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BTS: Australia’s ‘20 to One’ Forced to Apologize Over Controversial Segment that ARMYs Described as ‘Racist’ and ‘Xenophobic’

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BTS was trending on social media yesterday, but it was not really good news. This is because the group’s fandom called the ARMY had launched a call for an Australian show to apologized to the boyband after the hosts reportedly criticized and dropped racist remarks directed to the group.

Fans were outrage when Channel Nine’s “20 to One” featured BTS, and some known personalities took part in the interview segment. Each of them commented on the success of the Korean idol group, but their words were said to be disgusting as they are full of criticisms, racist, and xenophobic statements.

Aussie ARMYs started the call for apology via Twitter, and many fans around the world joined in with many of them condemning the hosts and interviewees that include Erin Molan, Dave Thornton, Rob Mills, Mel Buttle, Jimmy Carr, and Perez Hilton. The fanbase said that they anticipated the show at first since it will be featuring BTS, but they were extremely disappointed with the report and pointed out that the program purposely chose a clip where the member’s voice was cracking just to make fun of them.

A big supporter of BTS retweeted the ARMYs post and gave his own piece of mind regarding the issue. Luke Waltham, a certified fanboy, also enumerated whet “20 to One” did wrong and many fans agree.

“Literally every sentence said in this video is problematic and is filled with racial undertones and xenophobia,” he tweeted. “Dear @20toOne, you should definitely reflect and apologize for this disgusting, misinformed report about BT and we respectfully ask Channel 9 and the show organizers to apologize and seek to change their ways to ensure that their content is based on inclusion rather than exclusion and racial tendencies.”

Finally, the hashtags #channel9apologise and #channel9apologize have gone viral and “20 to One” was forced to apologize in English and Korean. But the fans are not satisfied with the seemingly insincere apology and demanded the show’s hosts to Nick and Erin to issue a public apology. Watch the clip of the Australian show below:

By Louis Bonquin
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