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Dagestan Cancels Premiere of BTS' Love Yourself Movie Over Warnings of Homosexuality

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Makhachkala, the capital city of Russia’s majority Muslim republic of Dagestan, has canceled the premiere of South Korean boy band BTS’ concert movie over warnings against the “Korean homosexuals.”

BTS, a seven-member group also known as the Bangtan Boys, has gained a worldwide following since 2013, winning over fans across continents and helping popularize a music genre further afield from Asia. Their concert documentary “BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul” premiers worldwide next month, including in scores of Russian cities on Jan. 26. The film follows the group’s November hit, “Burn the Stage: The Movie,” which “set global cinema alight,” writes the Variety entertainment weekly.

A major movie theater in Makhachkala, however, canceled tickets sales to the new BTS movie one day after its launch, the Kommersant business daily reports.

“We need to stop this outrage … about the band BTS (seven Korean homosexuals),” a local group that opposes “over-the-top immoral behavior” wrote on Instagram, using a derogatory term to describe the band members' purported sexual orientation. A screenshot of the Instagram post was published by the md-gazeta.ru news website.

Kommersant explains that Dagestani Instagram has several popular groups that “oppose ‘freaks,’ ‘debauchery,’ ‘the modernization of fellow citizens,’ as well as any concerts that do not meet the teachings of Islam.”

The BTS movie’s screenings in Russia have been led by the fans’ grassroots social media campaign. Kommersant reports that Makhakala’s Cinema Hall began selling tickets on Dec. 20, after more than 800 fans campaigned to screen the documentary in their city.

Local fans were recommended to download a pirated copy or travel elsewhere, including to the neighboring Muslim-majority city of Grozny, Chechnya, to watch the canceled documentary.

“We all think that these people have nothing else to do,” Kommersant quotes a 16-year-old fan Veriko, who plans to watch the film in Grozny with 10 of her friends, as saying.

Having successfully chased BTS out of Dagestan, local groups have now trained their ire, Kommersant reports, on Mikhail Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita” staged in a local medical school. According to Kommersant, their anger was provoked by a short video of the classic novel’s devil’s ball shared on social media.

Dagestan has previously canceled Russian pop singer Yegor Krid’s show at the urging of MMA champion and hometown kid Khabib Nurmagomedov. Last month, the republic disrupted an anime festival over claims of “debauchery.”

Article source: The Moscow Times
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myrrhcat 28th-Dec-2018 02:36 am (UTC)
man i got excited at the idea that there was actually sth gay in the movie but i guess theyre just mad cuz bts are pretty
rosevael 28th-Dec-2018 03:02 am (UTC)
I’m pretty sure they’re all gay / bi but that’s no reason to cancel them. Russia needs to get its shit together.
onlylexy 28th-Dec-2018 03:44 pm (UTC)
I knew this would happen. I've done readings on them before and yeah not a single member can really claim straight. I'm not surprised this happened at all! But I do want to see the movie even more so now before they decide to not air it anymore.
mallmouse 3rd-Jan-2019 07:55 pm (UTC)
I actually do think at least 2 are straight, but it has nothing to do with that fucked up country's notions. To them straight or not, they wear make up=they're gay=a danger to their perfect world fantasy of bearded men with hair everywhere and oppressed women.
jyusou 28th-Dec-2018 03:43 am (UTC)
hnnng what the fuck lol
lulufairybubble 28th-Dec-2018 03:52 am (UTC)

I cant believe Yoongi got the movie canceled. Omg.

rosevael 28th-Dec-2018 04:01 am (UTC)
lizanka23 28th-Dec-2018 06:55 am (UTC)
i always wonder whose idea it was to include this in the choreo
shawarmafordays 31st-Dec-2018 07:28 am (UTC)
The chemistry they both have together.

kcaomei 28th-Dec-2018 03:59 am (UTC)
swhyeon1991 28th-Dec-2018 04:42 am (UTC)
Imagine BTS making a whole gay movie?? I'd watch it 5 times a day like I pray to God😩😩
b1gay4 28th-Dec-2018 05:26 am (UTC)
donaldjdrumpf 28th-Dec-2018 06:49 am (UTC)
I can understand this decision if this movie is anything as gay as Burn the Stage!

soulhades 28th-Dec-2018 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm dying at this video, thanks for sharing it !
daynr 28th-Dec-2018 06:49 pm (UTC)
lizanka23 28th-Dec-2018 07:06 am (UTC)
i will forever be confused by how heteros think men wearing makeup is the same as having a romantic/sexual relationship with a man. it's like those men that think their sons playing with dolls or dressing up as princesses will make them gay

Edited at 2018-12-28 07:11 am (UTC)
nekobot 28th-Dec-2018 02:42 pm (UTC)
Nothing as fragile as masculinity!
yesungholic 28th-Dec-2018 08:51 am (UTC)
I thought one of them was about to come out! You played me dirty...
premonitioner 28th-Dec-2018 12:57 pm (UTC)
the amount of reaching homophobes do, istg

Edited at 2018-12-28 12:58 pm (UTC)
nekobot 28th-Dec-2018 02:40 pm (UTC)
Homophobia is never funny but ugly conservative men being so threatened by male beauty and elegance that they feel the need to ban it entirely (when there should nothing "threatening" about it unless you have some sort of secret attraction to it that you can't control unless you eliminate the source) will always be hilarious to me. Especially since K-pop has a major element of performative celibacy and purity about it which matches these crooked backwards morals perfectly.

BTS being gay or not is a non-issue because you can't convert someone into having "immoral" feelings for them if they didn't already have that in them but good luck living in denial I guess!
lydzi 28th-Dec-2018 02:55 pm (UTC)
What ?
mikachi613 28th-Dec-2018 03:38 pm (UTC)
okay but this is the country that went balls to the wall to promote its dominance over figure skating of all things
ohbubbajoan 28th-Dec-2018 04:26 pm (UTC)
my heart goes for all the LGBTQ ppl living in that place
rockerista03 31st-Dec-2018 07:22 am (UTC)
Local fans were recommended to download a pirated copy

This is the first time I've seen people be encouraged to get pirated goods instead of watching the actual film lol. I mean I know piracy is a big thing in Russia and the rest of us here in Asia but l o l the government at least pretends they give a shit about anti-piracy laws, man.
shawarmafordays 31st-Dec-2018 07:29 am (UTC)
Yoongi really did throw the first brick, huh.
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