South Korean septet BTS received massive criticism and unwarranted hate after leader RM, real name Kim Namjoon, showed his support for disqualified athlete Hwang Dae Heon.
Chinese netizens and other audiences attacked him after the leader cheered for the Korean short-track skater through his Instagram story. Since his comment section on @rkive was limited to people he followed, people proceeded to attack him through their official Instagram account @bts.bighitofficial with puking emojis and other malicious stuff. ARMYs had gone through to protect RM before BigHit Music disabled the comment section.
BTS continues to show their support, this time, not only RM but also rap line member and producer Min Yoongi, Suga, @agustd, who posted a clip of the Winter Olympics and said, translated, “Good Job.” Suga was also one of the first celebrities to congratulate short-track speed skater Choi Min-Jeong for winning the gold medal.
On Wednesday, short track skater Kwak Yoongy and his team won silver medals. The 32-year-old performed the famous hook-step to BTS’ chart smashing hit ‘Dynamite.’ In an interview with Koreaboo, the athlete said that it was his tribute to the band for their support in the early stages of the Olympics.
His tribute went viral catching the attention of RM. In RM’s story, the member wrote, translated, “Yoongy-nim, I watched Dynamite well.” The athlete was awed after he was told of the leader’s reaction during a YouTube Live Session.
Many K-Pop idols carry the burden of being the receivers of netizens’ hate as the Olympics continue. No matter how much hate they’ve been receiving, BTS continues to stand with their country’s athletes, showing solidarity with ARMY behind them to drown the hate with purple hearts.