Ok, I’m taking a deep breath and letting all my emotions come out on this one post. Please do not criticize for my opinion, you can delete your tab now. And this is not directed to any fandom group in an anyway.
I have been a 방탄소년단 (BTS=Bangtan Sonyeondan) stan since 2014. Considering my youth, they helped me go through the tough times when I needed support. Back then they work so hard and tried their best because they were the only group that can support their company. After 2015 with a new album (Most Beautiful Moments in Life Pt.1) It soared from there. They won their first music show award (in Music Bank) as number 1. That day I cried a lot like today, but I’m still not on that topic yet. And so 2016 came like a huge bundle of presents and galore for them. They became even more famous in Korea with Their The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever & WINGS. With their Blood Sweat & Tears, they got hugely popular in Korea. And we got a bit of a competition with exol’s with voting. It was fun and a serious game at the same time. (because of our beloved idols would receive) And so 2017, was Love Yourself era has started, it was a huge movement that impacts a variety of ARMY’s in the world, and I have seen how even faster their messages were coming through as months go by. And now this year is 2018.
2018.. almost coming to an end. But just really, there were a lot of tours and fan meetings in the 2 years 2016-2018. Believe me, it was very hectic for 7 men to have full schedules and considering they went to so many countries. I’m gladful that they release “Burn the Stage” on youtube because they knew that their image was not that type of how they wanted to reflect. And “Burn the Stage the Movie” too. They’ve done so much and they should’ve been so stressed out and so tired due to many offers, and being popular as a group.
Now my true rants start here. As BTS became more popular, people’s criticism arises. It was great for BTS to become popular, but sometimes for me personally it gets too far. I feel like the new fans now these day’s only focus on their looks, and appearance and catchy songs. But not the meanings. Not the hard work that has put in through. The concepts they try to convey for you people to be yourself. The members put themselves out there for us so we can be confident in ourselves too. We as a fandom get as many fans and vote, stream, make projects, create donations for the good, and splurge money on their merchandise.
But the most important part is
To see through yourself, understand, and heal
And to understand that the guys are human too. They understand our emotions and advocate as much as they can do so, that we can see that our messages get across and be conveyed so others can hear our stories
“People think that BTS is too popular.” “Let other Kpop groups have the chance.” “They don’t need that many opportunities.” “BTS is too much, their video was so weird (“Idol mv”).” “America only talks about BTS and not letting other groups have a chance.” “Other Groups have to get on a billboard to be famous as BTS or we don’t have much of a chance.” “If the members of BTS go solo, they won’t have a chance” Their fans are too much handle, they go too crazy over them and rant too much stuff.”
“I got out of BTS because it was too much to handle and I needed to get out of my bubble and stan new groups.”
I have friends who are like those people. I don’t like that they say it about them or us. And if I say that I stan BTS, “Ohhh, BTS is very popular, but their fans are too much.” And they expect me not to have knowledge about other kpop groups(old boy groups) and individual Korean artists as well as k-tv, dramas, entertainment, variety, and cooking shows. (In here they have a smaller knowledge than I have and only know about the kpop world. Not pointing out to other fandoms) They say that they stan other kpop group and “supposedly stan other groups in which they don’t pay attention to”. And I said this recently to a friend ->oh!, did you see new EXO’s new song?! It’s catchy ~. And they say “EXO is old and BTS overshadowed them because of they’re globally famous.”(I like their songs, but do not stan them. It’s because they recently had their music video released)
Can’t I just like other groups music? Why do you have much of a problem of me staning only BTS and not your kpop group?
I’m open-minded about what you people say, but sometimes when I remind you guys that your upsetting me a bit and remind you that I stan BTS, so that we can get to another topic, they always say “well, I’m just saying that BTS is a bit too much and I don’t care what anyone would think because that’s how it is, and they don’t give other fandoms much of a chance because of their “global success”.
FIRST of all, The fans are a huge part of an idols success and that the idol has to create good catchy music in return and be connected to the fans. Because most of the awards out there are voted from fans and popularity of the group. It is NOT BTS fault that they’re popular and they aren’t preventing any kpop group to go out there in the world. BTS NEVER would have imaged to be in the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and be nominated for the Grammy’s. We fan’s petition, emailed, streamed so that their music can go number 1 because in every fan believe that their Artist or Groups should deserve the best. And so everyone knows if you become famous in America the whole world would know about it, Its true and stereotypical that it actually happens in this world.
And so about today, For any Kpop group or artist, the MNET ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS is a huge thing. It is like the Grammy’s for any Korean Artist. For BTS last speech as they won the Award for Artist of the Year (the most important award for any Artist).They said some important things that made me cry and be thankful to be alive in this era to witness it. In reference to their speech one of the members called J-hope, he cried. He rarely does that, and most of the time has a smile on his face. That was really impactful because he couldn’t speak that much because he was overwhelmed with the emotions inside him. He said that “I would’ve cried we won the award or not”. That really made me very emotional. And the last member who talked shocked everyone. That member would be the oldest called Jin. He said “I remember earlier this year. We were going through some hard times mentally. And so we gathered together and talked about whether we should disband (break up) or not. But we gathered up our feelings again and it’s a relief that we were able to achieve great results. To my members who gathered up their feelings, Thank you. Thank you to the members who continue to love and our ARMY thank you so much. Thank you.”
This at the end made me think how much a part of my life would be so different without you guys. And we would have never imaged that the members had some thoughts of disbandment because you guys, have so much love and support around.
At this moment now, today, this second.
No other person can experience these emotions like a fan, a supporter, and a family member of ARMY. No other new fans the next day or other people who will see this the next day would experience as myself and other people who watched it live today.
My last words are that myself and ARMY will support you guys until the end of time.
I love you all with my whole heart~❤︎
And thank you for the people who have read this and I hope that you will at least understand a bit of what I am talking right now (I’m just overwhelmed by own emotions)
Down below is their speech