Media outlet Access was able to reunite fans and nonfans of MONSTA X with their recent interview with the group; they were the only Kpop act to perform at “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018” which was held at the popular Madison Square Garden in New York City.

What caused the outrage was simple, fans and nonfans weren’t happy by the way the interviewer did their job with MONSTA X and how she diverted attention from them to BTS when the interview was supposed to be about them.

In the first minute of the short interview, the interviewer asks MONSTA X about their feelings for performing at “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018,” Jooheon proceeds to say that they’re making history and the members nod in agreement, they’re the first Kpop group to perform at the yearly event.

However, the interviewer soon redirect the attention from them to BTS by mentioning their Grammy nomination, the members were asked if they had known about the Grammy nomination, the members were shocked and then congratulated BTS.

What made Kpop fans even more outraged was that the interview wasn’t properly titled, it was titled “Monsta X Are So Excited to Learn BTS Got A Grammy Nom” which seems to undermine the accomplishments of the group and refocus on BTS.

Fans of MONSTA X, as well as nonfans, flooded the comment section of the YouTube video to voice their opinions and criticism of the outlet for their interview.

As of this writing, the YouTube video of the interview has more than 9.6K dislikes.

You can check out the video of the interview below:

What do you think of this?

My Thoughts

I watched the interview which was cringeworthy, to be honest!

Since I also talk about news and cover such stuff I under the clickbate behind it but in this case I strongly disagree with the way it was carried out, the whole thing.

The “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018” performance was a big milestone to the group and this was what the interview was supposed to be about, its okay to ask about BTS and then lead to other questions but its not nice to ask about BTS and then title the video to center around another group when MONSTA X were talking about how happy they were to perform at the yearly event…..

I am not a fan of MONSTA X and a casual fan of BTS, but man that was awful. I think the more Kpop artists try to break into America the more news and media outlets reference BTS.

That won’t be bad from their side (most of the time) because people who are not familiar with Kpop associate Kpop with BTS. It becomes an issue when they use the interview opportunity not to shed light on the particular group but to shed it on BTS and use the power of BTS fandom to their benifit because we all know BTS bring views, anything BTS brings views.

I have a feeling that this wont be the last time we hear of Kpop fans being angry with a Western news outlet for disrespecting a kpop group referencing BTS.

I feel sorry for MONSTA X!!!