While it can be hard to take group shots of particularly large K-Pop acts, the South Korean media should have little trouble capturing Aespa‘s four members together in one shot. However, fans say the press seems to be repeatedly omitting Giselle from the group—and they’re not happy.
All four aespa members are becoming more popular with every comeback. This month, Giselle ranked no.5 out of all female idols on the brand reputation ranking, while Karina, Winter, and Ningning ranked 1st, 4th, and 7th respectively. However, while fans and the general public alike have been showing love for each member’s charms, one seems to be continually forgotten when it comes to press pictures.
The recent 2021 Dream Concert was the final straw for many frustrated MYs—the name of aespa’s fanbase. All the members looked stunning in their red-carpet outfits, and many media outlets did capture the quartet’s beauty well.
However, when the camera zoomed in to give the girls a closeup, Giselle was cut out of the frame.
the way giselle was mentioned but she wasnt even in the frame💀 https://t.co/mlOgXEqGHQ
— andi🌙 (@reveaeri) June 26, 2021
While this could have been forgiven as an accidental error if it was an isolated incident, fans say this isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, Giselle has repeatedly been left out of press photos of the group.
In the worst incidence so far, the main rapper’s face was actually blurred out of a picture entirely.
Photographers from several outlets presumably mistook her for an employee or a member of the public. At last year’s SBS Gayo Daejeon, the network also chose to upload solo photos of all the members to their Instagram account—except Giselle.
The omissions even continued at the recent Dream Concert, with some news outlets choosing to post photos of Karina, Winter, and Ningning only.
And sadly, the problem doesn’t only affect press photos—it also extends to aespa’s television appearances. Not only was Giselle’s individual talent segment cut from Weekly Idol in May, her singing cover was also cut from Knowing Bros this month despite being used as a promotional clip in a teaser for the episode.
i know this is an snsd song 😭 pic.twitter.com/8bFumnQHdZ
— aine (@aerinzhy) May 29, 2021
Unsurprisingly, numerous fans are upset and angry at just how many times Giselle has been othered by the media for no clear reason.
this shit is happening way too often like seriously how many times do i have to witness her being disrespected like this and for k-medias to stop acting like aespa is a 11 members group when they are only four and g was literally RIGHT THERE https://t.co/r8Zqbza1WJ
— ً (@aeriseIle) June 26, 2021
they’ve been doing this to her since the VERY beginning it makes me so upset https://t.co/jvLZjZieYT
— k (@jieqsomi) June 26, 2021
Across Twitter, MYs are tagging #RESPECTGISELLE and #aespa_is_FOUR to make a statement.
— GISELLE BAR (@CHINAGISELLEBAR) June 26, 2021
Fans have been attempting to get through to media outlets about the issue since December to no avail. Now, many are hoping this will be a final wake-up call to include Giselle along with the other members.