Ben&Ben might have lit the green a little too early.
Shortly after announcing the name of their official fandom, the Filipino folk-pop act was met with fans around the world stressing how the name "Lights" has already been used by HIGHLIGHT - a K-Pop quartet that debuted under the name Beast in 2009 and continued as HIGHLIGHT from 2017. The group visited Manila in 2010 and 2016. HIGHLIGHT's members are currently undergoing military service.
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Numerous fans took to social media to stress the importance of fandom names in the world of K-Pop—like how BTS stans are called ARMY, BLACKPINK followers are known as Blinks, etc.—and requested Ben&Ben to change the newly found name of their fandom. Ben&Ben previously had a fan-driven community called the Ben&Ben BBs, which dispersed earlier this year.
furthermore, we truly did not realize that it may cause trouble being that Ben&Ben is an OPM band from the Philippines. we hold high respect for K-pop culture and K-pop fandoms.— Ben&Ben (@BenAndBenMusic) September 3, 2020
the band management will settle this matter immediately.
LIGHTs, the official fan club of HIGHLIGHT, took to Twitter to politely air their sentiments about Ben&Ben's announcement from this afternoon (09/03).
#HighlightsLightsFandom was a trending topic on Twitter, an attempt by LIGHTs to get the attention of Ben&Ben to reconsider their newfound fandom name.
“Light" is our fandom name, we've been using this for 3 years now...— dys misses ksoo's hair (눈_눈) (@dysnis) September 3, 2020
Please consider to change your fandom name because "Light" is very meaningful for us fans...
we are "LIGHTS" because of "HIGHLIGHT"
Still our fandom name #HighlightLightsFandom— Ren🌙 Stan Dongkiz👺 (@Bebi_Munik) September 3, 2020
Not #BenAndBenLightsFandom#LIGHTxHIGHLIGHT @BenAndBenMusic @BenAndBenLights@Highlight_AUent https://t.co/qAuaQiZbv6 pic.twitter.com/yKSihx0Nuo
LIGHTS!! ESPECIALLY PH LIGHTS!!!— '◡' A LIGHT OF HIGHLIGHT 💡 (@yyyls_highlight) September 3, 2020
LET'S NOT USE ANY VIOLENCE OR CURSE WORDS TOWARDS THEIR FANS EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE ATTACKING US WITH CURSES RIGHT NOW!!! 😊 let's continue fighting! luv u all 💕 #HighlightLightsFandom 💡
Highlight announced their official fandom name 'Light' more than 3 years ago. You should know how important fandom names are in K-pop culture, so please do consider choosing another fandom name. 🙏🏻#HighlightLightsFandom @Highlight_AUent @BenAndBenMusic @BenAndBenLights pic.twitter.com/MwfPFCsfTG— ✨ highlight's light ✨ (@seoblicious) September 3, 2020
Fans also shared some suggestions for Ben&Ben's official fandom name, including 'Bibingka,' which references their Christmas love song.
@BenAndBenMusic MGA MAMI BAT DI NA LANG "BIBINGKA"??? bilang yun rin naman ang isa sa mga una niyong kanta (sa pagkakaalam ko)— tia🔻🌈✨ (@mooncrystalhall) September 3, 2020
"hello mga bibingka may bago kaming kanta for you" ganern 🥰🥰🥰 https://t.co/1MvpgfCGCr
I think, we can change it to "Ilaw" or "Liwanag" instead of "Lights"?— Jules🌗 (@ivos_bnb_sb19_2) September 3, 2020
LIWANAG OR HIWAGA :(— Pepil | Gluon | (@pepiljinjin) September 3, 2020
ATLEAST THE ESSENCE OF "LIGHTS" IS STILL IN THERE
Ben&Ben heard the cries of LIGHTs online and released a statement, saying they've decided to suspend their chosen fandom name until further notice. "We apologize for the confusion and dismay that this has caused to the parties involved," they write.
LIGHTs showed their thanks by sending messages of gratitude to the band.
Thank you very much, we understand that it must have a special meaning for you, but for us it is since 2017.— Happy Hyunseung Day 🍯 (@BrazilHighlight) September 3, 2020
Thank you again. We wish you luck in everything you do.
Thank you for your reconsideration. We really appreciate it. By the way, I looked up on youtube and got interested in your band! I will look forward to your new music! Wish all the best on your career!— 기다릴게💙두두둡 (@dududooppy) September 3, 2020
thank you so much for hearing us. i hope you do understand why we had to inform you about it even though we know that they are a kpop group far away from us, they still have plenty of fans here. thank you :)— online yan ♡ (@psychedeIique) September 3, 2020
HIGHLIGHT PH, a Twitter account of LIGHTs, thanked the 'Pagtingin' act for listening, writing in a tweet, "Hopefully, you will find a better fandom name that will suit you and your fans and please continue to make high-quality music."
Thank you for listening to LIGHTs @BenAndBenMusic 💡— HIGHLIGHT PH (@HIGHLIGHT_PH) September 3, 2020
Hopefully, you will find a better fandom name that will suit you and your fans and please continue to make high quality music ❤️ https://t.co/EDX216v2aB
Prior to announcing the fandom name Lights, Ben&Ben showed an interest in the world of K-Pop on their ongoing online series BBTV, where they played covers of K-Pop songs from BTS, Seventeen, EXO, NCT DREAM, Red Velvet, and more.
Watch HIGHLIGHT's 'Loved' music video below.