Following the announcement about E’Dawn and YanAn’s absence in the upcoming fan club event for PENTAGON, Cube Entertainment Japan announced that E’Dawn will not be participating in any Japanese promotions due to personal affairs.
Netizens have suspected that E’Dawn’s continuous absence in the group’s promotion is related to the recent news of his relationship with Hyuna.
The news received a negative reaction from Korean netizens with some even demanding that E’Dawn be removed from PENTAGON.
As a result of E’Dawn’s continuous absence and the negative netizen reaction, fans have been making an effort to help E’Dawn continue promoting with PENTAGON through petitions.
— 얀안빵 (@hyojong94) August 9, 2018
— 94⬠ (@ptg_94) August 8, 2018
Moreover, fans have actively been trending the hashtag #이던_창단식_나와줘 (“E’Dawn please come to the inauguration ceremony) to show their support.
— Hagi♡. (@YangHagi) August 8, 2018
UNIVERSE!!! Please tweet #이던_창단식_나와줘 to show that you want Hyojong at the Unibirthday!! Hopefully our efforts make a change or at least let him know we still love and support him 💖💖💖
— jackson | 1=10 10=1 (@pentagonisms) August 8, 2018
Meanwhile, Korean netizens have been criticizing Cube Entertainment for their method of dealing with the situation, claiming that they have made it far worse than it should be.
- “The company is not doing their job right…They need to stay strong but they’re acting like they made a big mistake. They’re young so it’s more than understandable that they are dating. It’s not like they went on drugs or something. It almost seems like they’re trying to stir the pot here.”
- “The agency is making their artist get criticized more let alone protecting them.”
- “At first I thought it was E’Dawn running away but it’s not clear that the company is dealing with the situation through excessive control. Why are they making the idols hide? They said they wanted to be honest and confident.”