One of the hottest topics of debate in K-Pop in recent times has been the topic of BTS and enlistment. It seems as if the media and netizens have been watching the government discuss whether the group should enlist without any real focus on the members’ own views.
On October 17, BTS’s Jin made headlines worldwide when it was announced that he wouldn’t be delaying his enlistment any longer.
In particular, the idol was praised after it was revealed that the idol had canceled the request to delay his enlistment and would be following government protocol after the release of his single.
Yet, although ARMYs have been vocal about the announcement, it seems like the Korean media are also prioritizing the news about Jin’s enlistment and praising him whenever possible.
According to fans in Korea, when the news was first released, it took over media outlets across the country. No matter what was being discussed, the broadcasting networks all made sure to get the news out as quickly as possible.
In particular, many ARMYs have shared that Korean news outlets also seem to be “shading” politicians.
Since the topic of BTS and the military has been discussed, many have accused the government of taking advantage of the group and only considering an exemption for their financial gain. For many ARMYs, Jin’s decision to cancel his extension was a huge blow for the ministry.
Wait let me reword that. SK wanted to wait for the concert,see the impact and based on that decide later.BTS did their thing and 48h later they released the statement that they'll move forward with enlistment.Jin applied to cancel his enlistment extension and follow the procedure
— Nicolle⁷ Rush Hour(slow/ia) (@EgosShadow7) October 17, 2022
Yet, it isn’t just ARMYs praising Jin for his decision. The same media outlets who are continuously relaying the news of Jin’s enlistments are praising the idol for making the decision.
Yonhap news tweeted the article with the caption, “The Reason For BTS’s Decision To Enlist… In BTS Fashion Is To Fulfill Their Promise.” For many, it praised the idol for making his own decision and fulfilling their promise to the country.
BTS 전격 입대 결정 배경은…방탄답게 약속 지켰다 https://t.co/PyzgHmBPyb
— 연합뉴스 (@yonhaptweet) October 17, 2022
If that wasn’t enough, the news outlet then posted videos on their YouTube channels. Each time, they couldn’t stop praising Jin while also touching upon the government, who many netizens thought was taking so long to come up with a decision.
[Hot issue] While politicians are shuffling their feet… BTS “Jin Will Be The First To Enlist” The Decision Is Made/ Yonhap News TV.
The other captions were just as positive, with headlines such as, “BTS’s Eldest Jin Is The First To Salute” and “[Breaking] BTS, Jin Will Be The First To Enlist… Withdraws Petition To Delay/ Yonhap News TV.”
After the screenshots of the headlines were shared, ARMYs couldn’t stop sharing their happiness at how much Jin was getting praised. For many, it was refreshing to see them praising the idol and focusing their criticism on the government.
the silver lining is that looking through kmedia comments, even though the article demographics are 70% male, most of them are saying that the g0vt was in the wrong for dragging it out and using bts for political gain and that jin made an honourable decision, and wishing him well
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) October 17, 2022
K-Media, News channels and netizens praising Kim Seokjin for his brave decision of withdrawing his postponement HIMSELF. And they are criticizing the government now. 😄
WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU JIN#석진아사랑해하트
— JIN PRINT 🏆 SEOKJIN IS COMING (@theJINPRlNT) October 17, 2022
In fact, I have never written about military news on my SNS till now. But news all over country was shocked by his brave decision. It's realtime breaking news in korea. I'll talk his influence is how incredible today.
Look at embarrassed faces of media!
WE WILL WAIT FOR YOU JIN
— star_jin (@nightstar1201) October 17, 2022
Yet, even after all the criticism of the government, ARMYs raised anger after a news outlet released a report saying, “We are planning for a way for [BTS] to perform together after enlisting.”
For many, it raised anger as those enlisted cannot earn money from schedules. So if BTS performed together, they wouldn’t be able to gain anything from it, but many believe the government may be able to capitalize from the group economically.
The fact that Jin took matters of his enlistment into his own hands has made Korean netizens, media, and ARMYs so proud.
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