Lotte Duty Free recently announced a special EXO event that will be held in China, but their announcement has come with some major backlash thanks to the photo included in the promotion.
Within a few moments of first seeing the announcement, EXO-Ls realized there was a huge problem with the photo included on the poster. The picture they used was a whole lot different from the ones fans remembered.
The original photo was from a photoshoot back in 2017 and included Lay in it.
While many fans understand why Lay wouldn’t have been included in the photo…
we all know that yixing is unable to promote with the rest of exo due to thaad but the fact that lotte used an old ot9 picture and edited yixing out is unacceptable. disrespectful is an understatement. they could have used any other ot8 picture. what would they stoop this low?
— irene (@addictivejongin) January 22, 2019
They are calling the company out for their decision to use this particular photo and then edit him out.
Lotte Duty Free edited Yixing out here gosh such a disrespcet pic.twitter.com/zD2RBfgaJs
— jinxkyuala (@real_kazzyyyy) January 22, 2019
LOTTE DUTY FREE really had the audacity to erase Yixing out of a pic for an event for Chinese fans. Wtf? Just use another one with 8 of them if Yixing cannot attend. pic.twitter.com/CGJG5xu8lU
— ले की लैला (@exoisweird) January 22, 2019
Many fans have also been pointing out that they simply could have used a different photo that Lay hadn’t appeared in.
Lotte really edited yixing out of an ot9 pic. This is so disgusting. There are tons of pics where he isn't there but they decided to disrespect him. Srsly wtf
— prachi || rt pinned please (@ineffable_kai) January 22, 2019
Wow!! Lotte really have the audacity to crop Yixing out when they could just use recent ot8 pictures. What are they doing? The disrespect.
— yna (@sarryna_) January 22, 2019
I get Yixing can’t promote and be there but that Lotte photo is so uglydkbddjke they could have just used a picture without him instead of erasing him
— lizard (@godIybbh) January 22, 2019
While it is unclear whether the company will make changes to their event poster, fans are sincerely hoping that they won’t do something like this in the future.