ARMY are calling out the producers of BTS Jungkook‘s “SEVEN” for xenophobic and offensive comments about the star.
BTS’s Jungkook recently released single “SEVEN” has remained on the charts and continues to break records. Jungkook’s performance has earned praise not only from the general public but from his groupmates as well.
Recently, Forbes shared an interview with Andrew Watt and Cirkut, two of the song’s producers and writers, about the track’s success.
The two had many kind things to say about Jungkook, including explaining how Scooter Braun, CEO of HYBE America, knew that the BTS member would make the song a hit.
Forbes interviewed Seven's producers, Watt said that Scooter told them this song can be the biggest song IF Jungkook sings it. Wow! pic.twitter.com/sNMgq9Bb6u
— ☂️⁷ (@stillwjungkook) July 29, 2023
Unfortunately, some other interview content did not sit right with ARMY.
First, Cirkut refers to ARMY as “rabid,” something many consider a continuation of negative stereotypes about fans of K-Pop artists.
“The fan base is absolutely rabid,” Cirkut said about the reception from the singer’s followers, as well as the onslaught of comments and tags he’s received from them on social media. “It’s amazing how fans of BTS and Jung Kook are just so supportive and loyal. It’s just pretty crazy.” About the listeners, Watt said, simply, “There’s not many fan bases like the BTS fan base.”
— Exerpt From Forbes Interview
Next, Andrew Watt compares Jungkook’s release of “SEVEN” to the start of Justin Timberlake’s solo career. Justin Timberlake was an active member of NYSNC until leaving the group upon going solo, an implication not lost on fans.
Yall need to understand what these people are trying to push …they are trying to push a rivalry between the tannies to insinuate that JK go solo this is what Western media does to groups …be grounded army we in for a ride https://t.co/G6GVa7KlpL
— 🦋Angel⁷🦋-FAN ACCOUNT (@ArmyBarb7) July 29, 2023
Stereyotyping the fanbase as 'rabid' aside…..they are trying so hard to brew up the classic "boyband break off" story with BTS like what happened with 1D or nsync. It's like a habit for them to stir up the pot and wait for a scoop that is not happening. And he's korean ffs??? https://t.co/V5jbaSYsVP
— Shai ⁷ ᵇʸ ʲᵏ 🪴 (@snowducktan) July 29, 2023
In the same passage, Watt refers to Jungkook as a “superstar” but makes the distinguishment between his career before and after the release of “SEVEN,” saying he’s now reached the level of “American superstar.”
Now, following “Seven” debuting at No. 1 on various charts, Jung Kook is not just a member of the biggest band in the world but a hitmaker in his own right. And this sits very well with the producers who had a hand in his current globe-dominating success. “It’s similar to Justin Timberlake breaking out of NSync,” Watt stated, comparing the two boy bands and the talents that emerged from them. He went on to call Jung Kook ” so kind and respectful and sweet and such a hard worker” before finishing his thought by saying, “And he’s a superstar, and he’s now an American superstar, which is incredible.”
— Exerpt From Forbes Interview
Fans felt that the statement attempted to take away from Jungkook’s previous success and status as a Korean global superstar while emphasizing his American success as if the most important.
The western media wants bts to be 1d so bad i'm afraid neither solos nor western media will ever get what they want jungkook is KOREAN global superstar not american trying to strip him of his korean identity is xenophobic https://t.co/6WXxJ1Au8G
— nazlı ⁷ (@damngoogie) July 29, 2023
jungkook is not american he is korean, this is such an insult to think that being american is more important and better than him being a korean superstar. i’m so sick of the US always looking down on us, jungkook is and will be bigger than american artists as a KOREAN https://t.co/bhY96YwvCs
— els⁷ (@jimnsjeons) July 29, 2023
The insistence to constantly strip him of his identity as a Korean. Also he has been a GLOBAL superstars for years. The way its Hugh and Forbes who keep writing these disrespectful ass articles. Idk if scooter or whoever is behind this but fuck yall https://t.co/GLbVvMDHjR
— KoCoa x2 (@Stina_35) July 29, 2023
It’s like they need to claim everything as theirs, anything amazing ‘oh we’ll have that’ like he’s some sort of object. He is NOT American and never will be🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/T5F5m8fzce
— Victoria misses her 👨🚀 (@jinsberries) July 29, 2023
What do you think?