Korean pop band BTS is coping with criticism in China over statements made by a member referring to the Korean War.
The band’s chief, RM, has talked about South Korea’s shared “history of pain” with the US over the 1950-53 battle, by way of which two worldwide areas clashed collectively.
Chinese social media clients expressed anger over his statements, as China supported the North throughout the War.
Korean band BTS has an infinite fan following in China. It has on the very least 5 million followers on China’s social media web site Weibo.
However, RM’s remarks have moreover affected enterprise points. Various commercials from firms like Samsung, sports activities actions mannequin Fila and automotive producer Hyundai, which incorporates BTS, have been far from many Chinese web sites or social media web sites.
RM’s suggestions acquired right here after the boy band achieved an award celebrating relations between the US and South Korea.
“We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women,” he said.
However, Chinese followers expressed outrage over the remarks. One net individual commented on Weibo, “They [BTS] should not make any money from China,” “If you want to make money from Chinese fans you have to consider Chinese feelings.”
According to the Global Times, a state-run newspaper with a nationalistic perspective, “Chinese netizens said the band’s totally one-sided attitude to the Korean War hurts their feelings and negates history”, together with that the suggestions has been designed to “play up” to US audiences.