Recently, BTS‘s RM posted a few pictures from what looked like a surprise birthday celebration at his house on his Instagram story and sent ARMYs down a spiral immediately.
The reason: no one could tell who the person was in those pictures. The first photo was of a man doing a full bow. The second one was a blurry picture seemingly of the same person, judging by the outfit, and RM had tagged the account of Lee Tae Hoon, the marketing director of Nike Korea, on that photo. But in both the photos, the faces were not visible at all.
So, ARMYs went down a rabbit hole of debates and analysis to figure out if it was RM himself or Lee Tae Hoon, or someone else, and if it was not RM, then why would that person kneel in the first photo?
Team “It’s RM, not Lee Tae Hoon” had some solid arguments to offer.
Guys I'm pretty sure the blurry pic IS Namjoon in the story and not Tae Hoon Lee pic.twitter.com/CB8DvsUbls
— happy namjoon day 🌱 (@loopsofnj) September 11, 2022
it's joon, the dimple, the hair, it has to be joon
— cza is at joon's birthday bash (@namjooningrn) September 11, 2022
It has too be Joon. Tae Hoon Lee doesn’t look like this, and he has short hair. I think Joon tagged him to cover the Nike logo
— Janette🚲 (@moniscloud) September 11, 2022
While team “It’s not RM” also made valid points.
Shoulders aren't wide enough. Jaw line doesn't look like Joon. I don't think it is him.
— ⟭⟬Gwen 💜 Sexy Nukim⟬⟭⁷ ᴮᴱ ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ🐨OT7 (@gwenmorgan84) September 11, 2022
THAT’S NOT JOON. THERE BODY STRUCTURE, DIMPLES, ARE DIFFERENT 😭 pic.twitter.com/siTPCLJGOV
— ʙᴛssᴏᴍᴍᴀ⁷ Joon day 🌿 (@btssomma) September 11, 2022
Even though RM did a birthday-special live stream a few hours ago, he didn’t clarify if it was him in the pictures or someone else. So, the mystery continues to live, and ARMYs are left wondering if their power to recognize BTS members really got defeated by mere blurry effects on a photo.
like wdym i can recognise a bts member by their eyelid but joons story threw me so far off a cliff like i am questioning my phd in btsology rn
— bts 🪂 (@jeonboops) September 11, 2022