Daily US Times: BTS, the popular South Korean K-pop group, are facing a backlash in China a member of the band made comments about the Korean War.
The band’s leader, known as RM, mentioned South Korea’s shared “history of pain” with the United States over the 1950-53 conflict, in which the both of the countries fought together.
Chinese social media users reacted angrily over his remarks, as Beijing backed the North in the Korean War.
It also appears that the controversy have affected commercial deals.
Adverts featuring BTS from companies including car manufacturer Hyundai, sports brand Fila and Samsung disappeared from a number of Chinese social media platforms or websites, although it is unclear who removed them.
K-pop has a large following in China and BTS, which is one of the most successful groups, are no different. The band has at least five million fans on China’s popular social media platform Weibo.
RM’s comments came as BTS received an award celebrating relations between South Korea and the US.
He said: “We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women.”
But his words sparked an angry response in China, with Weibo users noting the losses their country suffered.
“Chinese netizens said the band’s totally one-sided attitude to the Korean War hurts their feelings and negates history,” according to China’s state-run Global Times newspaper, adding that the comments were designed to “play up” to US audiences.
According to Reuters news agency, one angry user commented on Weibo: “They [BTS] should not make any money from China.”
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