Fox News host Tucker Carlson He couldn’t be aware of how deep it was BTS army rolls when he criticized the Biden administration for inviting the world-renowned seven-member K-pop boyband to the White House Addressing hate crimes against the AAPI community Tuesday. Or is this the only logical explanation.
There’s a reason BTS’s K-pop fans are such a force: when we need them, they’re there for us.
Carlson appears to be at odds with the fact that BTS is a “K-pop band” that deals with anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States, and that the Biden White House has at times looked to popular culture to spread public health and safety messages. (Carlton also cited TikTok’s 2021 collaboration with the comedian Benito Skinner and then-White House Press Secretary Jean Psaki in a play created to encourage people to get the covid vaccine).
Here’s where Carlson got it wrong: As the kings of K-pop, BTS rules a powerful entity in their fans, known as the BTS Army (which stands for Adorable MC Youth Representative) for a reason. BTS is a group that provides a safe haven to many people, including myself; So when they appear in public at the White House, people around the world listen — and clearly someone The White House knows that.
In the United States, K-pop fan bases have a history of coalescing to counter the efforts of the far right, whether Post hashtagsAnd the thwarting police surveillance efforts During the Black Lives Matter protests or shutdown held by then President Donald Trump. In response to Carlson’s sarcastic comments on Tuesday, the military rallied and mercilessly seized the Fox host on Twitter.
There’s a reason BTS’s K-pop fans are such a force: When we need them, they’re there for us. BTS provides refuge for us. The group shows vulnerability, speaking candidly about the pressures of stardom and the importance of mental health. At a recent concert in Las Vegas, a sign that read, “BTS saved meIt was often spotted. They have the group The entire album is about loving yourselfIn partnership with the Korean Committee for UNICEF.
Last year, elements of the army said Watchman On how BTS’ words spoke to their hearts during their toughest moments. “When I was on my lows last year, staring at my death after a heart attack, they came to the rescue. One reader shared the love-your-self message that pervades most of their music.
At one point during the pandemic, I found myself in a rural part of Virginia, having escaped from Brooklyn with my cat Michael to avoid Covid. One night when I was really bored, I stumbled upon a Blackpink video. The rest, as they say, is history.
As someone who came of age during the heyday of “Rhythm of the Nation” and “thriller,” dance videos have always been a popular feature of my YouTube algorithm. The moment I clicked on K-pop, I couldn’t look away. The precision of the synchronized choreography makes you believe that the performance is somehow computer generated – but the fan-centric content of K-pop online means you can see all the “blood, sweat, and tears” that goes into what we see on stage.
The days during this pandemic have been long and difficult, especially for people who are often the targets of discrimination and hatred.
The days during this pandemic have been long and difficult, especially for people who are often the targets of discrimination and hatred. But when I turn on K-pop, the music immediately provides a safe space to get out of all this clutter.
on my SiriusXM radio show We have an entire day dedicated to K-Pop (it’s Tuesday, in case you were wondering) and our listeners reported that it really does add a bit of vigor in their stride before they face the rest of the week.
This is why BTS at the White House is a moment of celebration for people from all backgrounds who want us all to be a little more empathetic, and lead with empathy, not arrogance. The group, like many of us, has been devastated by the escalation of hate crimes, specifically against the Asian American community.
So say what you want, Tucker Carlson – but when it’s the group you’re looking at in times of emotional need You areYou have to sit and watch.
At the end of the day, it’s the least we can do, and because I don’t want to let maknae jungkook Down, I will act accordingly and let my sympathies and BTS lead the way.