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KBS news anchor apologizes for saying BTS is beating EXO in popularity

By yckim124   Friday, January 27, 2017   224,862   31,286   0
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KBS news anchor, Park Young Hwan, apologized for his statement about EXO and BTS


On the January 26 broadcast of KBS special, 'Listen to It From the Candidate', the governor of Chungnam appeared as the guest. During the talk about popularity, the governor said, "I turned into EXO overnight", and to this, Park Young Hwan replied, "You know that EXO is very popular, right? I heard they're getting beat by BTS nowadays but they're still a fantastic group."


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After the broadcast, fans bombarded Park Young Hwan with criticism for making an unnecessary comparison of the two groups. He then responded to the criticism with an apology on Facebook, and wrote:


"I think my statement hurt the feelings of EXO fans. I want to clarify that I did not have any intentions to disparage EXO. I also did not have intentions to compare EXO and BTS. I was trying to carry out the debate with Governor Ahn in a more friendly way by mentioning two of the hottest idol groups in Korea. I'm personally a huge fan of EXO and even attended their concert in the U.S. I look forward to seeing EXO's best promotions in the future and I sincerely apologize for hurting the feelings of the fans."




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Liliance Monday, February 20, 2017

The fans on both side that cannot accept the fact that yes, the other group is most definitely popular and no, they are in no way better than the other. This is all opinion based to the greatest point and I really hate that people just don't understand that.And really? This became a 'big deal' because ONE GUY COULD NOT THINK BEFORE SPEAKING. Like, excuse me, are you TRYING to start a fan war?

Suhos_Forehead Sunday, February 19, 2017

Um seriously? Jesus there goes my shitty fandom attacking people for the smallest thing said against their oppars. And the popularity thing? It depends. Exo is more well-known in korea right now but bts is more well-known internationally. All he said was that he HEARD it was happening it's nothing to get so pressed over.

MbaG007 Thursday, February 9, 2017

Anyhing to do with1. Popularity2. BTSSeems to get the EXO-ls, Korean and International, very, very sensitive from what I've seen.

lee_brothers Sunday, February 5, 2017

Ls will keep attacking people who share different opinions and favors others aside of their untouchable oppars LOL Will they bomb S.Korea when the country collectively refer to the younger group in the future as way better, making the endless awards they keep bragging as nothing but dust :p Good for the anchor only addressing the pressed ones and not taking his words back. It's not like what he said was total non sense smh

BoBo101 Friday, February 3, 2017

This is part of the reason why I don't stan anymore, there is literally so much hate reeking everywhere.

Hellotreasure Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lol I stan both, they both slay, so I don't really give shit tbh

Im_you_pantseu Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I personally believe that BTS is beating exo in international popularity. I think that exo was once super popular internationally ( growl era ) but it has died down.

bigbangs_hoe Im_you_pantseu Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BTS haven't " beaten" exo in Korean popularity. they're practically the same as in popularity in korea but when wings came out and when it was on the news it became a trend or they think its really cool to stan BTS. so BTS has been receiving more attention these days

Im_you_pantseu bigbangs_hoe Thursday, February 2, 2017

yeah thats why i said BTS is more popular internationally than Exo.

ase Im_you_pantseu Saturday, February 11, 2017

Agree. BTS is now the most popular grp,

bigbangs_hoe Im_you_pantseu Thursday, February 16, 2017

exos popularity is still crazy there...as in the number of fangirls.....i was there in 2013 when growl came out and ur right there fandom was way bigger back then...

Logan_W Monday, January 30, 2017

I'm glad he said I'm sorry for hurting the fans feelings and not like "I need to reflect and I'll try to be better" because so many celebrities these days have to act is if they murdered someone whenever a "controversy" happens aka knets freaking out over everything. It's also so crazy to me you can't even compare the two groups in passing. They are two gigantic groups with enormous popularity all around the same age. I know everyone thinks their group is best, but for people (especially like these men) discussing kpop, it is not insulting or out of the blue to bring up both EXO and BTS and even compare them. I never compare groups in a negative way. Because that's not comparing if you are attacking one group to raise up another. That's being rude. There's a difference I think, but who knows maybe in Korea I'm very very wrong.

ACER12 Monday, January 30, 2017

LMAO what he said is the truth..

eryn9705 Monday, January 30, 2017

I knew there would be drama just with EXO and BTS in the same headline.. But that banger or whatever girl it's just plain rude.. I'm an EXO-L but I really love BTS too, but ARMYs like her make me get kind of annoyed with BTS for a moment, then I see BangtanBombs and I remember why I love them so much..

bangeryun94 eryn9705 Monday, January 30, 2017

Shitdown eryn9705. Go cry in a corner assjacket. Nobody gives a flying fack if your little boohiney gets annoyed. But hey thanks for calling ME out. See you around.

bigbangs_hoe eryn9705 Wednesday, February 1, 2017

first of all ITS NOT AN ARMY. its a NEWS ANCHOR. so armys aint in this. and he was stating his own opinion on both groups popularity and he thought BTS was more popular than ur faves so u shouldn't be pressed because its an opinion an opinion is an opinion. it aint rude

eryn9705 bigbangs_hoe Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I apologize for this, but you should read better.. I wasn't talking about the news anchor, I was referring to someone in the comment section..

bangeryun94 bigbangs_hoe Wednesday, February 1, 2017

She was running her big fat mouth about ME.

Shiraa eryn9705 Saturday, February 11, 2017

I don't see the connection between a fan's comment and you getting annoyed by BTS. I love both BTS and EXO, but I'm not gonna get annoyed by them or unstan them because of the childish fights between ARMY and EXO-L....

LveKimTae bangeryun94 Sunday, February 19, 2017

why r u getting so much hate for speaking ur opinion? seriously not cool....but anyway just ignore them cause they're jealous that you're speaking the truth fam :)

bangeryun94 LveKimTae Sunday, February 19, 2017

Because I'm K Army and they know it. Normally I would have avoided articles like this because of the bickering. I had a weak moment and went in on anybody dragging Bangtan, ARMY and Park Young Hwan. I was just floored that a fandom was that sensitive.

LveKimTae bangeryun94 Sunday, February 19, 2017

wait a minute you're korean army? i mean i knew you were an army but that's awesome to see k-armys in these articles.....anyway yeah i'm not really surprised to see a fandom so triggered lol

LveKimTae bangeryun94 Sunday, February 19, 2017

btw i love how u speak lol you're so savage it's awesome :) i need to learn few pointers from u lol

bangeryun94 LveKimTae Sunday, February 19, 2017

There are a lot of Koreans here now. It didn't used to be that way. And I prefer English articles to the sewage that's on Pann and Naver

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