The thing about WINNER is, the members somehow attract as many fan boys as they do fan girls. WINNER is out to prove that boy group fan bases aren’t quite always about the female fans!
The recognition came when WINNER’s May schedule began filling up with college festivals. Fans noticed that WINNER is going to be as busy as a girl group this summer.
Korea University (Sejong), April 30 – Confirmed
Seoul National University, May 3 – Confirmed
Kyunghee University, May 9 – Confirmed
Kangnam University, May (Date TBA) – Confirmed
Halla University, May 31 – Confirmed
Sungkyunkwan University – Not Confirmed
Wonkwang University – Not Confirmed
Hanyang University – Not Confirmed
It is less likely for Korean universities to cast boy groups for festivals, as universities mainly invite girl groups and hip-hop artists. Fans are surprised WINNER has been invited to not just one, but several colleges around Korea.
Fans realized WINNER has a huge fan base, composed of both female and male fans, making this possible.
— jemwichu (@minomial) April 26, 2018
In the video, a male fan is cheering for WINNER‘s Mino as he passes by. Mino reaches out and touches the fan boy’s hand, whose voice trembles in excitement.
At a recent performance in Yangpyeong, Korea, military personnel were spotted holding handmade WINNER signs. It seems WINNER, alongside Korea’s top girl groups, has captivated Korean soldiers’ hearts!
— 위너시티 거주하는 루나누나 (@RUNA_NUNA) April 26, 2018
WINNER’s interactions with male fans have been making their way around social media. Here is a fan boy who came to WINNER’s fan sign event and crowned each of the members with flower hairbands.
170414 위너 상암 팬싸
위너가 남팬을 대하는 자세.mp4 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅌㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/EdEd1Aamtu
— 찬란 (@Holy__MoonLight) April 18, 2017
“He and his girlfriend entered to win tickets to this fan sign together, but only he won. He came, but his girlfriend couldn’t. I asked him if I should sign it for his girlfriend and he flat out turned the idea down. He wanted his name as the autograph. ” — Seungyoon
This fan boy asked Mino to pat him on the head too, like Mino does for his female fans. Mino hesitated for a second, then went on to bless the fan boy.
— 421 (@421live) August 15, 2017
No matter the gender, Mino will always pay back his fans for the love they give him.
2017.04.23. 분당 AK플라자 위너 팬싸
남팬 정말 좋아하는 위너 😀✨
고맙다고 두손 꼬~~옥 잡아주는 미노
남팬 인서 많이 팬싸 응모해주세요 pic.twitter.com/q2XezK1voy
— yog (@yogyog70) April 23, 2017
Watch WINNER rocking a 2017 college festival, where all male and female fans had the time of their lives: