Companies tend to impose a lot of rules on their idols, but Irene never lets SM Entertainment’s restrictions stop her. Here are 4 times she ignored her company’s rules to make her members and her fans happy.
1. When she got the crowd singing for Wendy
On the lucky occasion when a concert coincides with an idol’s birthday, companies typically let fans plan special events like birthday cake and singing. But while SM Entertainment did let ReVeluvs plan an event for Redmare in Vancouver on Wendy’s actual birthday, they declined the proposal for an event at Redmare in Toronto a few days earlier.
Of course, since Wendy grew up in Toronto, fans really wanted to give her an extra birthday treat. Those attending the concert were very disheartened when the proposal was declined. Many even considered ignoring SM Entertainment’s rules and singing “Happy Birthday” regardless. But in the end, they didn’t have to—Irene did it for them.
After Irene gave a speech during her talk time, she brought up Wendy’s birthday to the crowd and said everyone should sing “Happy Birthday” to her—just as they’d wanted to.
— . (@swiddyyy) February 20, 2019
2. When she wore a fan’s headband gift
Everyone loves public fansigns. Not only do a lucky few fans get to meet their idols, it’s also a tradition for them to bring along funny and cute accessories like headbands and hats. The fansites in attendance take photos of idols wearing the accessories to share with everyone who couldn’t be there, making public fansigns a day for the entire fanbase.
But during a public fansign for “Zimzalabim” at Everland theme park, SM Entertainment threw a spanner in the works. ReVeluvs brought along plenty of cute headbands they’d purchased at Everland, but at the last minute, the company told the fans they weren’t allowed to give them to the idols due to time constraints.
Irene must have seen how disappointed the fans were, because she ignored SM Entertainment’s rules completely and took a cute black bunny ear headband from one of the ReVeluvs in attendance. She even carried on wearing it while they performed that day.
3. When she gave every fan the time they deserved
That wasn’t the only “Zimzalabim” fansign where SM Entertainment disappointed fans. At an earlier event, all the ReVeluvs in attendance reported that the company rushed the event and even manhandled fans to move them along quicker. But despite the security guards’ efforts, Irene did her best to make sure every ReVeluv got to have a special time.
yeah when irene was holding my hand, the staff were trying to move me on so i tried to pull away but she didn't let go 🥺 she just kept holding my hand for a little while longer… truly the loveliest girl in the world i cherish her so much
— 💙 (@reveluxe) June 28, 2019
One fan posted her account on Twitter, telling everyone how Irene kept ignoring the security guard saying “please move” and even took the time to draw a birthday cake.
6/28 COEX fansign
irene literally IGNORED the staff and kept talking + drawing lol pic.twitter.com/2jYMkRkr85
— 🐰 (@starlight329_) June 29, 2019
4. When she posted her photocards on Instagram
The selfies on K-Pop photocards are supposed to be exclusive. That way, fans buy more albums to collect them. But if SM Entertainment has told Red Velvet to keep her photocard pics off social media, she definitely hasn’t paid any attention.
Irene has uploaded several of her photocard selfies to Instagram after the albums were released, including pics from The ReVe Festival: Day 1 and The ReVe Festival: Finale. She even uploaded a photocard from a Kihno album as a profile picture, despite these photocards being worth even more.