EXO is obviously on another level. You can see it in their repaying supporting on fans, EXO-L.
What is repaying support? What does ‘Tribute back’ mean exactly? To break it down, we should know what ‘Tribute’ from fans means. In Asian culture, where ‘Elders first’ tradition and attitude are considered to be polite and nice, ‘Tribute’ is often understood as a means to show someone’s loyalty for him/her who someone would respect or admire.
K-Pop fans use this word ‘Tribute’ as the meaning of ‘support’ in order to express and emphasize the loyal and passionate love toward idols or bias. For example, ‘Tribute’ can be done by sending the food trucks to shooting scene of idols, ordering lunch boxes or buying snacks for staffs, peers and idols in working places.
To repay fans’ amazing love, some idols or stars do tribute back to fans in the same way. For fans who come to support or cheer idols, idols are willing to buy lunch boxes, snacks and food trucks for fans. How lovely and touching!
EXO members are somewhat warm-hearted. They’ve shown different level of ‘Tribute back’ so far. You can see them, below!
1. 2013 MBC Gayo Daejejeon
Cold Brew + Cookie + Grapefruit Tea (For fans who don’t drink coffee)
Baskin Robbins 500 cups
4. SeHun & ChanYeol & SuHo
Outback Kakadoo Lauch Box + Dunkin Donuts Coffee & Munchkin
5. 2014 ISAC
Chicken + Snacks
Sandwich set + Snacks + Orange juice
7. Lotte World Free Pass 1500 tickets
Popcorn + Coke
9. 2016 “MBC Show! Music Core” pre-recording scene
10. SeHun & BaekHyun
Coffee truck + Tteok-bokki + deep-fried shrimp
11. Kai & XiuMin
Coffee Truck + Rice Cup
Pizza or Sandwich + Drinks + Ice cream
Havenia dulcis tea + Buckwheat noodles
14. D.O & ChanYeol
Coffee Truck + Churros + Spaghetti
Bread + Coffee Truck
Waffle + Coffee Truck
17. Koko Bop Breakfast Set
18. A chicken for a fan + Coke