Let ‘s Talk About BTS, The Popular South Korean Boy-Band
BTS (Hangeul: 방탄소년단; RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy-band formed in Seoul in 2013.
This boy-band has unique lyrics and music. Generally their music speak about problems happening in daily life, like mental health, self love, individualism, trouble of school-age youth, and feeling of loss. Furthermore, BTS gives their performances with new color from other boy-bands in South Korea. They have already done many tours and get attention from fans all over the world. Let’s read more about the BTS members’ vacation time issue, in this Channel-Korea article!
BTS Members’ Vacation Time
Big Hit Entertainment, BTS’s management company, announced that BTS planning some holiday time. As we know, BTS has been going non-stop for most of the past year, with multiple tours running from Aug. 2018 to April 2019, and then from May 2019 to July 2019. Therefore, it was logical that they got some break time, which is their first-ever break since the group debuted in 2013.
In the letter that Big Hit Entertainment shared on their official social media, it was saying,
“This period will be an opportunity for the members of BTS … to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” the letter reads. “This will also provide them with a chance to enjoy the ordinary lives of young people in their 20s, albeit briefly.”
The letter suggests that each member of the band would spend their time off in different ways, and it makes one request of fans: just let them be. “Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off.”
BTS fans, known as ARMY, are numerous, fanatic, and they really love BTS. This fandom love is a pure one, they give respect respect to BTS members and their privacy. It is so rarely compared to other fan bases.
The letter didn’t say explicitly when the band would return, but the next show on Big Hit’s official schedule was the October 11 performance in Saudi Arabia.
BTS Jimin’s Vacation Video and Photo Leak
While BTS was on vacation, many fans expressed their concerns that Jimin was being stalked, since some video was leaked that showed Jimin was in France. Fans became anxious about Jimin being followed while he vacationed in Paris. Although Big Hit Entertainment asked fans to give the members of BTS privacy while they vacationed, photos and videos of Jimin in Paris were leaked online. The photos and videos of Jimin strolling around Paris spread throughout Twitter. There are also videos of Jimin in a club and pub, which were also released. Furthemore, Jimin also vacationed in Russia with friends, and a group of fans found him on the street and ran to him for autographs. Photos of Jimin walking through the streets with friends, eating, and waiting in the airport were also leaked online.
Eventually, other BTS members also traveled to public places during their vacation, but Jimin’s location was leaked the most. BTS fans assumed that there might be a stalker behind Jimin.
Here’s some comments and opinions from BTS fans on social media:
A fan wrote in a Twitter thread, “Jimin was targeted, Jin went to a k-world festa concert where there are cameras yet nothing of him. Joon has been POSTING pics of him everywhere and there are people in the background and no one is taking pics of him. Suga went home, hobi was in L A and no one found him anywhere…” .
“How hard is it to the leave members alone during their vacation most specifically jimin first the paris situation, him being followed in hawaii and now he got mobbed by 40 people in russia who also collectively stalked him down? im honestly starting to believe he’s being followed,” a fan tweeted.
Fan tweeted, “Jimin is getting stalked & followed again while he’s on a friends trip in russia…when will y’all ever give him the privacy he deserves as an ordinary human being? why can’t u guys respect him as much as u respect the other members?”
“… HE IS NOT FOR US. WE ARE FANS AND HE IS THE IDOL. WE. ARE. NOT. THEIR. FRIENDS. OR. THEIR. LOVERS,” wrote a fan on Twitter..
“Now that Jimin showed us that he’s really in Paris, DO NOT EVER TRY TO FIND HIM. If you ever encounter him there, all you have to do is to close your eyes and pretend you don’t know him,” wrote a Twitter user.
Other Member Issues
On September 17, Jungkook was involved in dating rumors with tattoo artist Lee Mijoo. Jungkook visited the place in Geojae-do where tattoo artist Lee Mijoo and other workers were staying. Footage from this day shows Jungkook giving like a warm back hug to the tattoo artist. It was leaked online, causing fans to question whether the two were dating.
Big Hit Entertainment’s Response
Big Hit Entertainment has reportedly taken legal action and sued the party responsible for leaking CCTV footage of Jungkook that was taken during his personal vacation time. According to a report by YTN, the agency is suing the source of the leaked footage, with charges of violation of the Personal Information Protection Act.
The tattoo artist also had a response to rumors that Jungkook has her initials tattooed on his hand. She said, “I would like to once again state that it’s absolutely not true that I’m dating Jungkook or that I tattooed my initials on him. We’re simply close friends, and I am very apologetic as it seems fans were extremely hurt in addition to myself and people around me. I will not say anything further. I’d just like to make it clear that I wasn’t ignoring or disregarding everything.”
Also after the happenings in Paris, BTS fans asked people to follow Big Hit Entertainment’s announcement and give Jimin privacy while he was in vacation.
BTS was coming to the MNet Asian Music Awards 2019, at the Nagoya Dome in Japan. BTS succesfully won Daesanng in four categories, which were Artist of the Year, Album of The Year, through their album Map of the Soul: Persona, Song of The Year, with “Boy With luv”, and Worldwide Icon of the Year.
BTS also won 5 other awards, which were Best Male Group, Favorite Dance Performance, Best Music Video, Best Dance Performance Male Group, and Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10.
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