Nine slammed by BTS fans for “disgusting and racist” segment
The episode numbered the Top 20 global crazes, with BTS at #18. But BTS’ fans around the globe took strong offence to the segment.
Co-host Erin Molan labelled the seven-piece outfit “the biggest band you’ve never heard of”, before explaining “only one band member speaks English”.
UK Comedian Jimmy Carr weighs in with “when I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried… so it could have been worse. But not much worse.”
Shortly afterwards, #channel9apologize was the #1 trending hashtag on Twitter in Australia.
Billboard K-pop editor Jeff Benjamin told TMN the segment made Nine look “very out of touch with what’s actually resonating with young people and quite lazy as entertainers.
“What’s perhaps most unfortunate to me as a journalist though is how the program actually did some substantial research into BTS’ careers, like seeing they spoke at the United Nations, but diminished and belittled such accomplishments into wisecracks.”
Tonight on your program you featured the Korean boy band, @BTS_twt, in your countdown. Many Australian ARMY anticipated it at first, only to be extremely disappointed by your report. You described us as crazy fans, purposely chose clips of BTS voices cracking, +
— AUSTRALIA BTS (@australiabts) June 19, 2019
this is fucking disgusting and racists as fuck @20toOne fucking apologise not only is it rude to the artists but y’all also offended armys this shit ain’t it don’t ever include bts in your shitty show if y’all can’t even give them respectpic.twitter.com/rjsBbiD1eE
— inc kookoo 🏳️🌈 (@incorrectjeon) June 19, 2019
Benjamin also said that the issue was likely a matter of race, and suggested: “If this band were white, I don’t think cracks about how many members there are or jabs at their lyrics would be as present.”
Comedian Alex Williamson felt differently, tweeting “it ain’t racist they just don’t give a fuck about boy bands who are designed solely to extract $ from the hip pocket of 14yo’s.”
Shut the fuck up cunt it ain’t racist they just don’t give a fuck about boy bands who are designed solely to extract $ from the hip pocket of 14yo’s. I’ll always revel in the genuine talents of South Korean professors such as Cheon Jinwoo. Fuck these cuntz. https://t.co/6dP7YcKB97
— Alex Williamson (@AlexWilliamson8) June 19, 2019
That tweet only served to escalate the issue, and #firealexwilliamson began trending.
In classic form, Williamson embraced the hashtag, tweeted “I don’t work guys” and went on to suggest that it was a wider “boybands are a gimmick” issue.
Nova’s Tim Blackwell and singer-actor Rob Mills also appeared in the segment.
— Alex Williamson (@AlexWilliamson8) June 20, 2019
TMN contacted reps for Nine and Williamson for comment, but neither responded.