SunMi Criticized For Saying BTS Was The Reason For K-Pop’s Global Success
Former Wonder Girls member SunMi, who is currently on her world tour promoting her latest comeback release ‘WARNING’, sat down for an interview with Billboard recently.
You can check out a part of the interview below.
Billboard: You’re one of South Korea’s most popular soloists but you got your start in the Wonder Girls, who also spent some time in the U.S. How have things changed?
SunMi: I can’t believe it. At the time, there was no section of K-pop on Billboard.
Billboard: It’s partially because of the groundwork laid by you and Wonder Girls.
SunMi: No, BTS.
Billboard: What sort of message did you want to share with listeners through last year’s Warning album?
SunMi: The message that I wanted to deliver was to give everyone an individual warning to learn about themselves, about what’s coming, about who they are. I don’t really know my character. I often go up and down, I’m unpredictable. When I was young, I thought that I was limited, but then when I started producing myself I realized, “Oh, I can do this this way.” There were so many more ways to express myself. For example, in my “Gashina” music video, I showed my middle finger. But when I was in an idol group, I couldn’t express myself this way. Now, I can express myself more freely.
Some fans apparently didn’t take it to well when she cited BTS as the main reason for K-Pop’s global success.
I think Sunmi didn’t understand what the word “groundwork” meant.. she, WG, BoA, PSY, SNSD etc.. all helped in getting K-Pop known in the USA, their popularity led to the K-Pop BB chart being created in the first place, they made the foundation for BTS, BP’s success here..
— UmaiR [x x] (@loonatheair) March 29, 2019
Do you agree that the second generation K-Pop acts have been more pivotal in K-Pop’s global success? Or do you agree with SunMi and say that it was BTS that made K-Pop what it is today?