Netizens suspect that during T-ARA‘s stage at the 2015 Dream Concert on May 23rd, the audience boycotted the girl group by turning off their light-sticks and staying silent during the entire duration of T-ARA’s performance.
The suspicions arose after a post with screenshots from the 2015 Dream Concert questioned whether or not the audience intentionally embarrassed T-ARA by doing a “10 minute” to the group.
A “10 minute” is when the audience intentionally embarrasses a singer or group they dislike by turning off their light sticks and staying silent throughout their performance. The audience plans in advance to pull of a “10 minute.”
In the pictures shown by the original poster, only a small section of the large audience had their light sticks on during T-ARA’s stage.
However, other netizens disagreed, saying that no “10 minute” occurred during the 2015 Dream Concert. They point out that the pictures by the original poster don’t show the entire audience, many of whom actually had their light sticks turned on.
One commenter uploaded two different pictures, claiming that there was no almost difference between the light sticks on during EXID’s stage and T-ARA’s stage.
In addition, attendees of the concert commented that they saw many light sticks on, but heard little singing or cheering for the stage because T-ARA sang a Chinese song, which most of the fans were not familiar with.
See what some netizens had to say below:
“Nobody sang along but I did see some light sticks turned on.”
“Even if the crowd wanted to sing along, we couldn’t because they were singing in… Chinese…”
“I saw a lot of light sticks on…”
“Did you actually attend the concert? Or are you judging based on videos? Because while the definition of 10 minute is right, it’s also something that is pre-planned by the audience, which never happened. As someone who actually attended the concert, everyone had their light sticks on and chanted loudly for EXID, SECRET, etc. I do admit that the crowd was quiet during T-ara’s stage but it’s not like their song was as popular as the other groups and I myself didn’t know the song at all so I couldn’t sing along. One thing’s for sure and it’s that not everyone had their light sticks turned off. There was no 10 minute at the Dream Concert.”
“I was at the concert yesterday, everyone had their light sticks on. It’s just that no one knew what their song was so we couldn’t sing along.”
“Everyone on EXO-L’s side had their light sticks on.. I think the picture is just a difference in angles.”
“I was there, nobody cheered for the stage because we didn’t know what their song was. No one purposely turned their light sticks off or chose not to react…”
“People had their light sticks on but they didn’t wave them… and no one cheered for T-ara during the line-up introduction, it’s true. I don’t think the crowd was as dark as the picture shows, though.”
“How are we supposed to sing along to their Chinese song…?”
“A 10 minute is much more planned by fandoms than this. I never heard of talk about a 10 minute for T-ara before the concert.”
“People keep saying that they had their light sticks on but the picture doesn’t show any light… Was it just a portion of the audience?”
– “Sometimes videos don’t catch all of the light.”
– “Well it shows SHINee’s section with their light sticks on, how come only their light was captured..?”
“10 minute is usually an effort by united fandoms… T-ara’s 10 minute was just a result of individuals acting on their own. I was at the concert and people didn’t really cheer for them. At least no one around me did.”