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BTS is the most phenomenal and most loved group artist of today. Their massive and most dedicated fanbase, ARMYs, continue to support them in what they do best – MUSIC. But while they bring joy to many ARMYs all over the world, there are haters who continue to taint humanity by spreading hate because that’s just what they’re good at. These haters are fueled by xenophobia, crab mentality, small mindedness, envy, and ignorance. For haters who do not understand what crab mentality is, it’s pulling down anyone who achieves or is about to achieve something greater than yours, or your kind. In this article, I’d like to share some of the most notorious acts of racism done by haters on television and radio programming.
1. Mattias Matuschik of Bayern 3 Radio Station
On February 24, 2021, Mattias Matuschik, German radio host of Bayern 3 radio station regarded BTS’ cover of Coldplay’s Fix You as blasphemy, and compared BTS to a virus, saying that he was just about to vomit after discovering their cover of Fix You on MTV Unplugged, then referred to them as a virus that hopefully would have a vaccine soon.
Outraged, ARMYs trended the hashtag #BAYERN3RACIST to demand apology from the radio host and the station for the racist comments towards BTS. To ARMY's dismay, they received three statements defending the host and the program’s theme, explaining that Matuschik was presenting his opinion in an ironic, exaggerated way and his words went too far, but that’s just the theme of the program. This made ARMYs more furious and took to social media by trending the hashtag #RacismIsNotAnOpinion which was participated by different social organizations. As a result, people all over the world united together to hold a campaign called #STOPASIANHATE and spread that on social media along with the hashtag #HATEISAVIRUS. Celebrity artists like Zara Larsson, Lauv, Max, Steve Aoki, and many other helped denounce Matuschik’s comments to support BTS and the Asian community.
2. Channel 9 Hosted by Erin Molan and Nick Cody
Channel 9 is one of Australia’s major TV networks. As part of the network’s 20 to One program which was hosted by Erin Molan and Nick Cody, they aired a tone-deaf segment about BTS where comedians and celebrities expressed racist and xenophobic comments. Rob Mills, an actor, said that their choreo was great, the singing was possible, and that he likes their gangsta names. Mel Buttle, a comedian, said that there’s seven of them which is a lot, so they should fire four of them. Someone also said that they spoked to the UN about hair products.
To call out the program, ARMYs trended the hashtag #Channel9Apologize, but things got even more heated when comedian Alex Williamson further expressed racism and insulted BTS by using derogatory language. ARMYs then trended the hashtag #FireAlexWilliamson to show their discontent towards his foul remarks. As a result, the hashtag united multiple fandoms of K-Pop and western artists when they found out that Alex Williamson practically insults everyone and it has become rampant. It turned out that he has also insulted Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Zayn. Williamson, on the other hand, posted a video on Twitter showing no remorse for his disgustingly bad habit.
3. Boy Band CNCO and iHeartLatino Radio DJ Enrique Santos
On January, 2018, iHeartLatino Radio DJ Enrique Santos interviewed CNCO and asked if they have seen the Koreans (referring to BTS), saying that they’re like the Korean version of CNCO. The boyband laughed and said they like what they do, but sounded sarcastic in saying it. The DJ also responded with sarcasm stating, “Their lyrics are beautiful, right?” CNCO laughed even more and mimicked the Korean language in a very disrespectful way.
ARMYs called their mockery of BTS and Koreans by trending the hashtag #CNCO_Apologize, but no apology was released by Enrique Santos, CNCO, or the show. BTS on the other hand, won the category for Best Boy Band by iHeartRadio awards, beating CNCO.
4. Mi Barrio
Mi Barrio is a Chilean comedy program who, just weeks after BTS spoke against anti-Asian racism, made a parody Covid-19 sketch about BTS which infuriated the ARMYs. In the skit, they mocked BTS’ names and the Korean language and a thread of the incident on Twitter including translations of the sketch and updates on the story has drawn attention from fans around the world. ARMYs trended the hashtag #ElRacismoNoEsComedia which means “Racism is no comedy.” Megamedia took to their Twitter and posted an apology.
5. Dzieñ Dobry TVN
In 2020, Dzieñ, a Polish morning television show received backlash from ARMYs for their comments about BTS while discussing the 100 Most Handsome Faces 2019 where Jin was Top 44, Jimin was Top 19, V was Top 4, and Jungkook was Top 1, winning that year’s 100 Most Handsome Faces by TC Candler.
The female show host told her male counterpart that if you expected Brad Pitt or George Clooney to be at the top, you might be surprised. When they announced Jungkook as the winner, the male made a face. The female host said she has never heard of him, but he isn't very masculine and he's more like a little boy than a man. A reporter from the show asked random Polish citizens for their opinion to compare beauty standards, but instead of showing Jungkook's photo, they showed J-Hope’s. The comments were outright rude and one of the citizens said that you couldn't tell if he was a man or a woman.
Polish ARMYs were outraged and trended the hashtag #DZIENDOBRYTVNISOVERPARTY to express their complete disapproval of the show hosts' rude remarks. Host Anna Kalczyñska-Maciejowska refused to apologize for her comments and instead, responded to ARMYs saying that she personally does not find Jungkook's appearance masculine. TVN on the other hand, apologized by releasing two separate statements.
6. Katerina Kainourgiou and guests on Eutuxeite
On January, 2019, Hostess Katerina and her guests talked about TC Candler’s 100 Most Handsome Faces 2018 for which she asked her male guest about V who responded with, “he's a woman.” The hostess said he's even voted top 5 of the most handsome faces and the man replied with, “they probably have a bad sight.” The hostess then commented, "Is it because he has too much make up? I can't believe there are women who voted for that thing to be on number 5, come on!"
When they proceeded to the next lineup of celebrities on the list and Jeon Jungkook was on Top 2, the panel said he's a singer and asked if he is worthy to be on Top 2. Another man from the panel said that most votes are from South Korea and they commented on his lips looking like salmon. But in this ridiculous conversation, the worst comment was coming from the hostess when she said, "Come on, guys. Handsome Korean men exist. But all these Korean men are objectively ugly." She not only insulted BTS. She insulted Korean men and other K-Pop artists.
ARMYs quickly turned to Twitter using the hashtag #APOLOGIZETOBTS and called out the hosts of the show for showing disrespect towards BTS. Their rude comments were clearly racist and homophobic. Katarina apologized through Instagram by posting two stories on her IG saying that she was not aware of their artistic side.
To compensate for their behavior, they showcased a tribute special for BTS highlighting their achievement as artists and Hostess Katerina commented about her humoristic comments towards BTS’ appearance justifying that she made those comments because they were talking about the most handsome faces. This once again infuriated ARMYs, so they took to social media and expressed their discontent towards Katerina who wasn't sincere at all with her apologies, nor the fact that she even showcased BTS just because she was scared and she had to appease the fans.
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