South Korean Ok-pop group BTS is dealing with a backlash in China over feedback a member made concerning the Korean War.
In a speech, the band’s chief, often known as RM, talked about South Korea’s shared “history of pain” with the US over the 1950-53 battle, by which the 2 international locations fought collectively.
But his remarks have angered Chinese social media customers, as Beijing backed the North within the conflict.
The controversy additionally seems to have affected business offers.
Adverts that includes BTS from corporations together with Samsung, sports activities model Fila and automotive producer Hyundai disappeared from plenty of Chinese web sites or social media platforms, though it’s unclear who eliminated them.
Ok-pop has a big following in China and BTS – one of the vital profitable teams – aren’t any totally different, with at the least 5 million followers on China’s fashionable social media platform Weibo.
RM’s feedback got here as BTS obtained 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 mentioned.
But his phrases have been met with an offended response by some social media customers in China, who famous the losses their nation additionally suffered within the conflict.
“They [BTS] should not make any money from China,” one consumer commented on Weibo, reported Reuters information company. “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”, including that the feedback have been designed to “play up” to US audiences.
Around 200,000 South Korean troopers and 36,000 American troopers died throughout the Korean War, in addition to hundreds of thousands of civilians. Chinese state media say 180,000 troopers from China additionally misplaced their lives.
It was troublesome to gauge the size of the backlash to RM’s feedback amongst BTS’s Chinese fan base. Some have been calling on one another to remain low-key and quiet on Weibo posts. And plenty of folks on Twitter defended the group, noting that RM’s speech didn’t point out China instantly.
The seven-member BTS is fashionable around the globe and have damaged plenty of data. Earlier this yr, their single Dynamite grew to become essentially the most considered YouTube video in 24 hours, with 101.1 million views in a day.
The controversy comes days earlier than Big Hit Entertainment, the company that manages BTS, is ready to go public in Seoul in an preliminary public providing anticipated to worth the corporate at as much as $4bn (£3bn).