Two boy band members nearly shared a tender kiss on stage, delivering the crowd a moment that just wouldn’t have been accepted in the not-so-distant past.

But was it really that progressive of a move? In multiple videos posted to social media, Park Chan-yeol (also known as Chanyeol) calls fellow EXO member Kim Min-seok (Minseok) over to him.

Chanyeol nuzzles up to Minseok, and Minseok leans in for a kiss. Neither identifies as gay.

Screams can be heard from the crowd as Chanyeol jumps back in shock. Another member of the group, Kim Jong-in (Kai), also jumps back in feigned horror.

“Chanyeol tried to be the confident gay but he became the panicked gay,” wrote one commenter.

Another was more succinct, simply writing: “Gay panic.”

Watch what is either a meaningful step towards mainstream gay acceptance or a tired joke about straight guys almost kissing, below:

https://twitter.com/Hello_0506B/status/1018446722727460865

EXO has experienced a meteoric rise to fame since forming in 2012.

Every year since 2014, the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list has named the band one of the top-five most influential celebrities.

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