The Idol Star Athletics Championships (commonly shortened to ISAC) is a popular broadcast that most fans were excited to see return after a two-year break for the pandemic. But other fans had hoped that ISAC would stop airing because of the danger that the show often poses to idols.
In fact, before the 2022 ISAC, Stray Kids‘ fans voiced their displeasure with the already-busy idols having to take time out of their schedules to attend the broadcast, risking further injury.
Yuehua Entertainment, the agency of TEMPEST, EVERGLOW, and Lee Do Hyun, also went viral for their warning post to fans, wanting to ensure that true fans of the artists were treated fairly.
Over the years, more experienced groups have often shown cavalier attitudes towards the broadcast, which are known for being challenging to endure. And although ISAC has never made an official announcement about these groups being banned, fans like to joke that these three groups, in particular, broke ISAC‘s rules, resulting in them being “banned.”
1. MONSTA X
MONSTA X attended the 2020 ISAC despite having performed at the Jingle Ball the day before the broadcast was filmed.
Although MONSTA X was genuinely excited to see their fans in the audience…
KYUN WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE MONBEBE’S WHEN THEY FINALLY FOUND THEM IM CRYING I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. pic.twitter.com/cYdl9RfO9g
— Salem! 🌱 saw mx 5/21 (covid arc) (@tropicaljoo) December 16, 2019
The group arrived late to the event, missing the press conference, leaving fans convinced that the group didn’t want to be there.
Minhyuk told their fans that they should leave early, as soon as MONSTA X participated in the archery event. But, despite their lack of preparation, MONSTA X shockingly made it into the finals.
minhyuk earlier told mbbs to go home right after archery but now that they won, he asked mbbs to wait a little longer 😂 https://t.co/EGhno9BcKo
— 네타 'ᴗ' (@514memories) December 16, 2019
mx plotting mx finding out
how to leave they got into finals
ISAC early https://t.co/dOYN47KRXG
— V (@9YUVENCHY) December 16, 2019
The group also took many photos at the event despite ISAC‘s rules that idols are not allowed to spoil the broadcast before it airs.
monsta x trying to get banned from isac every year by breaking the rules and taking and posting photos and spoilers but still getting invited every year https://t.co/zpKWDIPlvC pic.twitter.com/LxQ0NlPEfZ
— 미나 أمينة 🌻🐋🐻 🇰🇷-9 (@lostinminhyuk) August 7, 2021
MONSTA X’s fans at the filming saw how much the group wanted to go home and even tried to help by releasing their own spoilers.
스포 다 했으니까 담에 몬엑 부르지마…
— 빛나는뀬💜 (@bnnk96) December 16, 2019
We gave spoilers so don’t call MONSTA X next time.
Much like with MONSTA X, fans were hopeful that GOT7 would be able to stop attending ISAC after both Jinyoung and Jackson received alarming injuries that affected their international promotions.
Like MONSTA X, GOT7 took multiple pictures during ISAC filming, including this iconic group selfie.
Fans like to joke that this selfie was why GOT7 was banned from ISAC, as they haven’t attended since.
the photo that got got7 banned from isac pic.twitter.com/Jc1Hho1m3F
— nagi enjoyer first. human second. ➿ (@xviimaru) August 1, 2022
Fans are even joking that JYP Entertainment‘s Stray Kids are trying to follow in GOT7’s footsteps after taking group selfies of their own.
The way got7 got banned from isac bc they took selcas and skz are doing the exact same thing oh they really want to get banned I’m crying pic.twitter.com/Q9m68O7TuN
— Syrio MIXTAPE TIMEOUT (@SandorTechmaker) August 1, 2022
The general understanding of why BTS stopped attending ISAC is because of their incredibly busy schedules and possibly an alleged disagreements between HYBE and MBC.
But BTS’s fans have often boasted about BTS being “banned” from ISAC because of many spoilers they shared before the broadcast was released. In addition to uploading a lot of pictures…
RM and V both tweeted big spoilers about what they’d filmed.
괜찮아 연습때보다 잘했어 우리아미가 노력하는모습 봤음 난 만족해… 만족해… 만흐어어어어우우엉어ㅓㅇ어어어ㅓ엉어우어엉 pic.twitter.com/yQIAUYX7BT
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) January 16, 2017
It’s okay, we did better than we did during practice. If our ARMYs saw us working hard then I’m satisfied… satisfied… satisfwaAAAHHHHHhHHhHHhhHH
우리 멤버들이 강추해 나가게 된 계주.. 덕분에 런닝머신 빼고 중학생 때 이후로 처음 뛰어봤네여.. 너무 고마운 우리 멤버들.. 너무 고맙고.. 그래도 즐거웠어여. 우리 응원해준다고 오늘 고생 많았습니다 ㅠㅠ ♥️♥️고마워요! pic.twitter.com/UVDvH0BBPg
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) January 16, 2017
As the members strongly recommended it, I ended up participating in the relay.. thanks to them this was the first time I’ve run since middle school, not counting the treadmill.. I’m so thankful to my members..very thankful.. still I enjoyed myself. You’ve had a tough time today cheering us on ㅠㅠ ♥️♥️ Thank you!
Because BTS actually broke the rules by posting spoilers before the broadcast aired, fans have fun joking that the group got banned even though ISAC has never confirmed the suspicion.
— ⁷ (@tummytaes) January 16, 2017
Notably, while still active, all three groups were not present at the 2022 ISAC filming. But it’s more likely that it had to do with busy schedules than the groups actually being banned.