11:02 am - 07/14/2019

Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour coming to Saudi Arabia



source: BigHitEnt

well, that was a surprise
lil_poisonfrog 14th-Jul-2019 07:30 pm (UTC)
Ia, it's nothing but a marketing tool. It's impossible to perform any kind of meaningful activism when you're part of a late stage capitalist machine like the Kpop industry. That's not to say individual idols shouldn't speak on issues they genuinely care about, but BTS has gone far beyond that by making it a part of the group's brand as a whole, in a way no other Kpop group has. Armys can deny it all they want, but the UN shit was very much media played and the guys' occasional lyrics on social issues are used by their fans to argue why BTS "isn't like other Kpop groups/boy bands" or why they don't consider BTS to be idols at all. It's been a big part of their appeal to western fans from the jump. I even saw a heavily liked thread on Twitter the other day about why BTS are LGBT kings or some nonsense, even tho they do the bare minimum in regard, even compared to other idols.

I won't even lie, I thought that stuff was cool in my early days of being a fan. But with how they've p much totally abandoned their old image since making it big in America and handled more recent controversies so poorly...idk I can't take it seriously anymore lol

Edited at 2019-07-14 07:43 pm (UTC)
sheisagentleman 14th-Jul-2019 08:05 pm (UTC)
you’re way more articulate than i am lmao you said exactly what i was thinking!

it’s super unfortunate bc i love their messages and their music really speaks to me. but i’m not delusional and i’m not gonna pretend they’re lgbt+ kings bc yoongi said “gay ppl are ok” once lmao

they keep marketing social issues/activism more and more and try to appropriate that as their brand while speaking less and less about said issues. it’s ridiculous!

the worst part is that other armys gass them up and say they’re outspoken about many thing when they literally barely even speak about these issues anymore. not that they talked about it much, before.
lil_poisonfrog 14th-Jul-2019 08:21 pm (UTC)
they keep marketing social issues/activism more and more and try to appropriate that as their brand while speaking less and less about said issues. it’s ridiculous!

Yup you hit the nail on the head

Edited at 2019-07-14 08:21 pm (UTC)
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