A new Kpop girl group will be debuting later this year by the newly established AMX Entertainment. However, this new Kpop girl group raised public concerns due to their 12-year-old member, Kim Ha Eun.
12-Year-Old Member of New Kpop Girl Group Raised Public Concerns
The newly established AMX Entertainment company is preparing for the debut of their very first girl group this year, temporarily known as AMX NEWKIDS.
˗ˏˋ NEWS ˎˊ˗— nugu promoter (@nugupromoter) March 25, 2021
[‼️] AMX Entertainment has announced that the trainees who will debut will be voted by staff in April!
The group name and concept has already been decided and will be announced later in an article. pic.twitter.com/IJjWyOvF1A
AMX NEWKIDS have posted a Dance Cover of GFRIEND'S 'Crush'— nugu promoter (@nugupromoter) May 14, 2021
Previously, in May 2021, AMX Entertainment had announced the first member of the new Kpop girl group, named Hyejin. She was born in early 2002, which means she is now 19 years old and around the same age as many other rookies debuting this year.
AMX Entertainment has revealed the first member of their new girl group, Hyejin Kim!— nugu promoter (@nugupromoter) May 25, 2021
She was born January 5th, 2002 and her position is dancer and sub vocal! pic.twitter.com/PCnqROpRje
The public started to raise concerns when AMX Entertainment announced the second member of the new Kpop girl group, Kim Ha Eun.
AMX Entertainment has announced the 2nd member of their new girl group, Haeun Kim— nugu promoter (@nugupromoter) June 17, 2021
She is a dancer and sub vocalist and was born September 4th, 2008. pic.twitter.com/8ZLOH18pme
Kim Ha Eun, 12-Year-Old Member of AMX NEWKIDS
She was a child model and a Kdrama extra. Furthermore, she can also play multiple musical instruments, including guitar and piano. And to complete the package, she is gorgeous and knows taekwondo.
So, what’s the problem? It’s her age. Kim Ha Eun was born in September 2008, meaning that now she is still 12 years old.
The middle schooler will be the dancer in the new Kpop girl group and had been reportedly trained for two years. It means that Kim Hae Eun started training in the Idol industry when she was only 10 years old.
While it may be true that there are rookies who debuted at the age of 14 and 15 years old, having a child debuted before hitting their teenage years is deemed too preposterous.
Other possible young members of AMX NEWKIDS besides Kim Ha Eun are Minju (13 years old), Seoyoon (14 years old), and Gaeun (16 years old).
# [News] Keep your eyes open for AMX NEWKIDS! They will be recording their pre-debut song this month, open a Twitter account on the 11th, and will decide the members for the debut group in December pic.twitter.com/XxzYxgZ8oI— Underrated & Rookies (@underratedkpopp) November 6, 2020
Kpop Fans Calling to Stop Debuting Children
The news of AMEX NEWKIDS Kim Ha Eun’s debut in her 12 years old of age shocked the public, and it’s not in a positive way.
A 12-year-old member is considered too young to be ready for the mentally challenging Kpop industry, even when she’s the group’s maknae. Fans are worried that debuting in such a young age will not be good for the girl’s mental and physical health. Therefore, they believe that the company should “free” Kim Ha Eun.
She is starting a career at the age of 12 in an industry that s3xualizes people (including minors) and many people in this industry that join to fulfil their dreams end up being mistr3ated. I am genuinely worried for her future and for her mental and physical health— Bob Yang's left cheekbone (@breadcheekbones) June 18, 2021
NO, SHE'S 12. SHE AIN'T EVEN A TEEN YET. WTF AMX ENTERTAINMENT?! FREE HER ASAP!!— meejin 🏛 (@hees0uler) June 18, 2021
PLEASEEE STOP DEBUTING CHILDREN PLEASE THEYRE NOT READY FOR THIS INDUSTRY https://t.co/mfPPxj2pbD— ☀️👑 (@rolIingirls) June 17, 2021
Kim Ha Eun’s skill is excellently exhibited in the following video of AMX NEWKIDS performing (G)I-DLE‘s “Luv U” cover. She is the dancer who’s wearing a red jacket and starts the song in the center. Indeed, she has fascinating talents that are on par with other idols. Still, the public believes that Kim Ha Eun shouldn’t be debuting at such a young age.
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