BTS: why Chinese fans propose to boycott k-pop band’s next album and some brands withdraw their support

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One of its members made a statement about the Korean War that was taken as “a slap in the face” and reached the authorities of the Asian country’s government.

Chinese nationalists criticize South Korean boy band BTS for a statement by singer RM who thanked the Korean War veterans

Chinese nationalists They erupted in anger at the South Korean band BTS after their leader thanked the veterans of the Korean war for their sacrifices. The statements updated an old conflict and provoked a response from the Chinese authorities.

The singer known as RM made the statement in a prerecorded speech within the framework of the delivery of an award from the Korean Society for promoting relations between Korea and the United States. “Forever we will remember the story of pain that our two nations share and the sacrifices of countless men and women, “RM said in the speech, without mentioning China.

“After 70 years, the world we live in is much more united than before. Borders in many respects are blurring“said RM.” As members of the world community, we should have greater understanding and solidarity to be happier together, “he added.

Chinese internet users and state media took RM’s comments as a slap for china, whose soldiers fought alongside North Korean forces in their failed attempt to annex South Korea in the 1950-53 war. They accused RM of ignoring the role of China in war, which the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda blamed on the United States.

“Before I thought some BTS songs were pretty good. Now they seem to be covered in excrement “said a commentator on the Sina Weibo microblogging service, saying that “insulting China is absolutely prohibited.”

An account titled “BTS Insulta a China” it had more than 4.5 million views this morning, according to Sina Weibo. “Many Chinese netizens pointed out that the speech is flattering for US netizens, but the country played an aggressor role in the war, “published the Global Times newspaper, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

The attacks reflect Beijing’s steadfastness with foreign countries, and how delicate everything related to the Korean peninsula is for China. Asked about the controversy, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign MinistryZhao Lijian said: “It should be our common interest to take history as a mirror, face the future, celebrate peace and promote friendship.”

The ruling party uses the controlled press by the state to arouse anger against foreign companies, celebrities or governments that take actions that displease Beijing.

Last year, Chinese state television suspended broadcasts of NBA games after the general manager of the Houston Rockets expressed his support for the anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Broadcasts resumed this week.

Chinese fan groups on the internet demanded an apology from BTS and they called boycott your next album and promotional events. Related products BTS they were not available in Samsung Electronics’ online stores and neither was FILA sports brand on Chinese trading sites such as TMall and Alibaba Group’s JD.com.

BTS has yet to respond, but South Korean fans reacted annoyed at the criticism of the band. “BTS fans are from all over the world, so the harassment from China will be known to all countries that participated in the Korean War,” said Johnny Kim, a South Korean engineer.

The lawsuit arose days after the debut of the company that manages BTS’s career, Big Hit Entertainment, on the stock exchange. Hong Kong’s most prominent dissident, Joshua Wong, instead criticized Beijing for “provoking unfounded anger and division.”

“There are still many veterans of the Korean War in the world, including those from the United States, so It is not reasonable for China to seek a fight with this, ” said Min-seong Lee, a student in Seoul.

Fuente: AP / Juwon Park

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