There’s been a surplus of BTS news in America lately and as a long time fan it has been warming my heart. ☺ To see this group who pretty much started from nothing, slowly climb its way up to the top(world wide now) through sheer hard work has been nothing short of miraculous. If you look back you can easily see the difference this last year or two has made. From things like them now having a bigger place for themselves to now also being able to sell out huge venues and of course getting mainstream attention. It’s fantastic really, but I’m certain the thing we as ARMYs above all else truly love the most is that in all this time while their music has changed and evolved, their core messages/values/humbleness has stayed the same. They continue to push themselves as artists and write about meaningful subjects they believe in that people everywhere can relate to. 😄😃🙂
Basically put, there is a lot one could praise them for. Unfortunately though it doesn’t seem like enough of this stuff I mentioned is getting through or brought up by most of their interviewers lately and it’s why I’m making this. Because I’m not sure about you but during this round of promotions in the West I have been left a bit perplexed. 🤔 You see the few times they have gotten anywhere near close to any of these topics it seems they just barely touch on them. Now I ain’t saying that the promotions we have been getting thus far have been bad, a waste of time, or anything of the sort. But more like I wish we could be getting a few of these interviews to go a bit deeper is all. At least more so than the typical surface level questions we’ve been getting a lot of:
(Who is your favorite celeb crush, how does it feel to be performing at the AMAs, which American artist would you like to collaborate with, and of course the will you be releasing any English songs or an English album in the future ones?)
Not to say that those type of questions shouldn’t be asked but I do think we are at the point were you need to diversify it up. Cuz everything is starting to blend together because it’s all so similar. Like there is so much good stuff you have a chance to ask about and bring up instead, things that are pretty recent too. Like can you interviewers please bring up the Love Myself campaign for example, cuz that would be all kinds of dope. I mean you got a group in front of you trying to help children on a world wide scale in cooperation with UNICEF(The United Nations Children’s Fund ). A cause for which they are even donating a percentage of all their Love Yourself: Her album sales. 😇 THAT seems like it could be of interest to Americans more than let’s say what their fave crushes are, or am I wrong?
Or if you do wanna talk about how they feel to be at the AMAs, you could try to bring up how they are such “underdogs” in this since they’re from a very small label. I feel this specially could connect them even more so to a wider audience because who doesn’t love a good underdog story? For starters I think people would be amazed to know the entire company they’re from is made up of only like what, maybe 50-70ish employees max. Which compared to other popular companies from Korea out there..is a drop in the bucket. Take JYP or YG as examples. Two of the biggest labels in Korea, they respectably easily have on wards of 100 maybe to even close to a 1,000 employees working for them and I’m pretty sure that isn’t counting the actual artists they represent.
Then you also got the whole “they practice 12 hours a day” angle that could be interesting too, because talk about amazing work ethic that is respectable am I right? 😮 I remember seeing that pop up on one international interview back around April and I thought it woulda been cool if it could have been explored more. It could also be tied to, if you did some research, to how V on an episode of Celeb Bros casually dropped that he hadn’t been out with a friend in 2 and half years. And I’m sure that coulda probs been exaggerated said in hyperbole and actually not 100% true. However I do think there is a level of truth to it which could segue into exploring the social costs to being an idol.
And these things I’m bringing up are only the tip of the ice berg I think. Yet so far, if you are a non kpop fan, all you will be getting from most of these interviews are:
- They’re a kpop group
- They will be performing at the AMAs
- They feel amazing to be there
- Oh and we now know who their fave international crushes are
So basically..It’s a shame all these new potential ARMYs aren’t getting a chance to see their best traits right of the bat. With that said, I do have hope for the future because I’m sure the quality will grow the more BTS gets to promote here and yes I’m sure they will be back. 😉 Plus I know a lot of these publications aren’t like the go to place for hard hitting journalism in the first place. But if I could give them at least one piece of advice, one that will for sure help. It would be to hire a translator please, because if the reason is that they don’t wanna ask anything too complicated on account of the members not all knowing English…well then they should be able to speak in Korean to get their points across anyways.
Seriously all you famous publications can surely hire someone to put up some subtitles of what they say or something. It’s done when American’s go overseas and I don’t see why it can’t work the other way too. 😀 That way we could get them all to share and it wont all be on RM’s shoulders to carry the whole thing. Plus to me I don’t think they NEED to be speaking English to be honest and if anything if they do it should be considered a nice extra.. at least that’s what I think. Anyways, been wanting to get that off my chest. Hopefully it wasn’t too ranty or too much a downer and you got where I’m coming from. Feel free to disagree.
In the end again like I said previously I do think it is cool that they are getting all this extra exposure and I am finding these interviews enjoyable. I simply want people to get a chance to know this isn’t your typical group and that they surely aren’t the “stereotype” of what people have been conditioned to believe boy groups are like. They are much deeper and their fandom comes in all shapes and sizes for a variety of reasons. Anywho enough of my ramblings how abouts you share your thoughts with me instead. ^____^
P.S. I think this time around this has been the best interview so far. There was good back and forth and the whole thing felt very laid back and chill. We got a little more from the members but I do think the interviewer coulda done a bit more research himself. At one point he asked them do they dance at their concerts…*face palm*. lol he did make it a welcoming environment though. 🙂 I will keep you updated on any juicy interviews going forward.
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