Indie label Magic Strawberry Sound fell into hot soup recently when a fan of 10cm‘s Jungyeol had accused the company of using her fanmade event cup holders as an ashtray. The company’s building has an outside seating area where employees can smoke and enjoy a break.
The fan, @10thing_about_u was alerted to the fact that the company had used her cup holders as ashtrays for the building. The cup holders were provided as ashtrays for outside seating. The fan alleged that the company had gladly received the cup holders from her, claiming that they had been in need of more cups.
However, she was shocked to hear that her precious work had been used in such a disrespectful way.
The fan posted a lengthy message about the matter and tagged the company.
정열님의 생일 이벤트를 위해 준비한 종이컵 중 일부를 매직스트로베리사운드에 전달하였습니다.
사내에 종이컵이 필요하다고, 잘 쓰겠다고 말씀하셔서 자유롭게 쓰이길 바랐습니다.
하지만 종이컵이 재떨이로 쓰이고 있는 것을 제보 받아 사진으로 확인하였습니다. pic.twitter.com/HrIl99y8Rn
— 𝟙𝟘 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 (@10thing_about_u) March 9, 2022
I had passed on a portion of the paper cups that were prepared for Jungyeol’s birthday event to Magic Strawberry Sound. They had claimed they needed cups inside the office and said they would use it well so I hoped that they would be able to use it freely. But as I received a tipoff that the cups were being used as ashtrays, I confirmed the matter through photos. Although it’s correct that I had hoped for them to use it freely, I was taken aback at the cups, which a fan and creator had made with love and time, were being used in such a way. Also, I think it is not a sign of respect to the artist, that they use the cups with the artist’s face on them as ashtrays. I’m writing this in hope that such saddening matters will not happen again. All we want is basic manners to the fans and artist. Thanks for reading the long post.
Many fans have expressed their disappointment about the matter. Magic Strawberry Sound has not yet released a statement.