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Posted by danisurst AKP STAFF 23 days ago

Assemblyman Ahn Minseok begins rumor that BTS member will enlist this year; Big Hit immediately shoots it down

AKP STAFF

Big Hit Entertainment is speaking out in response to military enlistment rumors regarding the BTS members.

On October 21 KST, Rep. Ahn Min Seok of the Democratic Party of Korea was attending a parliamentary audit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, when he mentioned, "It seems that one of the BTS members will be enlisting in the military this year. I think it's decided that pop artists will not be given special military service privileges."

He then went on to mention that in the 1970s a system was created that rewarded 'pure artists' with military exemption if they placed within the top two in international competitions. However, as 'pop artists' have continued to blur the lines between 'pop art' and 'pure art,' it no longer seems appropriate to give such privileges to 'pure artists' only. 

"There have been a lot of opinions even before BTS about granting special military service exemption to pop artists,"
Minister Park Yang Woo added. "However, the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of National Defense want to reduce the number of special military service cases and change the content if possible, and we (the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) want to increase the number of people involved in sports and culture who can better promote and engage [the global audience]."

The minister then added that while sports and classical arts tend to have clear international and domestic accolades and competitions, it is harder to create a standard in regards to pop art.

After the meeting, Big Hit Entertainment spoke up about Rep. Ahn Min Seok's mentioning of BTS's enlistment plans that day.


"We're not sure why a statement like that would come out," a representative for the agency remarked. "It isn't true that a BTS member will be enlisting this year."

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trogdorthe8th6,350 pts 23 days ago 3
23 days ago

I get that a politician will want to put out a statement about the debate of whether or not to make exceptions for idols on the policy of mandatory enlistment. But why would he be so foolish as to make such a strong claim with no evidence to back it up in the first place? If one or all of the members decided to enlist this year, that's their decision and I would completely respect it either way. But K-netizens can get VICIOUS when it comes to people speaking out about their biases, so hopefully no one will come for him or try anything stupid. This was clearly a calculated statement to try and gain favor with his party on the issue, so hopefully it doesn't backfire for him.

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TaeTaeismyBaeBae15 pts 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Isn't this the same asshole that stirred up trouble for BTS in 2016 by saying that BTS wanted to be exempt from military service? It caused a lot of backlash for BTS. He also tried to pressure BTS into performing in NK by announcing it to the media before he had an answer from BH on whether they would or not, he wanted to stir up the citizen's support so that BTs would have to accept and go even if they didn't want to. Every time this guy opens his mouth about BTS he causes trouble.

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