Internet users responded when significant media outlets from around the globe reported on BTS’s impending military service.
On October 18 KST, a netizen posted a message titled “BTS’s influence is absolutely astounding” in an online discussion forum. Here, the netizen shared screenshots of several international media outlets covering BTS’s choice to serve in the military, attracting attention. The netizen said, “This is amazing in every way. BTS’s enlistment in the army has been covered by news outlets in the US, the UK, Japan, and other countries.”
NBC News, ABC News, BT Entertainment News, Good Morning America, and BBC News were a few of the media sources that covered BTS’s military duty.
“Seriously, it’s only our country [Korea] that mistreats them. Why are they like this when it’s our country that benefits from [BTS}? When you guys come back from the army, please don’t get used by anyone and live however you guys want. As a fan of BTS, I’m getting really sick of this nation (Korea).”
“I can really feel that BTS is a global top star when I see things like this.”
“The fact that they even reported on [BTS’s] economic influence.”
“BTS will remain a legend forever.”
“I really can’t understand why they have to go to the military when the military is just a place where you waste your time.”
“Please don’t use these cultural artists for your own national events, and use the people you let off from the military.”
“Even the president didn’t serve in the military, but nobody is mentioning this.”
“It’s amazing that global news is reporting on BTS’s military.”
“Wow, they’re no joke. Amazing!”
“They’re world stars. There has never been an incident like this before.”