As of now, this year has been very memorable for K-pop idol boy group Bangtan Boys, better known as BTS. If one were to describe BTS’ 2015, it would be very successful with many twists and turns like a roller-coaster. The low points of BTS’ career probably include their second fan meet-and-greet being cancelled due to a MERS outbreak and one of their stops in the United States being cancelled due to one of their members, Rap Monster, being threatened with murder. Their high points, however, outshine those aforementioned low points for BTS has been recognized as the best worldwide acts or performers for both the 2015 MTV European Music Awards and 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
Through all those ups and downs BTS has been through this year, it is their fans, known as the A.R.M.Y., who keep the K-pop idol boy group going. Aggressively loyal and understanding, they stand beside Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. So when it came to light that BTS’ manager threatened to hit Jungkook, the A.R.M.Y. were up in arms. Reportedly, they would get retribution as the BTS manager has been fired by BTS’ entertainment label, Big Hit Entertainment.
Thanks to a recording off of a BTS DVD (attached above), the K-pop community, especially the A.R.M.Y., got to see a situation in which the manager of BTS raised his hand in a “threatening” manner towards Jeon Jungkook (known by his stage name of Jungkook), as reported by Korean news outlet Nate. As anyone can see in the recording, the former BTS manager quickly raises his hand to Jungkook who is clearly seen flinching. It isn’t detailed why the former BTS manager raised his hand in the first place, but it does look as if Jungkook did nothing wrong.
Needless to say, the K-pop community, especially the A.R.M.Y. yet again, did not take the situation lying down. Instead, they attacked online Big Hit Entertainment, citing a number of details about the threat as well as their management of BTS. First and foremost, Jungkook was (and still is) a minor by South Korea’s standards (under 20 years of age). Second, BTS is extremely popular among the K-pop community, but Big Hit Entertainment has failed to keep up with the fandom proven by getting rid of the BTS fan question board and lack of communication. Finally, the K-pop community finds it degrading that any member of BTS would be threatened for no good reason, especially with the fact that they are overworked all year long.
The backlash caused Big Hit Entertainment to take swift action, as reported by KpopStarz. They quickly released a statement detailing what was done to the BTS manager who threatened Jungkook.
“We sincerely apologize for worrying fans due to the DVD. We strictly prohibit any actions that diminish the capabilities of artists at Big Hit. The manager in question has acknowledged his mistake and has been removed from his position.”
Take note that Big Hit Entertainment only removed the BTS manager from his current position. He may actually still be working for the entertainment label as they investigate the matter further.
[Image via BTS’ Official Facebook Page]