A huge crowd of ARMYs attended the 2019 Jingle Ball tonight in support for BTS‘s performance. After BTS’s performance ended, Katy Perry was up next on stage but she irked the fans in the wrong way by joking that they were young kids.
When she got on stage, she joked that ARMYs should be happy because “most of you get to stay up late past your bed time.”
katy perry only makes boomer jokes pic.twitter.com/8dxlAzVNwv
— #SEUNGKWAN (@haseulpop) December 7, 2019
As soon as she said that, many of the BTS fans who were staying out of respect for the rest of the performers got up and left the building.
i was preaching telling army to stay earlier but after hearing what katy perry was like….i don't blame y'all, give halsey a few cheers & peacepic.twitter.com/zxHdFuuxnE
— josh (@btstiddies_) December 7, 2019
Those that stayed gave Katy Perry the silent treatment as they didn’t react to her performance and put down their ARMY bombs to give her the “black ocean”.
the crowd at jingle ball really gave katy perry the silent treatment
as if a black ocean wasnt bad enough 😭😭😭
— ً (@pinktweets_r) December 7, 2019
Many fans criticized Katy for making a joke about the ARMYs. They claimed she was being ignorant about how the fanbase was so diverse from all ages to all different kinds of backgrounds.
katy perry a whole grown ass woman who has a whole ass fanbase and probably knows a thing or two about the generalization of fans and their ages really just made a joke about armys saying “you guys get to stay up past your bedtime” she ain’t it.
— i҉ 2 SUGAs Interlude (@ddaengbutera) December 7, 2019
pls someone send this video to katy perry, there’s no age limits to be an army. pic.twitter.com/UfSjPYiKOQ
— ً (@jimskosmos) December 7, 2019
People (and Katy Perry) need to understand BTS has the most DIVERSE fan base, different races, skin tones, religions, ages and genders. We're not teenage girls being crazy over cute boys, we're more, that's why we are the strongest fandom out there. pic.twitter.com/ipwU0pJfCP
— isa (@isadionysus) December 7, 2019
Katy Perry and BTS have not yet responded to the situation.