Netizens Have Mixed Reactions To BTS’s V Wearing A Durag In Recent Weverse Live

Netizens share their responses to the video.

BTS‘s V recently went live on the fan-to-artist communication app Weverse to connect with ARMYs after attending American rapper and singer Lil Uzi Vert‘s afterparty following the rapper’s performance at the One Universe Festival 2023 in Seoul.

V caught up with fans, discussing his time at the afterparty and his experience with Lil Uzi Vert.

BTS’s V | Weverse

Shortly after, V showed viewers a red durag that was hanging from the gym equipment behind him. He showed himself trying on the durag, as he stated it was gifted to him.

It’s this. It’s a 두건 (doogun, an umbrella term for all bandanas). I got it as a gift.

— V

The durag was created as a protective tool for Black men to protect textured hair from damage and to maintain hairstyles and curl patterns. The history of the durag can be traced back to the head wraps worn by Black American slaves, which society viewed as “signs of poverty and subordination.

Created as a hair tool for protection, the durag began to be used as an accessory in the 1990s within the Black community as a form of empowerment and reclamation of the durag as a symbol of pride.

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With deeply rooted cultural and historical significance within the Black community, many feel it is cultural appropriation if a person who is not Black wears a durag.

V wearing the durag was met with mixed reactions, with many expressing their disappointment in the action of wearing the durag as an accessory for a person who isn’t Black.

Others defended the action, saying that a durag can be “worn by anyone,” and that V didn’t wear it with ill intentions.

As V was discussing Lil Uzi Vert’s afterparty before showing the gift on camera, some netizens believed it was a gift from the American artist, with some claiming V was showing respect for the gift by wearing it.

In the livestream, however, BTS’s V does not state that the gift is from Lil Uzi Vert. The durag was also seen in a Weverse live filmed prior to the afterparty, seeming to debunk claims that Lil Uzi Vert gifted it.

Mixed reactions continue to grow in response to the recently filmed livestream. At this time, neither BIGHIT MUSIC nor BTS’s V have addressed the backlash.

Source: Thirteen (1) and (2), i-d VICE and Allure