SM Entertainment has canceled its annual Halloween party in the wake of the Itaewon tragedy. The agency had planned to stream the red carpet event live for the first time this year. However, SM canceled both the livestream and the party following the Halloween rush of Itaewon, which reportedly killed at least 151 people.
The official statement read:
“We inform you that the live broadcast of the red carpet “SMTOWN WONDERLAND 2022″, which was scheduled to be live streamed today for free for members of KWANGYA CLUB ACE on the global platform Beyond LIVE for about an hour starting at 18:15, has been broadcast canceled.”
The agency explained the reason for the cancellation of the event and asked the fans for their understanding.
Other events, comebacks and broadcasts were postponed after the Itaewon tragedy in South Korea
After news of the Itaewon rush broke, prompting the announcement of a period of mourning in the country, many other events, comebacks and broadcasts in South Korea were canceled and postponed.
Woolim Entertainment has postponed the release and presentation of DRIPPIN’s forthcoming full-length album. Villian: The endwhich was originally supposed to fall on November 1st. On the other hand, YG Entertainment issued a statement announcing the shifting of their schedules:
“We have decided to temporarily postpone the action schedule and release dates for our artists. We will also announce the detailed schedules.”
Similarly, JYP Entertainment has delayed Xdinary Heroes’ second mini-album. overload. The release was scheduled for November 4th.
Artists like APINK’s Jung Eun-ji and Yong Junghyung have delayed the release of their upcoming albums. protocol and LONER respectively. Kim Jaejoong has also canceled his concert in Japan at his request. Kim’s agency shared a statement ahead of the concert, which read:
“Two hours before the concert, we canceled Kim Jaejoong’s Nagoya concert at the artist’s request.”
The Itaewon tragedy has shaken the whole country
On November 29, during Halloween celebrations in the Itaewon area of Seoul, a large rush of crowds caused a stampede that resulted in the deaths of at least 151 people, many of whom were seriously injured.
This was the first Halloween event in Seoul after three years of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. Many partygoers wore masks and could be found near the clubs, according to officials. A participant told Reuters that ten times more people than usual stayed in the Itaewon area during the Halloween celebrations.
On October 30, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced a period of national mourning, noting:
“A tragedy and a disaster that should not have happened happened in the heart of Seoul last night.”
He expressed his deepest condolences to the victims, most of whom were young adults and teenagers, and prayed for a speedy recovery for those injured.