On January 5, KST, multiple Korean media outlets reported about BTS RM‘s visit to the Hwaeomsa Temple in Mount Jirisan. Though he himself had posted pictures from the visit on his Instagram, fans were surprised to see that media outlets were quoting the temple’s chief monk, who had spent some time talking to RM about his personal affairs.
There were two highlights in the articles—one, that RM has been donating 500 bags every year to Good World Charity Bank, a children’s relief organization headed by Venerable Deokmun, the head of the Hwaeomsa Temple, and two, that he talked about his enlistment with monk Deokmun when he directly asked RM about BTS’s military exemption expectations.
The news spread all over the internet, and while fans were praising RM for his sincere charity work, many also raised concerns over whether his private conversation with the monk was being broadcasted with his consent. A few hours later, RM posted multiple Instagram stories, seemingly expressing his disapproval of the whole thing. In the first story, he posted a screenshot of the article with a caption stating that he didn’t expect articles to be written about this matter.
I was grateful for the time spent there, but didn’t expect an article about it…😂
— RM via Instagram
In the next story, he said that the next time he would go to some other temple to keep his visit quiet, followed by another story with the hashtag “lowkeymustbelowkey.”
Next time I’ll make a quiet visit to a different temple…
— RM via Instagram
Fans also noticed that he deleted all posts from his Instagram feed that included pictures from his visit to the temple.
Namjoon archived/deleted this post. https://t.co/HYE7Az6gS2
— Kim Namjoon Source (@KNJsSource) January 4, 2023
All these actions combined, it is clear to ARMYs that the media reports disrespected RM’s personal boundaries, and the conversation, just like Jin’s enlistment date announcement, are not something the BTS member consented to be publicized. Since then, fans have been showing support for the artist, demanding that his privacy be left alone.
he shouldn’t even have to do any of this man like he should be able to visit a temple without having to think twice abt someone going behind his back like that ugh
— nessa ☽⁷ (@nessapjm) January 4, 2023
no because when i read that tweet about the monk telling the media bits of his convo with joon i was so confused because.. are you supposed to reveal that WHY would u immediately go to the media
— can⁷ (@jkzpop) January 4, 2023
Namjoon’s got every right to be pissed. He’s actually being much nicer.
IF NAMJOON CANNOT FIND PRIVACY IN A SACRED PLACE WHERE CAN ELSE CAN HE FIND IT?
He must be feeling so suffocated, violated and vulnerable now. if even a monk is running to reporters… is namjoon not human?
— Mu⁷❤️🔥 (@130613fate) January 4, 2023
this is getting under my skin as a spiritual guide u are meant to release ppl of their burdens privately and not share anything with anyone he went there exactly for that whys he less than anybody else who goes there and gets privacy.. why cant he experience that
— omega gf ⁷ (@lucifrian) January 4, 2023
At the same time, fans have been mindful of reminding each other not to misdirect their anger at the temple or the religion itself.
please be cautious talking about this situation. joon deserves the ability to live a normal life with relationships he can trust, but don't confuse anger towards that specific monk with anger towards an entire religion or a larger space of worship…
— joonversion therapy (@hobibihoba) January 4, 2023