A video clip of popular male group BTS has gone viral after their manager was spotted raising his hands towards the members in a threatening way.
Published online on December 9th, the short Vine video has already been looped over 6.1 million times in over 28 hours and has also gained furious reaction from both fans and netizens.
In the video, V and Jungkook are dressed in Minion sweaters and baggy pants. As the two enter what looks to be a small building, the group’s manager dressed in black raises his hand towards Jungkook in a threatening manner with the BTS member flinching before the manager continues to scold him.
The clip came from a past broadcast of Mnet‘s Meet & Greet and was included in BTS’ 2016 BTS Season Greeting DVD making video.
In response to the allegations that the manager has been abusing the BTS members, Big Hit Entertainment released the following statement:
“Hello, this is BTS’ agency, Big Hit Entertainment.
We are sorry to have worried fans with the ‘2016 BTS Season’s greeting DVD Making Film’. Big Hit Entertainment prohibits any forceful action on the artists in order to promote them to be able to show their skill and talent freely. We are extremely regretful that such action took place and the action was even recorded and opened in a video that we know mean a lot to fans.
The manager in question has admitted to the wrongness of his actions, and the company has made him step down from his role as a manager, and we will make his superiors take responsibilities for this action as well.
We will strengthen internal security systems to make sure such things do not happen again. We will look into all other reports of such previous instances as well. Should such things happen again we will take strong actions against the person no matter their position or role in the company.
We take the fact that the core of Big Hit Entertainment’s prophecy was shaken very seriously.
We are very sorry that we did not notice and take care of such an issue internally first.
This has provided us with a chance to look back on whether or not we have forgotten the true reason we began this venture. We will make sure the philosophy of ‘respect and trust for artists’ is strengthened through this happening.
Once again we apologize to all fans who love and cherish BTS.”
However, netizens are not satisfied by Big Hit Entertainment’s response as many claim that while the manager was dismissed as the group’s manager, he is technically not fired from the company and is still working within the agency.
Koreaboo has collected reactions from Netizens who commented on the original article from our Korean source. The below comments are the most popular comments at the time of this article being published.
[+2842, -33] Released from his role…; so he is going to be still in the company….
[+2445, -33] What does it matter if he’s released of his duties…they’re going to run into him again in the company. What is he going to hit them again?
[+1981, -29] So it was true…this is pissing me off ㅠㅠ
[+1513, -12] They should have taken care of things better….they let such things happen but they only officially release statements after such an incidence happens..
[+1274, -54] 아Ahh…what a relief ㅠㅠㅠㅠ I hope they apologized to BTS before they apologized to us ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ …ㅠㅠ