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Posted by elliefilet AKP STAFF 30 days ago

Big Hit Entertainment apologizes for recent controversies involving BTS

(Bangtan Boys) BTS
Big Hit Entertainment apologized for the recent controversies involving BTS.

BTS were at the center of controversy surrounding alleged Nazi symbolism in a 2015 photo shoot as well as a controversial shirt, and their agency Big Hit Entertainment now released an official statement and an apology regarding the issues. 

The label's full statement is as follows:

"Hello, this is Big Hit Entertainment.

Recently, various issues concerning our company's artist BTS have come up. Big Hit's stance on these issues is as follows.

1. On what we've investigated regarding these recent issues are as follows:
- The issue of our artist wearing an outfit with the image of an atomic bomb
- The issue of an artist wearing a hat with a Nazi symbol on it during a magazine photo shoot in Korea
- The issue of an artist being said to have been associated with a flag with a symbol reminiscent of Nazis 

2. Big Hit's official position on the above issues are:
- We'd like to clarify that all Big Hit staff and artists, including BTS, do not regard war or atomic bombs lightly. We're against these things, and we have no intention to hurt those who were victims of the atomic bombs. We will continue not to have any such intention.
- We'd also like to clarify that all Big Hit staff and artists, including BTS, do not regard Nazis lightly nor any other group that promotes ideals or totalitarianism or extremism. We oppose these things, we have no intention to hurt those who were affected by the history of groups like this, and we will continue not have any such intention. 

3. We'd like to apologize for the issues mentioned above.
- With regards to the clothing with the image of the atomic bomb, we had no such intentions. Though the clothing was not intended to be hurtful to those who were victims of the atomic bomb, those involved did not do appropriate research beforehand the artists did wear the clothing, which was unintentionally hurtful to victims of the atomic bomb. For this and to those who were uncomfortable with the imagery, we sincerely apologize. 
- In regards to the past photo shoot where an artist wore a hat bearing a Nazi symbol. We had no such intentions. On that day, all of the clothes and accessories were provided by the media company, and those involved did not do appropriate research beforehand. The artist did wear the clothing item, which was unintentionally hurtful to those affected by the Nazis of the past. For this and to those who were uncomfortable seeing imagery related to Nazis, we sincerely apologize. 
- However, the fault of the above issues lie with the artists' company Big Hit, which did not do its due diligence. We'd like to clearly emphasize that the company's artists have no responsibility or relation to the above issues. 

4. We'd like to offer the following explanation with regards to the issue of the past concert performance.
- The concert, which was legendary artist Seo Taiji's 2017 anniversary concert, included a scene as part of the stage 'Classroom Idea', which includes the social message criticizing the uniform education system. 
- The flag and image are creative artwork totally unrelated to Nazis, and the performance was meant to 'criticize a uniform and totalitarian education system.'
- The idea that this performance was in any part meant to replicate Nazism is completely untrue, and to the contrary, should be considered to include creative elements meant to criticize exactly that kind of totalitarianism. 

5. Big Hit will do our best to improve following these issues.
- The reason for Big Hit's existence is 'to provide comfort to and move people all around the world through music and artists.' Additionally, we live in an age of diversity and tolerance, there are many things that must be taken into consideration. This is a challenging task for us as well, but we are doing our best to implement it.
- In the future, with a foothold not only in these issues, but to further understand various social, historical, and cultural backgrounds, Big Hit and our company artists will look carefully into even the most detailed aspects of our activities and be more cautious so as to avoid causing hurt to anyone.
- Once more, we would like to sincerely apologize to those who were hurt as a result of Big Hit's failure to look carefully into these issues. 

6. In order to resolve these problems, Big Hit will take the following actions.
- Big Hit will contact the Japanese and Korean Associations for Atomic Bomb Victims in order to explain and apologize for the hurt caused by these issues.
- Big Hit will reach out to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which first raised this issue, and offer a letter of apology to those who were hurt by these issues."

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  2. BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT
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Fan_from_India 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Big Hit addressed the controversies to the point. Their response was both graceful and valid. I hope those who were "actually" disturbed will feel much better and move on.

And those who were enjoying BTS go through negative criticism.....God Bless You

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CandaceNicole77 30 days ago 6
30 days ago

Calling it a recent incident is misleading. They're old stories. Re-surfaced for the purpose of a right wing extremists political agenda is more accurate.

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datenshi189 29 days ago 3
29 days ago

Nazi symbols can offend a lot of people in Europe. The stylist needs to know what is wrong because of their work.

If something went wrong, you should apologize, even after years. I live 30 minutes from the German Nazi death camp ... When I recall a visit there, I want to cry. Over 1 million people were murdered in this one camp !!! People entered the gas chambers there, knowing what was waiting for them. Before they were undressed, their gold teeth were torn out, their hair cut off so that they would burn easily after the fact.

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Sera_L 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

They had apologized and made a statement before, although not as extensive, as deliberate, and as well thought out as this one. The OP was correct, it was just resurfaced for some reasons beyond BTS and Big Hit's control. I do hope that this apology will end all accusation and this case will not resurface again in the future.

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Vee_E 27 days ago 1
27 days ago

And let me just make a real quick note here for all westerners about the Nazi symbol in East Asia:


Nazi-style fashion items do not have the same cultural context in East Asia that they do in the west (just look up Nazi Chic). Let’s all imagine ourselves in Southeast Asia in a photoshoot. Someone hands us a coat with the Khmer Rouge’s logo on it. Do we even realize what we’re about to put on? Do any of you reading right now (without googling) know who they actually are? While we can gently point out the meaning of things to other cultures, we must also accept that they will not have the same emotional response. This lesson also nicely ties to the Liberation Day shirt. The image of the bomb is seen in two completely different ways by Koreans and Japanese. So just throwing that in there too.


I'm not surprised at all that there was a hat like this as a fashion item laying around in a clothing photoshoot studio. This is not meant to be mocking in any way but rather shows how different ages and cultures look at symbols differently and how the meaning of symbols change over time. Furthermore, while they may have been able to identify the symbol if they were looking directly at it, there's a good chance it could have gone unnoticed. I would definitely not blame the idol in this case. With how busy their schedules are, how many times they are rushed in and out of clothing and through photoshoots, and with the sheer number of items of clothing they wear as well as how packed their schedules are, they shouldn’t be blamed in these situations.


Most importantly, that symbol is very, very similar to the symbol east asian maps use to signify temples and Buddhism (the manji). When looking at it from an East Asian perspective, the first thought that comes to mind Buddhism/temple. You literally have to stop, look at the orientation of the symbol, and then think about whether or not it's a swastika or manji (and that's if they’re familiar with the swastika, which many East Asians are not). Just watch the video by Asian Boss about them interviewing people in Japan about the symbol. Some are aware, some aren't. Most do not understand the emotional meaning behind it. And all had to really look hard to identify it.

Just like we shouldn't expect a westerner to be familiar with a jacket that has the rising sun symbol (and the emotional connection that comes with from an East Asian perspective), we can't expect someone from East Asia to have the same awareness and emotional connection to images. Westerners and western media can be so lacking in this regard, believing everyone knows their history and historical symbols while being completely unaware of history from other parts of the world.

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SUnknown 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

Tyga had HUGE backlash for his recent album Kyoto because of the rising sun depicted in the background. South koreans especially were all up in arms demanding an apology. If its offensive for a reason people should stop making excuses just because its their favourite group.

I'm not saying everyone, I'm just saying in general a lot of these people on here are making excuses for them. If I were to post a picture of the rising sun I can assure you 9 out of 10 people making excuses for bts would send me hate messages. It goes both ways. They did something wrong and they've apologized for it it's over now but please dont just sweep it under the rug because BTS is involved.

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Menece 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

^this

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sugakookiesanTae 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

You mean left wing liberal snowflakes you think their special. Yeah the ones who e mainly been doing thing like this. 🙃☻

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xDearLove 30 days ago 8
30 days ago

There. They admit to their ignorance and lack of due deligence on the issues, they will try to be more sensitive and pay more attention to details. They will personally take time to apologize directly to the associations and victims of the tragedies, they aren't just doing this to apologize to the GP, but also to the victims. Shit happens, and they acknowledge it.


Tell me, what more do people want? No excuses were given, no bs storytime, no boohoo i'm the victim card. Just owning it up and taking actions to resolve the problem. If you no longer support BTS, it's understandable. If you forgive them and give them another chance, that's also understandable. Just stop spreading hate when they already issued an apology and will apologize to the victims.

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CandaceNicole77 30 days ago 4
30 days ago

On top of the fact that... As much as the West doesn't like to admit it... The world doesn't revolve around them. The East had an exceptionally different experience during WWII and a different relationship with symbols. Plenty of westerners saunter around with Rising Sun paraphernalia cause they think its pretty.... and expect forgiveness for not knowing. Not to mention the Buddhist swastika and it's prominence and history. Like... There is room for missteps and teachable moments.

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xDearLove 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

I agree so much with this comment. It's not like any side cares any less, they just focus on their own tragedies and version of the story. Say for example, Westerners focus a lot on the Holocaust and the Nazis, Asia focuses more on the war and invasions they had with each other. Westerners might know about confort women (I for example don't remember even learning about it in school, much less about Asian history and what tragedies were going on there at the same time) we choose to be more sentitive about the bombing and the nazi because that's what we experienced more. Koreans experienced their women being mistreated and treated like toys, the invasions, the manslaughter...so they talk about that. All those events happened, it's just that the facts they learned were more locally focused.


Let's all learn about what the tragedy brought to everyone worldwide, not just weterners because Asia dealed it's own shit too at that time. We should learn more about each others history.

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Vee_E 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

THIS!!! It's downright egotistical the way western media has approached this topic. Westerners themselves use logos and symbols incorrectly all the time. But for us, because we control the world narrative through media and money, get to hold everyone to our standards of sensitivity.


This also extends to the Liberation Day shirt. Koreans and Japanese see that shirt and its imagery completely different. But Japanese media was very quick to play the victim and spread the words "a bomb" and "celebrate" even though that's not the intention of the shirt at all (as stated by the designer).


I'm not saying that no apology should be made, but wearing that shirt in no way warranted the dragging through the mud that member got, especially as this was just a scapegoat for larger issues between the South Korean and Japanese governments.

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nctlty 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

UNFORGIBABBLE

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_Jarhon 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Why are you angrily complaining "what more do you people want" when there's literally ZERO people demanding for more. Everyone is completely OK with this apology.

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xDearLove 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Oh but there are, especially haters. Look elsewhere, allkpop is not where all the comments about this issue are posted. Have you not seen extremist Japanese right wingers using the excuse of Jimin's shirt to lash out their hate and voilence for BTS and koreans? It's impossible to please some people because they are so full of negativity, that's the people i'm talking about.

I do wish this issue is quickly moved on from and lessons are learned.

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Hyungshi 30 days ago 32
30 days ago

basically they became so huge and big that every thing they say and wear will be monitored, give these boys some room and chill!

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Vee_E 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

Jesus looks at the standards BTS is being held to: Mmmmm....naw I'll pass.

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11_SEO_jin 30 days ago 30
30 days ago

its not like they dressed something normal or respectfull !! chill please !!! just saying im korean and that t'shirt was insulting it was like we are celebrating the killing of innocents people more than celebrating our independence or that nazic hat and outfit , even the flag was designed to remember us the Nazi one.

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bubble4 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Now they can hire new staff for due diligence work activity for their artist.. i mean BTS just gotten bigger and bigger.. And with difference culture with western artist.. They need thisss... So many people search even at this tiny little imagery which happened years ago.. To point it out.. So yeah..

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gintama 30 days ago 9
30 days ago

the more famous you are ...the more hate you get.....

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YuraJI 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

wow yeah like the hat , the flag the bomb pictures were photoshopped even their shooting back to 2015 was photoshopped , for real stop trying to find stupid reasons ,wow so they did something good ? heh ,

,??and these many stupid armys accused others for using photoshop even posted this stupid picture to try to make the whole thing and problem sounds like a bad act from others fandom, proved that they know that their oppas did something inhuman and immature especially after they made a speech in United union

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Vee_E 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

No, you've completely missed it. If you're willing to listen, I can post some interesting findings of this story. If not, then *shrugs*. What happened to the band doesn't just affect them, it affects all of Kpop. The reason they targetted this band is because they are the most popular Kpop act in Japan (and the world).


Also, because of this defammation, two of the members have received real death threats. So maybe don't go typing something you haven't bothered to research.

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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 6
30 days ago

Tss, other groups get way more hate from Army rats than the other way around.

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2fat 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

That's good. A little blunt and too the point, but it needed to be pointed. I really didn't like the atomic bomb shirt. It shouldn't be a big enough deal to dis-invite someone from a music television show but it's not like Korean television isn't guilty of doing the same thing. I do hope young Koreans learn a lesson about how easy it is too go too far with "patriotism" it can quickly become "nationalism" and "xenophobia". Often the language I hear on kpop sites about the Japanese clearly cross into this territory. A far right nationalist group in Japan is not a surprise when the entire world seems to be swinging toward racism and xenophobia. This is how wars keep getting started. This is why Nazis started marching in our streets again. Certain people gave them permission too. Let's be the people that fight that, can't we?

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MyEuphoria 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

The stylist for the Ceci photoshoot just made a statement. https://www.soompi.com/article/1262453wpp/stylist-...

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jrp323 30 days ago 8
30 days ago

I'm so tired of people getting bent out of shape every time this symbol is used. The swastika symbol was created hundreds of years ago before Hitler used it. It was used by the Hindu and Asian culture. The symbol was seen a lot in the temples and churches. It was a symbol of Luck, Hope, Peace, Prosperity for just starters. So maybe RM was wearing it for those reasons and not to upset others. PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED FOR WHAT THE SYMBOL ORIGINAL REPRESENTED.

Google "SWASTIKA Hindu Asian Culture" and learn. This also goes for all the Jewish people that get so offended every time they see this symbol.

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hiroonakamura 30 days ago 2
30 days ago

"So maybe RM was wearing it for those reasons and not to upset others."

Based on bighit's statement, that was obviously NOT the case. They had no idea what the swastika was, meant or stood for.
Also, the original swastika and the nazi swastika are different actually. The nazi swastika has a different angle and doesn't contain the dots that the original swastika usually contains. The swastika on this hat seems to be the nazi swastika

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Vee_E 27 days ago 1
27 days ago

Or maybe he's an idol who has no control over the fashion he wear in photoshoots, and has to dress in and out of several outfits, and is in a huge rush because idols are always being hurried to their next schedule.


Also, please read what I posted above if you want to understand this symbol from the East Asian perspective (westerners tend to not think outside their own lives---as to other cultures to be fair)

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hiroonakamura 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

i cant see your other post about east asian perspectives :(

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teleri 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Thousands of years, not hundreds :( THAT is a perfect example of cultural misappropriation, in fact.

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_Jarhon 29 days ago 3
29 days ago

Oh we "uneducated people" totally apologize to you super smart armies, we obviously couldn't tell the difference between the two because they're TOTALLY similar, just look.



Like how on earth could we've ever seen that they were different RIGHT?!?! They're sooo similar!


..... just incase its not clear. You're a FUCKING RETARD.


When a BTS member goes around wearing a hat will full blown nazi eagle, a Third Reich death symbol on it, aint nobody confusing it with the hindu symbol for luck.

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Mhizdarhmey 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Good they apologize....if any one still go on condemning them then the person just prove his/herself a hater

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yaya202 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Good . Bighit should be more careful and protect BTS. BTS didn't have any bad intention . I'm glad Army love and always there for BTS

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Irinita 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Haters gon' hate
Players gon' play
Live a life, man
Good luck


Army ❤ BTS


period

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bright_light 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Hopefully now everyone that was coming after the boys to no end will leave them alone. I don't think they needed to release a statement but i guess it was necessary at this point so i'm glad they did, to shut those people up, i hope all this nonsense is over and bts can move on and have their minds at ease, love you boys

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T_Jazz 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

Poor fellas. They're so big now they'll have to limit their wardrobes to solid colors and no accessories. For an issue to pop up from over three years ago means someone's digging to find anything to defame them.

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Vee_E 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

And they better only look straight ahead. No side eyeing anyone. And they should probably watch how they eat and what movies they watch and what music they listen to and the way they walk down the street or laugh or.....


Like seriously, let them breath.


Jesus be looking at the standards their being told to live by and is like: Naw, that'll be a hard pass for me.

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thesiiiiickest 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Now THAT is an apology, even though in my opinion one wasn't called for, Big Hit stepped it up again. They said exactly what they did wrong, why it was wrong, how it happened, apologized even though it wasn't directly their fault, said what they were going to do make amends, and how they will improve in the future. RESPECT.

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adnirvs 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

BTS and BigHit are being scrutinised 24/7. So of course BigHit has to be very careful on what they say and collect all facts before presenting and maybe that's why they apologised a little late, especially on such a sensitive issue. Some where something went wrong and they wouldn't have done this knowingly given they are always in the spotlight. Cut some slack and leave them alone. They are also humans and they apologised for their wrongdoings. What else you want? Give up on their career and life? Even if you don't like the group, that is too much to ask from someone.

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Vee_E 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

People don't realize that just a few years ago this company had less than 30 employees. And now look where they are. The way they've handled the situation considering everything is beyond commendable.


If it were up to me, I'd be THAT petty b**ch and start suing for slander. (secretly hoping Seo Taiji does because he has a very credible case)

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Rainbow_Pearls 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

dear exol vip revelu blink nctzen ikonic sone once orbit and some other kpop fans thank you for helping in making this small t shirt incident into big issues and i'm sure you enjoy watching bts suffer by pretending the fake care about atomic bomb and i'm sorry to tell you that this issues didn't reuin bts reputation like you were wishing but it was a good promo for the group and they country korea love them more for it .anyway keep trying while bts rising breaking the records while you're faves floping so damb hard i will enjoy watching them flop while laughing

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nomanymore 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

I'm glad Bighit took time for this statement and apology, it was straightforwards to the point and sincere. They admit their short comings, apology for it, learn from it, clarification for what's untrue and engage to be more careful in the future. I appreciate most how they address directly to those who were truly hurt, the victims, and not those right-wingers or any opportunist.

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shy_kpop_girl 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

The apology was great. I've commented that BigHit would come out with something elsewhere in other threads and have asked for people to be patient. These types of statements take time and it was a good thing they waited because a bunch of other old news re-surfaced that had already been dealt with. But I'm glad BigHit just continued to apologize without saying they did already.


Now please - can we NOT turn this thread into another fan-war? To both toxic ARMY and ARMY-haters, please.


Lets focus on what the real topic is.

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Rainbow_Pearls 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

bts are still wining . korea love them more and more for the tshirst the tshirst is running out of stock jarmy love them even more they sell 500 k copie of their japanese single it was a big promo for the group

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SongKaixi 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Pretty sure they released statements back when there things happened as well. They weren't nearly as thought out though. Truthfully now that they've apologized officially I won't hold it against them unless they do it again.

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Secretninja312 30 days ago 20
30 days ago

good thing they have a large ass fandom who would forgive them for just anything. If this was any other group thier entire career would be over

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caribbeangal 30 days ago 12
30 days ago

I'm glad that they do have a large team, it would be extremely unfair for politics to destroy a group, ANY group.

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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 11
30 days ago

I wish other groups had such a large fandom, so they can defend their idols against that constant harassment of Army.

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xDearLove 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

May i ask what more do you want from them? It's not like they are a group that actually promotes nazism, white supremacy, hate to jewish, japanese or any other race, religion or ideology.


They explained the things that were being misunderstood such as the flag incident, and they owed up to the photoshoots and clothing items by saying that they weren't careful enough about details. The shirt to Jimin might have been a celebration of independence and not an agreement to the bombing, noone bothered to look at the details long enough to go "hey, i think people will missunderstand" and they are apologizing for it. They will apologize to the actual victims and organizations that were hurt by these unfortunate events.


If they didn't say anything about the issues then i would be mad at BH and BTS, but since they have taken action, i'll move on and hope that they learned their lesson and grow as more sensitive artists. That's doesn't mean that i don't acknowledge that they were wrong, we fans always point out things that are questionable, people just choose to call us blind fans instead of looking further into the issue and how we are handling it.

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CandaceNicole77 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

I'd be careful if I were you... You'd be surprised how many active groups are still operating after similar scandals.

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myoongi 30 days ago 20
30 days ago

They're apologizing despite there being some things they shouldn't have to apologize for. love my kings:)

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1Minoz 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

What? So non Korean celebrities shouldn't apologize for wearing a rising sun flag, o.k.

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myoongi 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

what? when did I say that

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Koralee87 30 days ago 11
30 days ago

it's honestly comments like this that show how ridiculous fans are. You will excuse anything.. Doing a photoshoot at a holocaust memorial, wearing the Nazi SS logo, wearing an a-bomb t-shirt is not acceptable. Unless you admit to stanning lemmings, the group is made up of adults. They themselves should know better. Passing off the blame to others, to their company, to their stylists - like, what else will you excuse with the same logic?


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YuraJI 30 days ago 5
30 days ago

you are a stupid dumb idiot you dont even understand people feeling

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Daydreamer68154 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

I am glad that Big Hit Entertainment has provided an apology. I am glad that people have accepted the apology and are willing to forgive. My concern is why other idols are not given the same consideration? Why are people willing to forgive a BTS member for wearing something that offended a group of people and yet if it were a member of any other group people would boycott the entertainment company and demand action against the idol? I wish we could treat all of the idols in the same manner in which we have treated Jimin and BTS when controversy begins. It wasn't too long ago that everyone was up in arms about BTS working with a Japanese writer on a song that had to be removed from an upcoming CD? We can forgive BTS but we cannot forgive that writer?

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hiroonakamura 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

i dont think the simon wiesenthal centre deserves an apology though seeing as they blatantly lied about things to make BTS and the scandal look even worse than it is.

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lacreme 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

BTS' past is haunting them

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BlackR0se97 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

we stan an amazing company, thank you bighit.


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caribbeangal 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

I'm glad they made a statement, and are rectifying the misunderstanding. Time to moveon.org.

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desikyu 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Personally, i was a bit disappointed by the memorial photos and the hat emblem. It's an odd mistake for the members to keep repeating. So I'm glad they addressed it and apologized. I hope people can move on now.

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di_oblio 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

People have to understand that while they do come from one of the most developed countries in the world, they come from a country with far different experiences. This does not excuse them for any hurt they may have caused, but the shirt was meant to be about independence, not a celebration but an acknowledgement of the history that Korean has when gaining independence. The designer of the shirt has said as much and has also apologized for any hurt that has come from this.

Was wearing the shirt a mistake? Absolutely. I don't deny that. Being on a global platform means that you have to take into account that your actions can be seen through different perspectives. Clearly, no one in the band or on their team looked at the shirt and thought "could this be misunderstood." Is it an irreparable mistake? No. Bighit is reaching out to those who are hurt and offering to make reparations.

There was definitely some form of character assassination going on here as well. Its no coincidence that this whole situation occurred right when tensions between South Korea and Japan were at an all time high. You have to ask yourself why a picture from last year, of a shirt that other idols have worn on national tv, resurfaced right when Japan and SK were having conflicts over WW2 reparations. (Though that doesn't account for any of the other things that surfaced, all of which had been previously addressed. But that was as a result of the initial cause of conflict, so I don't count those.)
In any case, an apology has been made and reparations are being made to those who were hurt in this situation.

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Angie_5436 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Hi,

I am an Army and I am here to say sorry for so many things happening. I apologize for immature Armies out there that hurt you.


I stop bring down the idol just because the fandom was acting a pain from your experience.


From, Angie Villarreal

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lacreme 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Armys are the ones spreading misinformation like saying that RM's hat with the Nazi symbol was photoshopped. It was only when the Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized BTS that Big Hit decided to explain. They knew that it was already a big controversy and they could not afford to ignore it

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shyloone 26 days ago 0
26 days ago

why should they have to apologize for jealouse people who cant stand the fact BTS are so famouse an their groups aint, so look for old as photos , to try an destroy them, why the hell do people even bring up such old crap stuff for, i know its hard you cant find no fault with the biggest B Band in the world, that you have to go digging around back from ages ago and then come up with some stupid shit stuff about clothes really

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Naruta 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Wow! Not just the usual "we apologize sincerly...will reflect deeply" bla bla, but a completely detailed explanation to what happened. And above all I treasure the sentence

"We'd like to clearly emphasize that the company's artists have no responsibility or relation to the above issues." Big Hit is just the best!

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Sassysly555 30 days ago 2
30 days ago

so what company actual made these shirts? Shouldn't they also have something to say about making such an item? I hate to do the blame game,but bts has stylist. It's their job to style the boys from head to toe so really if someone wants to put blame it shouldn't be on jimin but the stylists. I like how they apologized, usually you get just a lame statement and then how the artist will reflex on their wrong doings. Big hit is actually going to try and do something about their mistakes and make sure this doesn't happen again . Good role models for other company's to follow

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Sera_L 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

If you're quite updated with the issue, you'll know that the T-shirt designer and the photoshoot stylist has made a statement :)

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Sassysly555 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

thank you, I saw it posted on Facebook. I miss this old site, I find it hard to follow on here :(

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AegyoFree 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Right, I am seeing a lot of nonsense here. I love BTS, I have seen them live, I have merch and albums. I don't tend to comment under BTS articles because I do not like the way many new fans go on about them to the point of disrespect and and derision to other groups who do not deserve their scorn. HOWEVER, it was GOOD and RIGHT for Big Hit to apologise. It would ALSO be good and right for Namjoon, who is intelligent, well-read and thoughtful to acknowledge that this was not a good choice and that he understands why.

BTS posed at a holocaust memorial for a shoot, fact. This was frankly NOT appropriate. I acknowledge that BTS formed in '13, they weren't really in a position to question their styling and their shoots in '15 so these decisions would have been over their heads. However, people below trying to claim it wasn't the appropriated Nazi swastika, rather it was the Hindu and Buddhist symbol adorning the many Buddhist temples of Korea, no, don't try to change the narrative by telling outright lies, that was a literal Nazi hat. It has the totenkopf. Let's not shy away from that. It WAS a poor choice. Knowing or otherwise, once educated and aware, an apology is necessary.

The East generally do not receive the same level of education on the Nazis and their policies as is emphasised in European schools (where in many countries, it is a legal requirement to learn it). In this day and age though, we all have access to the internet and there are certain things that should automatically scream out INAPPROPRIATE.

Other people saying it's not a big deal and people are getting needlessly worked up; it is a big deal. Liking, loving, stanning (whatever it is you do) a group, should not stop you from being able to step away and say, I don't like this, let's learn, acknowledge our mistakes and grow. Don't attack people for pointing out that this was wrong. There is NOTHING wrong with being a critical friend, it doesn't make you a hater. BTS can, and do, do better (we've seen their sensitivy about skinship with overtly Muslim fans for example) so it's only right that we expect more from them, especially as they are now very much an international group.


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Anita_Vc 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Those of us who love BTS really do not care what they use, those who spend their time analyzing it to criticize them, it is because of envy, that they get to work like these children instead of trying to get free money.

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11_SEO_jin 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

what's a mess but actually was disappoined me the most is the fandom who used this to accuse others saying they used photoshop and all !! look everything was real after all !!

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Rainbow_Pearls 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

let me remind army non of the kpop fandom help they all were trying to make the issue more and more big .let's see when your faves have scandals you will see ???!!!!!!!

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cnrrnj 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

I think, One of the reasons that popular korea wave in Asia...
The height is higher and large body and Cool~.
18 years~28 years Man, Average height
S, KOREA - 5 feet 9 inch (176cm), CHINA - 5 feet 3 inch (165cm), JAPAN - 5 feet 4.5 inch (165.5cm),
Thailand,Vietnam Etc. Southeast Asia - 5 feet 2.5 inch (159.5cm)


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_Jarhon 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

How is this not in top stories? Im just curious. Was this written by a fan and thus dont get listed or wtf.

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Sera_L 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

It was, but now it's not because it got downvoted by a lot of people. Smh Idk what antis wants. BTS got into a controversy and they demanded apology--now Big Hit made an apology, they disliked the post. For what? So people won't know they've made a statement? Idk anymore lol.

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BeckywithDgdhat 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

how the mighty have fallen

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northstars 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

BTS members still have mandatory military in a few years.

I do not think it is going to go good for them once the military members find out these are the guys that were promoting Nazim, wearing Nazi hats etc.

Bad stuff happens in the military and dangerous stuff too.

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Kurapikaaa 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

I'm not an ARMY but I accept the apology. I think they will learn from it. I disagree with many ARMY about the actions being harmless tho. Wearing those clothing items was wrong but I forgive him.

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Kosmo_Lap 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Oops. Looks like they are taking a bit hit.

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WhippedForCookie 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

It would look much more sincere if their idols apologized too. After all it kinda reminds me of a parent apologizing for his child's wrong doings. Why it's that whenever BTS is doing something bad it's always their company that apologizes for everything? Their idols messed up too, they are people with free will and they knew what they were doing. It's only natural they should apologize also.

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HaveSomeKookies 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

BTS did nothing wrong and if you would've read the news article properly, you would know why. Idols have no say in what to wear when promoting. Stylists choose their attire (that's why we see "slutty fashion" for girl groups all the time - with the girls being unconfortable) and sometimes it works great and other times it doesn't. Not all Asians are aware of the bad meaning of that symbol.


Yes, the Swastika is known for being a Nazi symbol. However, it's origin dates back thousands of years and has been once used as a symbol of good fortune in almost every culture in the world - until Hitler stole and misused it.

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qst3552 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Writing apologies doesn't undo anything they have done. That would be too easy, and Bighit and their dogs BTS will not get away with it. Everybody knows now that they are despicable right wing fascists who celebrate mass slaughter of innocents both Japanese and Jews. Especially Japanese. BTS ought to be banned everywhere and should not be allowed to leave the country. They belong in jail not on stage.

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Sera_L 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

Instead of picking on idols who celebrated their own country's independence, shouldn't you pick a fight with the US who actually dropped the bomb? Or talking about apology, "Writing apologies doesn't undo anything they have done," Big Hit representatives personally visited the victims of the atomic bombing in Korea and Japan, and all that over a T-shirt (!), and at the same time Japanese government keep denying their war crimes, keep pretending that comfort women didn't exist and keep saying that they were merely prostitutes, despite the fact that thousands of women in Korea, Chinese, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and other countries were forcefully taken as sex slaves and beaten up and treated as animals, and many of them were minors. And you were okay with that? Wow, talk about double standard. At least Big Hit apologized. Idk what more that people want. You're right, apology cannot undo everything, but the remaining survivors of comfort women who number less than 50 right now only want a sincere apology from the Japanese government. They only want their pain to be acknowledged, they only want to not be called liars anymore, they only want the perpetrator to admit the wrongdoings, even though they're the TRUE victims.

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whatever101 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

see that wasn't so hard


it only took them a month but glad to see unlike ARMY BIGHIT isn't wasting time in trying to come up with bs excuses to justify themselves

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DarkStorm 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Here is the bottom line


BTS is not as talented as people thought


Singing with Charlie Puth, a critically acclaimed singer was beyond them


Big Hits management team was not prepared for their international exploits


They need to scale back their porfolio

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Anpanman 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

And was it that hard to do it? They could've prevented the entire mess by doing it much earlier. But anyway, I'm glad they apologized, hope it'll shut up those fans who were saying Japan deserved to be bombed for the ~GreAteR GooD~ and kept making up weirdass excuses.

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nctlty 29 days ago 2
29 days ago

EVERYONE SHOULD THROW BTS ALBUMS AWAY AND NEVER EVER BUY A BTS ALBUM AGAIN. THEY WOULD BE NAZIS AND BAD PEOPLE FOR WANTING ATOMIC BOMBS TO HAPPEN AGAIN

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Sera_L 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

Did you even read the lengthy statement though? Oh, you probably didn't, 'cause you don't care anyway.... Btw your capslock button is broken.

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Datboiyoongz 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

OMG I see your comment everywhere on articles and I have to say I agree with just about every single one of them Sera_L

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nctlty 29 days ago 1
29 days ago

INVALID AND MEANINGLESS, REALLY BAD RESPONSE THEY WERE VERY IRRESPONSIBLE BUT THEY ARE PROUD ABOUT IT, HE WAS WEARING THE CLOTHING HE LIKED NOW THIS IS JUST TRYING TO AVOID THE RESPONSABILITY

DISGUSTING

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Sera_L 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

The clothing was provided by the stylist, as stated.

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emmamadison24 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

is this karma for annoying armies shitting on everyone else's favorite group? **sips tea**

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lacreme 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

Big Hit should issue an English version of the apology or is it afraid that the issue will blow up again?

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MyEuphoria 30 days ago 0
30 days ago
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YuraJI 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

ewww

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Stopudelulu 30 days ago 3
30 days ago

genius company. Genius artists. Druggie yg can never related

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Not_interested 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Exactly this was actually much bigger problem than grass but BigHit is handling it so good.

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junsukiyoo 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Yeah YG cant relate bcos Bighit only had one artist to handle so should be easy right.

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Datboiyoongz 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

Get a life

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braddahbraddah 30 days ago 2
30 days ago

Took'em long enough to apologize...

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littlejeons 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

lmao atleast they did??? some artists dont even care

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MyEuphoria 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Glad they did.

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lacreme 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Thank you Big Hit for apologizing. See? Apology is needed to appease those who were offended by the controversies.

Big Hit is probably thinking that if the issues won't die down, BTS' chance to get a Grammy nomination will go down the drain

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YuraJI 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

their stupid followers , claming oppa are innocents and legendary wow is this how you educate them glorify their stupid insulting acts !!!



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Datboiyoongz 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

HAHA YOUR A CRUSTY BITCH

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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 16
30 days ago

At least they finally apologized. Now we need a personal apology by the idols in question, and general apologies from Armies for all the wrongs they are doing.



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caribbeangal 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

You are seriously reaching, carefully u dont break ur arm.


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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

I will fist your anus if that makes you a decent person

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Angie_5436 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

Fine if you want someone to say sorry then I am sorry for everything. Sorry for the mess. You happy now damm.

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Lindsy 30 days ago 12
30 days ago

And a kick at your sorry ass for talking shit about army. Fucking exo'ls and their filthy mouth!! Apologize first for being a fuck off fan!

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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 14
30 days ago

"With regards to the clothing with the image of the atomic bomb, we had no such intentions. Though the clothing was not intended to be hurtful to those who were victims of the atomic bomb, those involved did not do appropriate research beforehand the artists did wear the clothing, which was unintentionally hurtful to victims of the atomic bomb. For this and to those who were uncomfortable with the imagery, we sincerely apologize."



Just a reminder, a few hours ago Army were still claiming that there wasnt any issue with this shirt since it was just celebrating koreas independence. I think Bighit should also apologize for creating a fandom full of stupid, uneducated asshats.

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Anpanman 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

I don't think anyone deserves a batshit, delusional fandom like that. I feel sorry for BTS members, they did nothing to deserve obsessed crazy people becoming their fans

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Datboiyoongz 25 days ago 0
25 days ago

I promise I’m normal

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Lindsy 30 days ago 11
30 days ago

Why, your fucking sick mind can't accept the fact BTS are way more famous than your non talented dolls (Exo)? People with black and polluted mind can only see dirt around them. It is the case with you, go and see a doctor before you turn into a complete psycho.

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Sehunicron 30 days ago 48
30 days ago

If the reason for Big Hit's existence is 'to provide comfort to and move people all around the world through music and artists' shouldn't they..............sign some artists?

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Stopudelulu 30 days ago 7
30 days ago

Go worry your flop oppas kid. Stop meddling in bts article

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Sehunicron 30 days ago 6
30 days ago

none of my oppas flop. literally none

meanwhile big hit has a group that contains ronald mcdonald, elsa, a mime, the bitch ass dog meme, charlie chaplin, a rapping monkey, and the worlds first transgendered idol lmao i'm crying

theyre so pathetic

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Lindsy 30 days ago 25
30 days ago

Yah sure, someone whining pig like you, fucker!! Go and train the exo singers who can only dance under their daddy i man SM entertainment's shelter. Talking about real singers, were you dead when super junior with their crow like voice go awards!!!!

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cpttsubasa 30 days ago 13
30 days ago

Good point. It is hard to believe that BTS are educated idols who are supposed to make meaningful music, when they cant even recognize nazi symbols and the nagasaki bomb. You have to be a brainless fangirl to fall for that PR.

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walkertexasrange 30 days ago 12
30 days ago

The beginning of the end for BTS

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borahae 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

you wish LMAO

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robocop52 30 days ago 3
30 days ago

Kpop prediction account said they would be even more famous after this controversy

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littlejeons 30 days ago 3
30 days ago

lmao this aint even the introduction babe

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