BTS has become the household name where you can find their songs in almost every playlist around the world. Over time, this boy band has become a huge success and not just in terms of popularity, but the artistic growth has also reflected how hard the band and its seven members have worked. Did you know that the band pulled BigHit Music out of bankruptcy? The agency has now become one of the dominant agencies in the world. It’s almost like a dream come true for the Korean industry and BTS to gain international fame and popularity at this point.
However, with 9 years in the industry, our favorite boys have been linked to several controversies from time to time. Let’s look at these incidents where BTS members were criticized.
Jin spotted with a big box of you know what…..
Another member of BTS, Jin used to post a blog post where he uploaded photos and recipes of food he used to cook when he lived in a BTS dorm. In one such post, fans spotted a box of condoms the band received from fans. This created controversy but later became a joke in the fandom.
The international crust, V of BTS was seen smoking outside the grammy venue in 2022 which received backlash from fans. Some supported the idol by stating that he was an adult and could make decisions for him; however, others commented that he should have acted responsibly given his influence over small children.
One of the most frequent controversies that BTS has been a part of throughout their career is card manipulation. The rise of BTS has been rapid and on a large international level which has created a lot of surprise and jealousy among others. This has caused the band to face accusations of chart manipulation from time to time. Many couldn’t believe how a rookie group of a teenage couple outsold idols and soon they were hauled into court for card manipulation. However, the court ruled in favor of the group stating that BigHit Music, which went bankrupt in 2015, lacked the resources and funds to manipulate the chart.
Jungkook and not respecting social distancing
The fan favorite member of BTS and very popular Jungkook who is originally known as Jeon Jung-kook has also found himself entangled in controversy and accusations of not keeping up with the Covid-19 protocols. In 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak and people were dying all over the world, safety measures were strict in all countries and social distancing was an integral part of our lives. However, Jungkook was seen at the Itaewon club with a group of his friends having a party, which shocked netizens. People accused him of acting irresponsibly and the band received negative feedback.
Racist remarks provoked death threats to RM
RM Where rap monsteroriginally known as Kim Nam Joon once again found himself in the middle of controversy when netizens accused him of being racist. In an interview in Australia, RM sparked controversy when he said that when he first met V and J Hope he couldn’t see them properly as they were’too black‘. This statement received a ton of backlash and criticism and was seen as racist. As a result, the member faced serious death threats while touring North America in 2015. The agency took this very seriously and immediately canceled the remainder of their “The Red Bullet” tour for protect RM. Similar threats were also made against another member, “Jimin‘ on their 2018 ‘Wings’ tour, which also resulted in heightened security.
When the band was just getting started, in 2014 they released a track named ‘Hormone War‘ which featured controversial and misogynistic lyrics that upset many fans and listeners. In particular, the line “Girls are like an equation / We guys let’s do it (yup) / I’ll give it to you now / A woman is the best gift” sparked the controversy that objectifies women. The band later apologized for the insensitive writing and have since come to terms with the lyrics they use on the tracks.
This is a serious take on any artist as it disrespects their efforts and their art. Likewise, the group has been accused of plagiarism on several occasions during its career. The first accusation dates back to 2015 when some Twitter accounts pointed out that the group’s leader, RM, used lyrics written by them and claimed his own. RM later apologized and accepted the accusations saying he was inspired by interviews, films and even books. Recently in 2021 when the group released the global hit ‘Butter‘He also faced a similar copying allegation’You got me down‘ by Dutch artist Luca De Bonaire. But later, BugHit Music put those claims to rest by stating that the Dutch artist had also bought a similar line from songwriter Sebastien Garcia, who was involved in ‘Butter‘.
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