NMIXX were just in the United States for KCON LABOR and had a great time meeting and performing for their US fans for the first time!
💙KCON 2022 LA💚
A present for NSWER! 💖 Real Time Fan Cam video spoiler from NMIXX’s @NMIXX_official awesome O.O performance on DAY 2 at KCON 2022 LA! 🎉#KCON #KCONUSA #KCON2022LA #NMIXX #nmix pic.twitter.com/VedmCfTsNa
— KCONUSA (@kconusa) August 22, 2022
NMIXX participated in fan meeting events and even made an appearance at what seems to be an exclusive party for some guests of the KCON convention and concert. One interaction during the party, however, is upsetting fans because of its inappropriate nature.
TikToker Jerm Barrett (@jermbarrett) shared content from the party showing him filming short clips with some of the groups that attended. Fans were first excited to see the behind-the-scenes clips of their faves, until he posted the second part of his experience.
In this second video, the TikToker can be seen talking about how he planned on approaching NIMIXX’s Sullyoon to ask her out to dinner. He then approaches her and introduces himself in Korean and Sullyoon politely responds.
He then continues in English to ask if she’s going to be in LA for a while and to ask her out to dinner. Sullyoon looks confused for a moment before NMIXX say their farewells and she quickly turns to bow with them. The TikToker then walks away saying that he blew it to whoever is recording the video.
While there is nothing wrong with idols dating, many fans have shown concern due to Sullyoon still technically being a minor in Korea. According to his TikTok, Jerm is at least 24 years old internationally, and 25 in Korean age. This would make the age difference at least 4 years, and because Sullyoon just turned 18 internationally, some fans find this inappropriate.
Even if I give him the benefit of the doubt and say he doesn’t know her age, the video is still so weird?? Like why?? pic.twitter.com/Wy4a9rkIVs
— NiziMixx_xxiWiziN | NMIXX DRAFT ERA (@NiziUmemes) August 31, 2022
And JYPe continues to do nothing to protect NMIXX. This is a grown man coming to a fun event just to ask Sullyoon to go on a date with him, Sullyoon’s 18th birthday was a while ago but she’s literally still a kid.
Like I said, this company does not care about these girls at all. pic.twitter.com/Ow7ocE9QLW
— cleo · oǝlɔ (@NMIXXDOLLS) August 31, 2022
Sullyoon is still underage and you a grown ass men asking to go on a date with her ? Like did you see her face ? She was clearly uncomfortable. Like come on…
— Ch!ll 🍃 (@Fangirlbitch4) August 31, 2022
Jerm also did not respect fan/idol boundaries in a variety of ways, including holding his hand out for a handshake and making a joke out of her for the sake of his content. COVID19 protocols have been in place to try to keep both fans and idols safe from getting sick and include no physical contact. During NMIXX’s KCON hi-touch event, the members were even kept behind a plastic barrier for protection.
NMIXX HI TOUCH 🤩, so happy to see my bias vocal powerhouse LILY! They’re all so pretty, but damn Sullyoon is GOD TIER beauty 😍 #NMIXX #NMIXX_DRAFT #KCON2022LA #KCON #KCONUSA #hitouch pic.twitter.com/4qlYpntoCz
— Josie Kep1ian 🇵🇭🇺🇸 (@JoselCodilla) August 22, 2022
Jerm is also not a K-Pop-related TikToker, so the assumption can be made that he is not actually a fan of the group and only did this for the sake of content. In addition to this, NMIXX were working during this video and Sullyoon could not leave the interaction. This is comparable to someone flirting with on a cashier while they are checking their items out and are not able to walk away from someone making them uncomfortable.
Fans also found his replies to comments on his video a bit uncomfortable as well. After one comment explained that the group may have a no dating policy in their contract, Jerm replied that “there’s always a way.”
Fans have begun taking action by mass reporting his account on TikTok and to NMIXX’s company, JYP Entertainment.
nswers can you report this tiktok pls this grown man filmed himself asking sullyoon “out on a date” it’s weird as hell and he’s acting cocky in the comment section https://t.co/6SsD29rpvg
— ʞɐlɐɯ 🎲 (@nmixxfull) August 31, 2022
Nswers please report this grown man acc and don’t engaged with his contents. he’s so freaking weird and disgusting
He asking sullyoon “out on a date”
Also please mass email Jype about this for the Safety of NMIXX
— AnnSWER~ꓤƎϺSuu∀ れン 🐹🐯—ia (@iam_annplum) August 31, 2022
He has since deleted the video after fans began commenting on his actions.