Five years since debut, BTS has faced as much hate as the love they receive now. From debut to even now, haters have the time of their days trying to belittle the members and their careers. BTS is, however, undeniably the hottest boy group from Korea at the moment, proving everything the haters ever said completely wrong.
1. The name “Bangtansonyeondan (방탄소년단, bulletproof scouts)” will bring the group its demise.
When BTS first revealed the group’s upcoming debut under the name “Bangtansonyeondan”, haters got a good laugh out of it. They thought, especially with a name like “Bangtansonyeondan”—or simply because of a name like that—the group would barely last a maximum of two years. They called the name pretentious and cheesy. With the true meaning of the name being, “the bulletproof scouts will protect the teens from the bullets of prejudice and pressure”, it was quite unlike the other K-Pop idol group names at the time.
Of course now, the name is iconic in K-Pop history. Matching like a set with the group’s fandom’s name, A.R.M.Y, these bulletproof scouts are taking over the world. BTS fans appreciate the group’s name and what it signifies, as well as the fandom name and its idea of being the backup support for the boys. So what if the name sounded a little funky at first? BTS and fans both know that life is to embrace and love yourself.
2. BTS is a cheap, fake version of BIGBANG.
As soon as BTS debuted in 2013, with “No More Dream”, haters poured out malicious comments about how the group “tries too hard to be like BIGBANG“ or even, how it “is nothing like BIGBANG and will fail miserably.” Because BTS had initially promoted as the “next generation BIGBANG”, such comparison and hate was inevitable.
In the end, however, most fans realized that BIGBANG and BTS have their own distinct styles and both groups deserve all the love and support they can get. Interestingly, both BIGBANG and BTS faced hate when they first started off, and one of their greatest similarities was their ability to crush those haters’ malicious wills and soar beyond Korea and out into the world.
3. BTS makes bad music and RM’s rap is sh*t.
It broke a thousand hearts when RM went on 4 Things Show and read aloud the malicious comments made about himself. When haters attacked his rap, his lyrics, and his “idol-music” in general, RM seemed disturbed. Haters concluded RM wasn’t the great rapper he made himself out to be…
That is, until RM dropped his mixtape in 2015 and it was chosen as one of the “50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015” by SPIN.com, a division of Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.
Haters, pay attention: “Rap Monster’s debut solo mixtape, RM, takes his chosen genre seriously (even if its cover artwork is circumstantially unwise at best). With smartly snagged instrumentals from Run the Jewels and Big K.R.I.T., a cameo from Tech N9ne sidekick Krizz Kaliko, and surprisingly sturdy hooks on the piano-bar blues “Life” and the hammering standout single “Do You,” Kim Namjoon actually stands a chance of making a dent in the States.“
Since then, RM has not stopped honing his skills. His rap, combined with the other members’ vocals, has taken BTS farther than anyone ever imagined.
4. BTS members are ugly and so-not-idol-material.
The classic card in the hater’s repertoire is the ugly card. When BTS debuted (and even to this day to some degree), haters claimed that BTS’s members were “not idol material because they’re so ugly.” Some haters claimed that certain members were of below-average looks, while others appeared to be “too girly”.
Over time, BTS members’ grew into beautiful, young men and began to prove that their visual game is also as strong as their talents. In fact, members V and Jin have been proclaimed by different plastic surgeons to have “the perfect face”. Jungkook’s thighs have also received a lot of attention and love for being “thicc af”.
… And let’s not forget, this is the group with Mr. Worldwide Handsome.
5. BTS will never last/”make it”.
As is the case with most idol groups, BTS faced the “They’re not going to last” hate. Of all kinds of criticism, perhaps this negative outlook on their blossoming careers is the most hateful. Haters stuck around year after year to continuously underestimate every track the group put out. With every release, haters diminished the group’s hard work and called it a failure. Haters nitpicked each music video and said “No one will watch such crap.”
The numbers have certainly proved haters wrong! BTS has over 19 awards from 2018 alone and the year is barely half way through. The YouTube videos of BTS’s tracks, like “MIC Drop” or “Fake Love”, have well over 100 million views. BTS even has tweets that are among the “Most Liked Tweets in All of Twitter”. The fan base continues to grow worldwide, selling out BTS’s world tour dates. Clearly, BTS is doing more than simply “lasting” as a group – the boys are changing the face of K-Pop.