So I’m sure you all were secretly wondering how Chris Lee won the “Best Worldwide Act” award at the MTV EMA’s (Well maybe not so secretly judging from how many people e-mail me asking how she won).
For a worldwide act, not many people have heard of her, and her music video view count doesn’t reach nearly as high as EXO’s, One Direction’s, or Justin Bieber’s view counts. So what’s going on?
Well apparently netizens were wondering the same thing, and of course we know the powerful investigative skills they possess.
What these netizens discovered was a cheating scheme.
Chris Lee’s fans used bots to help her win the award.
But the thing is, even with Chris Lee’s fanbase using the bot, it would still be difficult for them to compete against the monstrously huge fanbases that EXO, One Direction, and Justin Bieber have…
So in order to secure their win, they decided to trick EXO fans into helping them out too.
The hackers disguised the bot to make it look like it was made to vote for EXO. They called the bot “EXOEMA1.0“.
These hackers created fake accounts and convinced gullible EXO fans to use the bot “to vote for EXO”. The bot became widespread, and even fanbases started spreading the bot around.
What these fans didn’t realize was that even though this bot was called EXOEMA1.0, it was actually programmed to vote for Chris Lee instead.
So you have EXO’s huge fanbase in China using this bot — a bot that votes 100 times, changes IP addresses, votes again, and repeats the process over and over again — and it’s no wonder why Chris Lee became a shoe-in to win “Best Worldwide Act” at the MTV EMAs.
EXO’s fanbases in China discovered the bot’s real actions and tried to convince everyone to stop using it, but at that point it was already too late.
We’ve contacted MTV about this situation and provided them with all of the evidence. We’ll update you when they respond back.
Chances are, MTV won’t take back the award from Chris Lee, but perhaps for the EMAs next year, they’ll amp up security to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
But let’s consider this a good lesson. Don’t use dishonest methods to help EXO, or any of your favorite K-Pop groups to win. I wished that the Chinese fans knew that they didn’t have to resort to dirty methods to help EXO win. With EXO’s super-large fanbase, they probably would have won by using honest methods anyway.
Update: So some are you are asking when I e-mailed them. I e-mailed them a couple of hours ago, and since it’s barely 9:00AM over there in Amsterdam right now, I probably won’t get a response for another 4-12 hours. We’ll see. As for what I sent in. I sent in the pictures below, some of the accounts it was linked to, and I sent them the actual bot as well, which contains all of the information to show that cheating did in fact happened.
They can dissect the bot for themselves, and if they cross-reference the IPs in the pictures below, they should notice some suspicious activity going on in the votes (bots usually leave patterns). As for EXO getting the “Best Worldwide Act” award, that will be highly unlikely for many reasons: One of them being that EXO fans were involved in this, and another being that it would be in poor taste for any awards ceremony to take back an award, especially since in this case, it wasn’t Chris Lee’s fault.
Sources: Wishes to stay anonymous