IZ*ONE Fans Write Protest Letter To Agency Saying Miyawaki Sakura & Yabuki Nako Should Not Promote HKT48
IZ*ONE fans are currently unhappy with the girl group’s agency as they have been complaining about how Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako will be performing with HKT48 in an upcoming concert.
Their argument is based on a contractual agreement that is supposed to prohibit IZ*ONE members from getting involved in any other activity outside of the girl group. Off The Record Entertainment responded to the fans by saying that both Japanese members of the group are not promoting outside of IZ*ONE but going as representatives of the group.
Below is what the fans had to say to the agency.
“IZ*ONE’s agency Off The Record explained to us on December 4th through the group’s official fan cafe that Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako will be heading to perform at the HKT 8th anniversary concert as representatives and not for promotional purposes.
However, we the fans find this unacceptable.
We are emphasizing the point that IZ*ONE members have made a promise to be active exclusively on IZ*ONE. HKT’s 8th anniversary has absolutely nothing to do with IZ*ONE.
Despite protests, the agency insisted that Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako were going to the concert as IZ*ONE members. This interpretation is much too convenient for the agency and does not in any way justify the imposed notion that their attendance falls into the category of IZ*ONE activities.
If the same stance is applied to the rest of the IZ*ONE members, there’s no longer any restrictions that would prohibit any of the members from promoting outside of IZ*ONE.
Furthermore, the announcement of Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako appearing on HKT’s 8th anniversary concert came to the fans’ knowledge through HKT’s social media, not IZ*ONE’s official platform. The agency should have notified the fans in advance.
This completely goes against the agency’s claims that Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako’s attendance falls into the category of IZ*ONE activities.
And lastly, Off The Record Entertainment continued to remain silent in the midst of confusion among fans, which could have potentially caused detrimental consequences. It was a disappointment from the fans’ stance.
We fans hope to receive a full feedback from the agency by December 6th 6 PM KST regarding the demands below.
Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako will not attend the HKT 8th anniversary concert.
IZ*ONE members will not take part in any activities irrelevant to IZ*ONE.
The agency will fix their stance on what was announced on December 4th while also clarifying the guidelines on IZ*ONE activities.
Provide proper contact information including phone number, e-mail, fax, and etc.
All activities be announced directly through the official IZ*ONE channels regarding news and activities before other agencies.”