The episode of BTS Suga‘s Suchwita featuring BIGBANG‘s Taeyang was filled with memorable and wholesome moments as the two K-Pop icons continuously expressed their admiration and respect for each other. Suga even went so far as to say that BIGBANG was a crucial part of BTS’s growth, and Taeyang responded that he drew inspiration from Suga’s group as well.
Some toxic netizens viewed their interactions negatively and began posting harmful comments about the episode online. Many of them were affected when Suga said, “It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that BIGBANG practically made BTS.”
Fans of BTS and BIGBANG, nicknamed ARMYs and VIPs, began criticizing these haters, calling them fake fans. They claimed that Suga should be free to show his admiration and respect for Taeyang. The hashtag “#ProtectSuga” began trending on Twitter, calling for fans to respect the feelings and boundaries of their idols.
Find a person who fanboys over his own members as much as Yoongi does. Fans don't get to dictate who any of the members collab with, befriend or look up to. What's so hard to understand about that? Support BTS, not tear them down #ProtectSuga
WE LOVE YOU YOONGI
WE LOVE YOU SUGA pic.twitter.com/gKnYed5jCy
— blunt_object (@blunt_object) January 20, 2023
— YooMin (@12__Mafuyu) January 19, 2023
Others were frustrated that so-called fans prioritized their emotions over Suga’s since his happiness and fulfillment from meeting one of his role models should come first.
First taehyung, now suga, you guys seriously need some help like fr. It hurts seeing that this yoongi, this all smiley and giggling yoongi because the person he idolize so much is here in front of him, this pure yoongi is getting all these hate. Yeah it hurts. #ProtectSuga pic.twitter.com/OSJ4EUIrzb
— 🐋⁷| rkive. (@rndm_rkive) January 20, 2023
This is insane, Yoongi is pouring his heart out in this episode, he shared his story, his youth with us, he was happy to meet his idol. Just purely sincere. All you toxic army needs to leave this fandom.#ProtectSuga WE LOVE YOU YOONGI pic.twitter.com/ZSs9hUPEjG
— carolina (@carolispurple) January 20, 2023
There are still haters in the K-Pop community who are overly possessive and only spread negativity. Hopefully, more fans can respect idols’ boundaries, personal decisions, and feelings.