Fans Of BTS Unhappy With Australia Channel 9’s Statement, Demands For Proper Apology
Although K-Pop is very much spread across the world, racism against K-Pop idols unfortunately still happens and there are many who have negative stereotypes on them.
On June 19, popular idol group BTS was mentioned on Australia Channel Nine, “20 to One”. Initially, fans were glad to see that they were being brought up on the show.
However, as the clip about them went on, fans noticed that the show did not particularly put the 7 boys in a good light but instead found it racist, judgmental of the demographic of BTS’s fans and many more. Check out the clip which a fan had recorded and uploaded on Twitter.
Here is the full report which was given on BTS tonight. Watch at your own will. pic.twitter.com/pW43GQHG11
— AUSTRALIA BTS (@australiabts) June 19, 2019
Comedian Alex Williamson also further escalated the situation with the following tweet.
Shut the fuck up cunt it ain’t racist they just don’t give a fuck about boy bands who are designed solely to extract $ from the hip pocket of 14yo’s. I’ll always revel in the genuine talents of South Korean professors such as Cheon Jinwoo. Fuck these cuntz. https://t.co/6dP7YcKB97
— Alex Williamson (@AlexWilliamson8) June 19, 2019
Fans were unhappy with how the show had twisted the achievements accomplished by BTS as well as the lack of respect towards them. They demanded an apology from the show as well as the commentators that had appeared too.
— tRiddle 💜 있을 때 잘하자 (@tRiddle0920) June 19, 2019
Fans trended hashtags such as #channel9apologize and patiently waited for the channel as well as the organizers of the show for their statement and apology.
Luke Waltham, who is a former writer for HuffPost also shared his opinion on the situation.
Dear Western media, especially Australia’s @Channel9
– stop comparing groups & artists to Western ones. BTS is not the Korean 1D
– Immediately disregarding non-English acts is xenophobic in nature
– Mocking something because you’re ignorant just makes you look like an asshole
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) June 19, 2019
Later through a report by SBS PopAsia, it was mentioned that a spokesperson of Channel 9 had responded.
Despite the response from Channel 9, fans felt that just because the show ‘did not breach any broadcast regulations’, it does not mean that it was not racist, misogynistic and so on.
Many fans also do not seem to be stopping the Twitter trends and hope that they will be able to receive a proper apology as soon as possible.
What do you think about this situation?