Yup, you read that title right! A Netizen has petitioned to the blue house to have Jungkook Cultural Merit Medal revoked because of the Itaewon outing controversy and a couple of thousands have actually signed it.
On May 18, Dispatch reported that BTS’s Jungkook, Seventeen’s Mingyu, NCT’s Jaehyun, and ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo visited Itaewon clubs on April 25.
It was the same day the government issued an order for people to practice social distancing, Jungkook was said to have tested negative for COVID-19 and was self-isolating.
Big Hit has released an official statement on the matter confirming that he indeed visited Itaewon with his friends on April 25; they also said that his test results came out negative and that he’s deeply regretting his actions.
Apparently, one netizen was still dissatisfied with the statement because they posted a petition on the Blue House petition website asking the government to revoke the cultural Merit medal he was awarded as a BTS member.
The award is only given to the most prestige individuals who successfully raise awareness for the Korean culture. BTS were awarded that in 2018.
The petition is titled “Please withdraw BTS Jungkook’s Order Of Cultural Merit.” The petitioner claims that Jungkook’s actions ignore the “efforts of the people and medical staff who have worked to overcome Corona so far,” and that it doesn’t match the purpose of the medal given to those who contributed and raised awareness about the country.
In the first hours, the petition attracted a couple of thousands of signatures, fans are not happy about the news and labeled the netizens who posted this petition a ‘hater, and an ‘anti.’
Many believe this is an extreme stretch and that Jungkook shouldn’t be criticized this much for the Itaewon outing controversy.
What do you think of this?