Around 1,000 fans of K-pop band X1, officially named One-It, held a mass demonstration in front of the CJ Entertainment building in Seoul on 22 January.
They had three main demands:
- First, to re-debut X1 as a new group by 31 January;
- Second, to make another meeting with the agencies of X1 members to discuss the future of the new band by February
- Third, to take responsibility for the damages caused by agencies and CJ for ignoring the opinions of X1 members and fans considering the disbandment.
The mass protest included LED advertising in Seoul and a bus circulating around the city.
While some fans voiced their opinion offline, X1 fans all over the world trended the hashtags “#BringBackNewX1” and “#CJTakeTheResponsibility” and supported the protest on Twitter.
"Most of the participants in the protest were women in ages 10s-20s, there were male participants and foreigners too. The number was about 800 at the start of the protest, but rose to nearly 1000 at around 1pm. Fans came from far regions-#BringBackNewX1 #CJTakeTheResponsibility— shobey_⚡ (@shobey_edits) January 22, 2020
200122— X1 (엑스원) GLOBAL (@GLOBAL_X1) January 22, 2020
Both morning hashtag are still trending in 2nd and 3rd place WORLDWIDE. Both # are also close to 1M tweets. 🔥
Top 1,2 and 6 in rising topics in Naver are also connected to X1, fans, and CJ ENM. 🙇♀️#BringBackNewX1 #CJTakeTheResponsibility @x1official101 @x1members pic.twitter.com/qHv1LHA1YB
X1 was created during Mnet's audition program “Produce X101” by audience vote last year, but it was disbanded due to the scandal that flared up after it was revealed that the program crews manipulated the number of votes in the audition rankings. Though members belong to different agencies, after their debut as X1 they were run by Cj Entertainment from August 2019. But on the 6 January, after meeting with representatives of the agencies, Cj Entertainment disbanded the group, which led to the protest.