BTS and RM have recently gone under fire for RM’s speech at the annual Van Fleet Award ceremony which was held on October 7 online.
The Korea society holds an annual award show and it was first established in 1995 to award figures and organizations that have contributed to the Korea-U.S. relationship. BTS accepted an award and each member delivered a thank you speech, RM’s speech got attention and severe backlash from Chinese netizens.
RM said in English,
“The Korea Society’s 2020 Annual Gala is especially meaningful, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women. After 70 years, the world we are living in is much closer than before. Boundaries in many aspects are getting more blurred. As members of the global community, we should build a deeper understanding and solidarity to be happier together. In pursuit of this cause, BTS will always remind ourselves of the meaning of the Van Fleet award and keep doing our best in all that we do. Thank you very much.”
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The issue stems from this part ‘the sacrifices of countless men and women,’ Chinese netizens believe that RM was being disrespectful towards Chinese soldiers’ sacrifices in that war and is being dismissive of what happened to China. Many also claim he put down China with his speech.
To give a history background on the topic, China sided with North Korea along with the Soviet Union at the time. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives were lost in the Korean War. This topic is sensitive in China and is rarely brought up.
Chinese ARMY believe that RM’s speech was problematic and affected the entire group. On Weibo, the biggest social media platform in China, one of the popular BTS search terms is ‘BTS insults China/the Chinese.’
Chinese netizens fired back with comments asking BTS to leave China and stop making money off of Chinese fans, comments like ‘get out of China,’ and ‘leave’ are repeated on Weibo.
On the other hand, other BTS fans don’t understand why this has become such a huge issue in China when RM never brought up China to begin with. You also have some Chinese ARMY who are getting attacked by other ARMYs of different nationalities for publicly expressing their disappointment with BTS.
Big Hit Entertainment has yet to issue an official statement on the issue.
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