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Big Hit apologizes for the misogynistic lyrics in BTS's songs

By alim17   Wednesday, July 6, 2016   227,930   24,103   2



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BTS's agency Big Hit Entertainment stepped up to address a recent controversy about the misogynistic lyrics in their songs, like "Hormone War" and Rap Monster's "Joke," with an official statement and apology.

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On June 6, Big Hit wrote through the official fan cafe:

"Big Entertainment and BTS acknowledge that since the end of 2015, there's been a controversy regarding the misogyny in BTS's lyrics, and after reviewing the lyrics once again, we found out that a portion of the substance could be misunderstood to criticize women, which was not intended when it was being written, and made people uncomfortable.  Also, we personally confirmed that a portion of the content posted onto SNS by BTS before their debut could be unpleasant content for women.  Regarding this, Big Hit Entertainment and BTS mulled over many things for a long time together, and the reason we had not announced an official stance all this time was in order to give sincere feedback through concrete details and a proper method at the most appropriate time.

"Big Hit Entertainment and all of BTS are extremely apologetic toward all of the fans as well as the people who felt uncomfortable because of BTS's lyrics and SNS content, and we will continually refer back to such comments and problems in the future during the writing process.  Through this discussion and review, we learned that because the creation of music is influenced by personal growth and experience as well as what's been seen in society, we cannot be free from societal prejudice and error.  We also learned that it could be undesirable to define women's roles and values in society from a man's viewpoint.

"We are now aware of the fact that as members of an idol group that is creating a trend in popular culture, the comments and behavior of the members could greatly influence many different people and the society.  Additionally, Big Hit Entertainment feels greatly responsible for causing concern to many people because we had not been more careful regarding the production of BTS's content. Even in the future, please continue to watch over BTS's development, and if you point out the parts where we're lacking, we will work even harder as we listen to the fans and society's advice."

What do you make of the controversy and their apology?

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EmBTSLover Friday, December 16, 2016

Honestly I think it's not entirely their fault, as a female I wasn't offended by the lyrics, when reading this I was confused!

CHYZ Sunday, October 2, 2016

Its the part that says, "women are the best present", It objectified women, saying that they're "presents" to be received, or given. At first when I heard the song, i also felt uncomfortable, and wondered why wasnt anyone complaining about this, but decided to let it go, since i bet they didnt mean anything serious by it. xD I liked the song actually, other than that part, every other part was super naise.There was a clip of Rap Mon explaining the meaning of the lyrics and that line, i just saw it this year, and cause of that im okay with it now.. :))

DZico Sunday, August 7, 2016

can Bighit shut up sometimes , I mean they great company and all but they been apologizing for stupid stuff and they kind ruining BTS hard work , who did they ask before apologizing , did they ask the fans opinions , the fans been listening to those songs sense forever ever come to bighit mind to ask fan opinion rather then listening to haters opinion ?

YueYuu DZico Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It were fans and they were calm and collected when they voiced their misgivings. Also, if you dig deeper you'll find information to Namjoon talking to a guy named Idon'tknowanymore who's aware of the sexism that's still going on in KPop and in Korea and general and you will realized that this statement most likely came from Namjoon himself. He's intelligent and so very open-minded, he's someone who learns a lot and wants to learn even more. I'm for sure not a hater and those lyrics made me feel uncomfortable too.

Kortlynn Friday, August 5, 2016

I'm a girl, and I say their songs are fine. I feel like the people who had such serious problems with them were maybe too sensitive or easily excited. BTS is fine the way they are now, in that regard.

fairytaeil Monday, July 25, 2016

wtf these songs aren't brand new or anything, why are they an issue in 2016???

LittleApple88247 Monday, July 18, 2016

Could anyone kindly explain why the lyrics of this song are misogynistic? I just fail to see how they're sexist. They're not saying women are only useful for sex, or are inferior to men, they're talking about how teenagers feel about women, because of hormones. Ok some people are uncomfortable, but that's like saying some people are uncomfortable with a song that talks about murder or something and therefore the song should be taken down, sure, it will happen (people being uncomfortable), but I don't see why we should stop expression ourselves about some themes as long a we aren't harming anybody, and I just can't understand where the harm is here. I'm a teenager myself and I'm aware I still have a lot to learn just like BTS, so if someone could clear that up it'd be highly appreciated.

thewoman LittleApple88247 Thursday, July 21, 2016

You know why? Because when a man utters the word "woman" and anything of a remotely sexual connotation in the same sentence he should be burned at the stake for his evil ways. Cuz you know, there is no such thing as sexual attraction and human beings reproduce via parthenogenesis...

CookesLoveMilk Saturday, July 16, 2016

The song 'Joke' okay, I don't care, it happens with all these rappers here in America. But 'War of Hormone'? What. Theres nothing wrong with that song? It's  just telling us how a young boy feels when growing, they start getting into woman, J Hope's part about the 'pimples' they get when older you knoww~~

chai_may Friday, July 15, 2016

I think it's good that big Hit issued an apology statement, but is it the first time we've seen lyrics like this? What about American pop culture which is prevalent internationally? I'm not trying to drag in and smash other artists but it's not like BTS is the only artist in the world who have released lyrics like this, and other artists who do release these type of lyrics don't publicly apologise for it every time. I just think the main thing is that Big Hit and BTS should be thanked for for realising their issue and doing something about it.

trudie23 Sunday, July 10, 2016

there something i don't understand the song war of hormones came out in 2014 rap monsters joke came out in 2015 why is it they are having problem with it now

BTS_BornToSlay Saturday, July 9, 2016

The title is 'War of Hormone' and your expecting ABC? Hahhaa

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