Recently, GOT7‘s BamBam received criticism for an Instagram post.
BamBam shared multiple pictures from the 2018 GOT7 World Tour in a now-deleted Instagram post. He captioned it “old days 2017-2019,” reminiscing on memories of traveling with his group.
The post was meant to be a fond throwback, yet many netizens took offense to the post as BamBam included photos from GOT7’s time in Russia.
The comment section was filled with netizens calling out BamBam for his inclusion of Russia.
for everyone’s context, the comments section on bambam’s recent instagram upload weren’t very nice.
they were throwback photos from their tour and it just so happens that they were taken in russia. haters took it out of context and blamed him for supporting russia’s terrorism.
— cy 💛 (@doublebeom) August 5, 2022
They felt that the post was made in poor taste, given Russia’s current large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Since the invasion started on February 24, 2022, there have been significant casualties, and many Ukrainian citizens have sought refuge in other countries. Considering the current political situation, many netizens commented their criticism on the post, feeling that BamBam’s inclusion of Russia in his fond reminiscing of the past was too insensitive.
y'all blaming BamBam for reminiscing his days in Russia? dumbest people. pic.twitter.com/WH1ndO5N8h
— seiji 𖤐 (@BambamSeiji) August 5, 2022
Mykolaiv 04.08.2022#BAMBAM_APOLOGIZE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED !!! While Russia is sending us thousands of bombs, destroying schools, kindergartens, hospitals, public places and living quarters!!! #RussiaTerroristState #RussianWarCrimes #got7 #BamBam pic.twitter.com/g4iyoICes3
— UA 🇹🇼⚙️😼 (@b88_ua) August 5, 2022
K-Pop fans also urged BamBam to apologize, trending the topic on Twitter.
gyus,if you still don't understand what is the problem with saying something about Russia,I can explain,you all know what is happening in my country rn and the reason for this is precisely Russia,and therefore when idols support Russia-they automatically suppo pic.twitter.com/PTmoJYXRlJ
— iva (@is289a) August 5, 2022
#BAMBAM_APOLOGIZE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED !!! While Russia is sending us thousands of bombs, destroying schools, kindergartens, hospitals, public places and living quarters!!! (Continued on the photo !!!) #RussiaTerroristState #RussianWarCrimes #got7 #BamBam pic.twitter.com/gSP7k3ZQqi
— ivannadavv (@ivannadavv) August 4, 2022
Upon receiving the criticism, BamBam deleted the post. He later reuploaded most pictures but excluded the ones taken in Russia.
He originally captioned the new post, “happy now?” He has since updated it to “old days.”
Additionally, BamBam took to Twitter to issue an apology. Although in the same tweet, he asked if it was right to bully him for a post when many of the photos were from other countries and not focused on one.
if i upset some of u guys
i want to apologize
but…you guys should know
in that post is alot of photos from different country
y'all come attack me like that
do you think is a right thing to do?
— BamBam (@BamBam1A) August 5, 2022
He later added that he doesn’t feel like he can “even think about [his] old memories now” because of the backlash and criticism.
now i can't even think about my old memories now thank you
— BamBam (@BamBam1A) August 5, 2022
Since BamBam’s updates and reupload, many positive comments towards him have been made.
Still, BamBam’s response to the previous criticism was also met with backlash. Netizens who were offended by his original post didn’t think he gave a sincere apology.
You are a good manipulator. Don't pretend to be a victim. You can have memories about those time but not now, while Ukrainian people are dying because of russia. And your behavior showed your attitude towards the genocide of Ukrainians. Shame on you
— amaterasu (@bbyodaaa) August 5, 2022
Using his words, Ukrainian netizens responded to his last tweet with photos of destruction in their country.
my old memories, thank you russia pic.twitter.com/orXaidQFjW
— роун 🇺🇦 (@setsukoojj) August 5, 2022
I can't even think about my old memories pic.twitter.com/qbBYM2vKwV
— Ужас… ну нічо 🇺🇦 (@kihi_go) August 5, 2022
So, the response has been vastly divided. Many netizens hold the same position as before that BamBam displayed insensitivity considering the current situation.
Maybe you give Ukrainians a right to decide on this?
— Himmel 💚🇺🇦 (@sopejeeny) August 5, 2022
I'm sorry but..wtf. Why do people support bambam? Why do they say him that it's ok to post photos from a terrorist country?
Why people don't understand the fact that russia everyday kills people in Ukraine? #russiaisaterrorisstate #BamBam #Ukraine️ pic.twitter.com/ChNIrYSvDe
— Hey (@oohgoodday) August 5, 2022
Some have even attempted to contact UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), which has supported Ukraine during this difficult time, reminding that BamBam is a Child Protector Representative.
Other netizens have gone so far as to even edit the original photos of BamBam in Russia with current photos showing the destruction of recent events.
Bambam, are u happy now? Good memories in Bucha. Don't you want to publish them. All that shit, that russia had done with our country. #BAMBAM_APOLOGIZE #RussiaTerroristState #RussiaInvadedUkraine pic.twitter.com/To6qcsaUau
— ༺Ліза༻🇺🇦 (@wwhjiza) August 5, 2022
They edited Bambam photos now🤦🏻🤦🏻 this is just wasting my time, I don’t get it! Why him? Why now? What about other kpop idols??
Can’t this people just disappear from earth for good 😭🤌🏻 I want to protect Bambam from all of this please god help me 😭 pic.twitter.com/lj1jprsrBS
— maebeom👷🏻♂️ (@Im_umae) August 7, 2022
Others feel that BamBam’s apology was more than okay. Some even praised him for his authenticity.
Love how real the Got7 guys are. Have a ton of respect for them. Glad to see BamBam calling out the toxicity and lack of thought so many kpop fans have in these situations. Posting a picture of Russia doesn’t mean you support their government. C’mon now. https://t.co/HwDnwEaLMh
— Kal 🐺🐰🏳️🌈 “Bang Chan O’Clock” (@HyungSKZ3) August 5, 2022
K-Pop fans pointed out the hypocrisy of others criticizing BamBam when different idols do the same not only in Russia but in other controversial countries.
ok so if bambam posting a pic in Russia is considered to be supporting them that means that all of your favs should stop touring in the U.S and taking pictures and posting them since the U.S has also committed genocide and is literally funding wars and creating them. https://t.co/roK7AUZlOI
— ushijimas wife⁷ || slaying the house (@sigmamale01) August 5, 2022
us has been invading the middle east for years now but no one gives a fuck when an idol posts pics in the us because it does not mean they are supporting what us is doing same with bambam stop policing people based on instagram posts that does not say shit https://t.co/DBao9DYQGe
— eylül (@yjmaeri) August 5, 2022
Since the continuation of backlash and criticism towards BamBam, Ahgases are urging his company, ABYSS Company, to stand up for its artist and take action against malicious posts.
Dear @ABYSS_COMPANY please take action & sue this person. They spread hate, false information & is accusing your artist. Do something about this very disturbing tweet. (2)
As much as I don't want to post, this is too much. Imagine tagging unicef and accusing BB of bullying?
— Christine ' Yugyeom Concert Ticket Cutie' (@christinee_kyum) August 7, 2022
— YUI636 BB only (@OYUIah) August 5, 2022
— bb. (@kunpbam1a) August 7, 2022
At this time, ABYSS Company has not responded.
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