED. HANBIN WAS LITERALLY THERE. IN FRONT ON THE FUCKING CAMERA. HOW HARD IS IT NOT TO NOTICE HIM? TO GIVE HIM COMPLIMENTS THAT HE DESERVES? WHEN WILL THEY DO THAT?
— 🧚♀️max⁷ | birthday🥳 (@yooongiggles) August 28, 2020
Previously, another fan favorite, Geonu, was the first to be eliminated from I-LAND’s Top 12. Although no contestants were eliminated in Episode 9, Hanbin’s fans fear that a lack of acknowledgment and screentime could possibly contribute to his elimination in the near future.