BTS: UN Response and Other Craziness

Promotional photo of Jeon Jungkook, Kim Seokjin (Jin), Min Yoongi (Suga), Kim Namjoon (RM), Park Jimin, Jung Hoseok (J-Hope), and Kim Taehyung (V). Copyright goes to BTS and the Hybe Corporation.

Hey! Hallie here!

Today has been really eventful for BTS fans. The UN Assembly ended, which we already made a post about, but that wasn’t the end of the BTS news. We got some exciting information and social media posts that showcased BTS’s time in New York so far. We also have some more unfortunate and frustrating news to go over. Nothing extremely surprising, but still unfortunate to go over. And all of it in one day. Here’s to hoping we get all positive news from the rest of BTS’s New York trip in the near future.

James Corden:

James Corden is a bit of a controversial figure. A few people have reported rude altercations he’s had with other celebrities or staff. Some people think he’s so fake that he’s difficult to watch interacting with guests on his show. And some have the very valid criticism that he’s made his movie career by taking roles from LGBTQ+ actors by playing LGBTQ+ characters as a straight man. However “Papa Mochi”, as ARMY has called him in the past, was always praised for the respect he gave BTS. He never talked down to them. He didn’t ask any uncomfortable questions. In fact, he seemed to make BTS comfortable during interviews and BTS enjoyed themselves during their appearances on his show. But James Corden’s respect for BTS and ARMY seems to have run out. While covering BTS’s appearance at the UN Assembly, he called them “unusual guests”. This isn’t at all the worst thing that has been said about BTS, but this wording wrongly perpetuates the idea that BTS doesn’t belong in the UN Assembly. Despite the fact that BTS have been named Presidential Envoys and have spoken for the UN on two occasions before this one. After this, James Corden made a joke that equated ARMY to a large amount of fifteen-year-old girls. ARMY has fought against this stereotype for very good reason. The stereotype goes back to sexism, where entertainment that appeals to teen girls is instantly seen as less valid simply because the fan base is made up of young women. As for ARMY, they aren’t made up of only young girls. There are so many ARMY of so many genders, ages, and nationalities. And even if that weren’t true, BTS has proved their talent and skill so many times that it’s ridiculous to undermine their accomplishments or the amount of people they greatly impact. The way James Corden covered this was tasteless.

Megan Thee Stallion:

BTS met Megan Thee Stallion! They took pictures together to commemorate the occasion with the caption “Butter crew”. The “Butter” remix BTS did with Megan Thee Stallion is one of their best collaborations ever. It’s really nice to see them having fun together! Megan Thee Stallion even posted a picture of herself holding a plush Koya in honor of their meetup. Maybe she’s a Namjoon bias?

Chuseok:

Today BTS celebrated Chuseok from New York! For those who don’t know what Chuseok is, Chuseok can be loosely compared to Thanksgiving. More properly, it’s a Korean celebration of bountiful harvest and a family’s ancestors that’s spent with family members. Jimin gifted us with a photo today to acknowledge the holiday. He looked incredibly good in it. So good that Jimin trended on Twitter because of his similar appearance to Prince Eric from ‘The Little Mermaid’. Later in the day, all seven members went live on VLive to continue the celebration. And for those who live in the US, the live finally occurred at a reasonable time for us! That was until it crashed. And crashed. And crashed. There were times where the live could only manage for a minute before crashing again. After this, the live was deleted from VLive. It was a bit of a mess, but the thought absolutely counts!

James Corden deleted his piece on BTS from social media, which might mean he’s rethinking his words. Or it could mean that he saw the backlash and did so solely for his image. It could even be somewhere in between. I hope for the best, but to be honest, I’m not expecting much. Regardless, I hope that BTS has an excellent rest of their trip in New York. They seem to be having plenty of fun despite the stalking that occurred when they arrived. I only hope that the trip gets even more enjoyable as it goes on. Who knows? They might even meet up with more artists for all of us to get excited over! But overall, I hope they get to relax as well. I love all of this content, but I want them to be able to enjoy themselves too!

Don’t do anything fun until I get back!

Hallie

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