What are some unpopular opinions you have about BTS?

  • I’m hella tardy to this party, but let’s take another whack at it. Put on your kettles dear children, we’re having tea.

    There should be less Bangtan Bombs. So many of them are redundant and dumb. No, we don’t need a 2 minute video of the boys eating chicken, complete with inexplicable close ups (which were gross and intrusive, do you think they appreciated that?), nor videos of them eating pizza/reading/on their phones backstage. I realize they’re BH’s precious cash cow, and thus will be mercilessly overexposed, but surely there are times when they look up, see a staff member with a camera, and think “Oh God, here we go.”

    Whenever I watch some of these, I feel sorry for them- they seriously have those cameras shoved in their face all the damn time- and like a barking seal, they’re expected to perk up and perform, to do something funny or cute, because it’s for ARMY. Don’t you dare disappoint ARMY. Make ARMY happy and do something entertaining… and GO! Save them for actual events, or something halfway significant. And no, your precious bias sitting in a chair texting and not speaking, perhaps deliberately so the camera will leave him alone, doesn’t count. There’s no reprieve from the cameras because almost everything they do has a trusty staffer along to film. There must be so much unreleased footage. Speaking of content…

    RUN BTS needs to end. I know why the show started, and it was fun in the beginning, but I almost feel embarrassed watching it. “Our boys” are grown men multi-millionaires who are exhausted and overworked (but for COVID loosening their schedules). Do you think they truly give a shit about the coupon or bag of chips they’re “competing” for, or whatever childish race/contest/game they have to do? RUN BTS is childish and unnecessary, and feels like a waste of time. These guys are in their mid 20s and they’re being made to goof off like children, pandering to fans still young enough to believe their reactions are genuine. Don’t you think there are other things they’d rather be doing?

    Stop taking all the bullshit. This is more about BigHit. The constant narrative BTS presents is one of adoration to ARMY, but it’s emboldening toxic delulus/solo stans/shippers/antis by enabling a sense of entitlement and ownership over the members. ARMY is completely out of control, and the boys are probably about to snap. I don’t need to explain all the ways this fandom is turning into a shitshow, because we all know.

    BigHit is partly to blame for letting things get this bad. Apart from suing a few hateful wretches on twitter, what have they done (seriously- if there’s more, let me know)? They barely stand up for BTS, even though the whole damn company was built on their success. It’s because they’ve backed themselves into a corner with the “ARMY is our everything!” message; if they make public statements (like denouncing the toxic shipping which makes the boys extremely uncomfortable) they’d be buried under an avalanche of hate from entitled kids who have taken BH’s prior silence as confirmation of their delusions. Same if they publicly defended JK’s MARRIED tattoo artist friend, who was terrorized to hell and back. He even apologized for it, because he’d “upset” ARMY. That’s because “fans” know they can step all over the boys and get away with it. They’re out-of-control children who need to be disciplined. It’s either that, or things will continue to worsen.

    They won’t share their future lives with us, and you can thank ARMY. See above. This is more a hard truth than unpopular opinion. ARMY have shown over and over they can’t handle a woman in the member’s vicinity. It’s either death threats/hate or vicious shipping that makes it too uncomfortable to speak to that person again. It’s a shame, because so many fans would be thrilled to see the members with someone who makes them happy. But thanks to a worrying sector, here’s my prediction:

    If they marry a non-celeb, we’ll never know her name or have a picture. If a celeb, we’ll get her name only for public record, and she better have thick AF skin. We’ll never learn how they fell in love or see beautiful wedding photos.

    We’ll never know their children’s names, or see photos. They might not even confirm the births.

    We’ll never get to see how happy they are as husbands and fathers.

    Congratulations toxic ARMYs, there’s an excellent chance you’ve ruined it for everyone else. Why the hell would they share their private happiness with us, when some people make a sport of tearing them down? Honestly, by the time someone announces their engagement, they might already be married for a few years. It’s safer that way. Speaking of women…

    You still think they aren’t dating?! I’ve read some well-written, genuinely thoughtful answers here defending the “they’re too busy to date” and “yes other groups found time, but BTS are busier/more tired/travel more than those groups” arguments. Even if they aren’t seriously dating (true, idol relationships rarely last) there’s no way they haven’t been casually dating or having flings all these years. You think they sit at home every night?

    You think Worldwide Handsome doesn’t go out?! You think Tae only cuddles with Yeotan?? Who do you think softie-romantic Namjoon is kissing? The crabs??

    I realize many ARMYs are school-age, so here’s a secret about adult men, from an adult woman:

    No man on this Earth is “too busy” to get laid. Not one.

    There’s so much sex in the entertainment industry it’d make your head spin. I’m not implying they’re Sinatra-level playboys, because I don’t think they are, but let’s be realistic. Now with COVID, their tour is postponed and they’re staying in Korea. That’s a lot of extra time…

    But if you want to believe the “idols don’t date” lie (it’s the biggest lie in kpop), go stan a rookie group who purvey that fantasy because they have a fandom to build. Senior groups are fed up with all this pandering crap.

    Some of them are likely looking forward to enlistment. I know they adore performing, but it’s obvious they’re tired of idol life and all its bullshit. Enlistment means a break from from the calamity of their job. 2 years of a set schedule, a private work environment, and expectations to act like the serious men they actually are. These aspects are probably very attractive to them, even if they’re not thrilled with enlisting itself. When Jin enlists, I’m sure he’ll do his public farewell with some heartfelt declaration of eternal love for ARMY. Privately, he’ll be thinking “I’m finally getting a break from this.”

    Unnecessary censorship leads to hyper-sexualizing. Again, I’m griping with BigHit. I know most ARMYs are young, but it is necessary to censor Tae’s shoulders? Their stomachs? Namjoon running shirtless on a treadmill? Jin’s chest because his shirt is unbuttoned? By doing this, they’ve made already-hormonal fans hyper-sensitive to the smallest thing. So when we see a glance of JK’s waist because his shirt lifted up, fans go feral online. Even if their showing skin was normalized fans would still freak, but it wouldn’t be this bad. If you don’t believe me, you’re welcome to open the gates of hell that is stan twitter. I’ve warned you.

    BTS aren’t the Kings of Kpop, and they don’t need to win everything. They’re the most prolifically famous and successful kpop group of all time, and no one will come close for quite a while, if ever. They’ve even left Western artists in the dust. Babe, they’ve already won the whole game. That’s not enough for you? At this point, they could never win another award again and still have more than entire companies. Everything they do until enlistment is just another victory lap. Stop hating on other groups who might win over them, and resist the bait to fight with other fandoms (ahemmm toxic blinks when BP won the PCA for Best Tour, I love the girls but YG pulled some shady-ass strings.)

    Don’t be arrogant, but be content in the knowledge the boys don’t need to win every little award. In the future after their enlistment and after they’ve succumbed to the kpop life cycle (yes, it will eventually happen), no one will remember those awards, unless it’s a Grammy. You’ll remember their unprecedented reach of influence, the history-making record-breaking, and selling out the world’s biggest stadiums. No one will remember or honestly care how many VMAs they won in 2020. I’m not discouraging voting, but maybe chill out a little and give another group a chance. Think about how disheartening it must to be to go against BTS for a fan-voted award, knowing you’ll be crushed in votes and will lose, while they win another award like candy.

    Lastly, and at the risk of sounding contradictory, don’t call them the Kings of Kpop. As long as BigBang is even technically active, that title isn’t up for grabs. Have some respect for the group who built this industry for the international stage. BTS took what they built and simply expanded it. BigBang were the first group, not BTS, to win a Western award (2011 Euro VMA for Best Worldwide Act).

    I know it’s exciting being a BTS fan, with constant successes to celebrate, but they’re not the end-all-be-all of kpop. This industry existed long before them, and it will exist long after them.

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