Fans of Kep1er are voicing concerns after the group performed their recent title track, “Up!”, on a rooftop. Although the video was certainly aesthetic and the members were completely professional, giving their all to the performance, fans couldn’t help but worry about Mashiro, who has a known fear of heights.
It was perform on helipad and mashiro is afraid of heights, I couldn't help but to get worried to her while watching the video.
— Ylena (@kep1frvr) July 19, 2022
Although Mashiro remained professional throughout the video, fans noticed that her usually powerful expressions and energy were completely absent during the performance.
While no one was critiquing Mashiro’s performance since the idol overcame her fear to give a good performance for fans…
MASHIRO AFRAID OF HEIGHTS AND STILL ATE https://t.co/T68swkBKqa
— den (@winksmashiro) July 19, 2022
Fans are disappointed that WAKEONE Entertainment wouldn’t consider their artists’ well-being, making Mashiro perform in an uncomfortable situation.
WHY ARE THEY FILMING ON A ROOFTOP OF A HEIGHT BUILDING ?? ISNT MASHIRO AFRAID OF HEIGHTS????? pic.twitter.com/Xlr0hZgPFE
— kapi’s manager 🔭 🏝:connected #happybahiyyihmonth (@bahiyyih09) July 19, 2022
this is so high and me who has a fear of heights like mashiro, i would be crying of fear if i was in there but mashiro is there dancing, overcoming her fears. she's so brave, and i hope she's okay when they film this. i am so proud of her.pic.twitter.com/rpJo8i1hw5
— ari (@xtngluvr) July 19, 2022
Of course, this isn’t the first time companies have forced their idols into uncomfortable situations. Stray Kids also performed on the same rooftop despite Lee Know‘s well-known fear of heights.
Just like Mashiro, Lee Know proved his professionalism by performing well despite his fear, but fans were frustrated that JYP Entertainment created such an uncomfortable situation for their artist.
despite his fear of heights, he still managed to perform and kept it as professional as possible.. my lee know u did so well 🙁
— moon! (@MINHOAREU) October 15, 2021
Chan holds Lee Know's hands so he doesn't feel so scared 🥺🥺
— Banginho || MinChan 🍑 (@minchanology) October 15, 2021
This is kinda painful to watch. The guys did amazing per usual. But you can tell Lee Know was not his normal self. Him having extreme fear of heights isn’t anything to play with. I wished they’d stop making idols do things outta their comfort zones. pic.twitter.com/kyYmkJQbgh
— 🥀𝓙𝓪zz🥀P1H CB 7/20 ATZ 7/29 (BeautifulMonster) (@Jtaegikook2) October 16, 2021
Although fans try to show support for idols like Mashiro and Lee Know by praising them for their professionalism, they want to make it clear that it’s incredibly unfair that companies knowingly put their idols in such uncomfortable situations.
I hope we understand that Lee Know “overcoming” his fear of heights in that performance IS NOT a celebratory thing. Yes we’re proud of him but trending tags like it’s a milestone is unnecessary especially when he “overcame” it forcibly cos he was required to comply as an artist.
— cece 🎪 (@SKZDOMIN8) October 15, 2021
mashiro looks so nervous during the choreo vid we literally saw how scared she was of heights on girls planet, like no way wakeone didn't fucking know that. theyre so fucking evil.
— ًelio (@syodaz) July 19, 2022
Neither companies have responded to the criticisms as of yet. You can watch Kep1er’s “Up!” performance here.
And compare it with Mashiro’s fancam here.
You can watch Stray Kids’ “THUNDEROUS” performance here.
And compare it with Lee Know’s fancam here.