Every year on their artists’ debut anniversaries, companies tend to release special merchandise to celebrate and commemorate the special milestone. But SM Entertainment just released their merchandise for EXO‘s big 7 year anniversary and nobody is quite sure how to react.
This year, a number of different goods were introduced ranging from keychains and pendants to trophies and mugs.
But where keychains and pendants were relatively normal offerings, SM Entertainment also introduced…metal straws!
Yes, metal straws!
There are 9 straws in total with each of the member’s names engraved onto them and each one comes with its own EXO pouch and cleaning kit.
When fans first stumbled upon this specific product, they weren’t too sure how to react. Some fans weren’t in love with the metal straws.
sm: what do you want for your 7th anniversary
exo: fair treatment and promotion!
sm: so here’s a trophy and some straws pic.twitter.com/hmGUo4SdMB
— markhyuck au 📌 (@pwarkitjisung) April 7, 2019
SM is selling metal straws so they can complete EXO-ls being thirsty for EXO. Wth 😒
— 네 . 팔 . 십이 (@four8twelve) April 7, 2019
Some fans even criticized SM Entertainment for releasing them as they felt like it was merely a marketing strategy rather than something special to help celebrate their debut anniversary.
sm selling metal exo straws with the members names on it like u cant fucking buy the exact same shit on wish for fucking pennies 😭😭😭 im laughing
— ᴬᴺᴳᴱᴸ || persona !! (@axenlika) April 8, 2019
Last night, my friend send me this.
So exo decided to sell stainless straw with exo's member name on it. Sell for 200k worth. I choose to buy 4 cup of starbucks instead im sorry pic.twitter.com/9iWeVDUoWB
— 7 YEARS WITH EXO👑 (@hunjaeji) April 8, 2019
Although there were many fans who were not impressed with the straws, there were many more who thought it was a brilliant idea. Some fans thought the item was practical and good for the environment.
sm selling stainless straws with EXO's member names on it is actually an upgrade y'all sm finally doing something good for once i'm proud pic.twitter.com/A5lbhyqAwR
— rena (@suckernova) April 8, 2019
An entertainment company really needs to target the market and start selling branded reusable boba cups. They’d make a million and help the environment. I’m just sayin. SM had the right idea with the exo straws 🤷🏻♀️
— 휜색 bitch (@hwinsaekbitch) April 7, 2019
for exo's 7th anniversary, sm decided to sell metal straws shsdgdhsh we stan pic.twitter.com/uGKyMNtH3N
— meiko (@yoreearsen) April 8, 2019
Others thought they were actually quite pretty and expressed that they wanted to buy them.
— rosch (@heyjaebum) April 8, 2019
i'm getting exo's metal straws ,
— cuntyhide (@huntyhide) April 7, 2019
I kinda want the Exo metal straw and maybe the charm thing but it’s probably too expensive and I’ve already bought too much things this year pic.twitter.com/eTjT8nWlV9
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@exoo_vote) April 8, 2019
And although fans aren’t in 100% agreement over the product, they are in agreement to wish EXO a very happy 7 year anniversary! And here’s to many more spectacular years with them too!