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Is the WATERBOMB Concert Dangerous? The K-Pop Stars Whose Eyes Were In Pain From The Excessive Water Shooting


Korea officially welcomed summer with the WATERBOMB 2023 music festival from June 23 to 25.

| @waterbomb_official/Instagram

WATERBOMB is a yearly summer festival where everyone shoots one another with water—whether they are performers or audience members. Numerous K-Pop artists performed this year, including aespa, Sunmi, BTOB, STAYC, Jay Park, and more.

Sunmi
BTOB’s Minhyuk
STAYC’s Isa

Some celebrities went viral for their striking visuals at the festival, including Kwon Eunbi and her sexy outfit.

Kwon Eunbi

Although the water worked in Kwon Eunbi’s favor during her performance, making her sexy look complete, it wasn’t as glamorous for some other artists. Rapper Lee Young Ji was also a performer at WATERBOMB and dressed in an all-black outfit, she performed nine songs with power and charisma.

Lee Young Ji | @waterbomb_official/Instagram

There were moments throughout her set when the rapper stopped performing because people shot water at her face.

Lee Young Ji performing at “WATERBOMB” | Coating CAM/YouTube

One of her contact lenses came out during her performance, and her eyes seemed to be in a lot of discomfort. By the end of her performance, Lee Young Ji told fans to tell aespa, who was performing after her, to take out their colored contacts and wear goggles.

Up to this point, we saw our favorite stars perform on stage from the audience’s point of view. However, after her performance, Lee Young Ji posted a video on her Twitter account that showed the festival from her point of view. The video shows Lee Young Ji performing her song “WITCH” passionately while being drenched with water being shot at her face. The video’s audio was muffled, and the rapper could not open her eyes. Behind her was a massive crowd of people enjoying the concert.

WATERBOMB, singer’s point of view

— Lee Young Ji

In response to the video, some netizens applauded the singer for continuing to perform even when it was difficult to see.

Ahhh ㅠㅠ How difficult it must have been ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ???????? Stop shooting at her face, let’s listen to her when she says not to shoot her in the face, you humans.

— @O411jm_eternity

Wow ㅠㅠ.. Still, Young Ji works hard; she is a professional…

— @arty_nuy

Another netizen raised concerns about how dangerous this can be for artists.

There were people who went to the hospital because they were shot in the eye; aren’t the safety measures insufficient ,,

— @ssamachi6

Unnie, are your eyes okay?

—  @mbbyeji0050

Although water shooting is meant to be fun, it can be dangerous. Aespa’s Ningning revealed in March that she had eye surgery when she was young and is almost blind in her right eye. For Ningning, having water shot in the eye would be dangerous, so fellow member Winter was constantly seen checking up on her throughout the performance. Also, Ningning performed wearing goggles.

In addition, (G)I-DLE‘s Shuhua once talked about the hardships of performing at WATERBOMB after performing at the event last year. On a live stream, she shared that she was surprised to find out there was so much water involved in the concert.

I just performed at WATERBOMB and I didn’t know we would be in the water like that. I was surprised… I really couldn’t see. I had contact lenses on, and when I opened my eyes, I couldn’t see for like thirty seconds. I told you guys not to go overboard.

— Shuhua

Shuhua shared that even fellow member Soyeon asked audiences not to shoot water in their eyes because they wanted to see the audience—but “it was no use” because people continued to do so anyway.

Another artist affected by the excessive water shooting at WATERBOMB was Jay Park.

Jay Park performing at “WATERBOMB 2022” 

Last year, pictures of Jay Park performing at last year’s WATERBOMB circulated the internet because of how puffy and red his eyes were. Netizens claimed that his eyes looked completely different from the start and end of his set.

Rapper GRAY was also pictured with bloodshot eyes after performing at WATERBOMB 2022.

Having fun is important, but caring for one’s health is more important. Having extra safety measures to prevent artists and audiences from getting injured from the water at future WATERBOMB festivals could ensure everyone’s safety.

Source: @dokgodieinsaeng/Twitter and Wikitree


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