Previously, it was announced that SM Entertainment would be launching a new reality show competition in order to search for members to debut as a new unit of NCT, NCT-Hollywood. Existing units include, NCT 127, NCT U, NCT DREAM, and WayV.The competition will be scouting young men between 13 and 25 years old, and fly them to Seoul where they will be mentored at SM Entertainment by Lee Soo Man himself, and of course, the other NCT members.
Fans have had a mixed reaction to the news. Here are some reactions from fans globally.
1. They announced this previously
It was previously released during a presentation conference that SM Entertainment was planning to expand NCT around Asia as well. Could this be merely the first step?
— ciana (@luvlyxjungwoo) May 7, 2021
2. It would become a weak point
This would not be the first instance where fully Caucasian people would potentially (since nothing has been confirmed) sing as part of K-Pop. Previously, girl group Kaachi made their debut in K-Pop to much ire, despite having an Asian member.
imagine arguing w another fandom and them being like “ur an nctzen you have white men in your group 😂😂😂”
— hourly xiaojun 🎭 (@flrtdejun) May 6, 2021
3. A business ploy?
A tweet explained that SM Entertainment was probably attempting to utilize brand loyalty within the NCT name. This would help push the new group’s popularity.
Personally I don’t wish to see the NCT brand being used for this as much as I want to support the dreams of young teens and adults. The theme of NCT is infinite expansion but I’m sick of SM using the umbrella for their own experiments. Debut your new team without the nct name. https://t.co/hDZLabj6Wl
— ✨ㅇㅅ✨ (@appartement201) May 6, 2021
4. It is unfair for current members
Controversial opinion or not, it seems many resonate with this fan who claims that the system is unfair to the members who have been with the group from the start and suffered trying to raise its popularity.
this may be a controversial opinion, but the nct system & how sm is currently handling it is actually unfair to the original members who built the brand from the ground up to where it is now
— caa (@taeyongnct) May 6, 2021
5. Ramen, juseyo!
Some are reacting to it with humor it seems.
jisung when ronald from nct hollywood ask for ramen juseyo pic.twitter.com/HQXyzmIfnb
— asya (✿ᴗ͈ˬᴗ͈) (@aduhdoyi) May 7, 2021
6. Poor management
A gripe from fans has long been that SM Entertainment is unable to manage their current units properly. New members Sungchan and Shotaro do not have a unit group yet even.
You can’t even promote the nct members and your other artists properly!!!
— 🥛𝐀𝐧𝐤𝐲𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐮𝐬🍑 (@somilkyway_) May 7, 2021
7. Is this how Dear. U Bubble will look like?
A fan made a mock-up of a Dear. U Bubble message from NCT-Hollywood
 🦝's message is here
what's up the the weather was nice but not more than me, but you're nicer czennie~ 💚 pic.twitter.com/fDOurYJc8q
— vitamin⁷⁷ | 🌶️ (@bloomyunoh) May 6, 2021
8. We “Don’t Need Your Love”…
…but we do need HRVY! HRVY did a collaborative track with NCT Dream once, to much popularity. Sadly, the babe is British and not American.
hrvy is the only white man we accept here in ncity
— red (@markleemfal) May 7, 2021
9. Side-eyeing this
Erm… kind of speaks for itself.
and when NCT Hollywood looks like this 😭 then what pic.twitter.com/96akfA5dmz
— brooke 🌺 (@broke10vely) May 6, 2021
10. She’s always a big mood
Seo Ye Ji in It’s Okay To Not Be Okay is always, always a meme.
"i like nct" "hollywood" pic.twitter.com/1pBDwLrymM
— rina | 맛!🌶️ (@_pjsung) May 7, 2021
What do you guys think of the news?