11:02 am - 07/14/2019

Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour coming to Saudi Arabia

source: BigHitEnt

well, that was a surprise
nekobot 14th-Jul-2019 01:59 pm (UTC)
BH don't care about timing, they only care about money, so this is a dream location for a concert for them. I feel like BH has been scaling back on their "socially conscious" image promo anyway after they realised they don't need it to sell and to be honest which how hypocritical it was I'm actually glad they're slowly taking that out of the mix - I can't put this event location on BTS directly and am not at all surprised but still disgusted. It's almost more funny how oblivious their company is/chooses to be to general public opinion when choosing partners outside of Korea than it is shocking.

As for this being a chance for Arab fans to finally see them: yes it's nice for the (rich, privileged) ones living there, but that will never be an argument for this as it's not even remotely a concern for them. There's a reason why they will show up in the Middle East but won't show their faces in North Africa.

Edited at 2019-07-14 01:59 pm (UTC)
sciencebottle 14th-Jul-2019 02:01 pm (UTC)
You've hit the nail on the head, I completely agree.
infj23 14th-Jul-2019 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yep. Using the fact that BTS promotes itself as socially conscious is a weak argument these days (I'd also argue being an UN ambassador is, too). Over the past few months, BH has been pursuing several business deals for short-term financial security rather than executing a long-term operational plan. Several decisions, announcements, and releases seem like desperate ploys. It's almost as if they didn't learn anything from the attempted collaboration with Yasushi Akimoto.

While I've questioned decisions BH has made, this is the first time I've questioned the direction of the company. It seems like a whack-a-mole strategy and planning right now.
nekobot 14th-Jul-2019 06:07 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much where I stand with this, being more shocked about the utter disregard for their brand/image than the actual performing in SA part. It might be a weird position to take because it sounds like bad behaviour only matters when it's broadcasted to the world but the fact that Big Hit can't be bothered to be seen PRETENDING (not even making a true attempt, but at least acting in a way where it seems like they give a shit about other people thinking they are trying) to be consistent or concerned about anything other than getting the max amount of money with no limit on integrity is what gets me most of all. You could argue that all sorts of countries deserve critique but you can't argue against the fact that there is so much negative attention on SA right now with no non-financial incentive for specifically performing there that it's absolutely impossible that they're being sent oblivious to what's happening and for any other reason than to keep the money train going.
infj23 14th-Jul-2019 10:47 pm (UTC)
BH really had an opportunity to differentiate itself from the other K-ent companies. This just solidifies there is nothing special about them other than receiving the hand of luck. Even the decision to ship TXT off to the US so quickly only underscores the lack of focus and direction.
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