BTS Fans 'ARMYs' Beg For Others Not To Vote For BTS To Perform At Super Bowl
"Seriously #ARMYs we need to stop voting for BTS. Vote for other artists you like, but NOT BTS." A fan tweets.
19 August 2019 by Fachana Techmaneewat
LAS VEGAS - MAY 21: BTS at the 2017 Billboard Awards Press Room at the T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV — Photo by Jean_Nelson
Super Bowl 2020 is coming up in six months, and Billboard is asking fans to vote for who they want to see perform during half-time. And BTS fans? They're begging ARMYs to not vote for BTS.
First of all, let's rewind. What is Super Bowl?
Here's the gist: It's an annual championship game of the National Footbal League (NFL) where the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC) competes against the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC).
During half-time, famous singers/musicians perform on their stage, and their performance usually attracts around 110 million viewers each year. Due to the immense exposure they receive, the musicians often perform at no cost.
It sounds like a great platform to promote BTS; however, ARMYs are begging their peers to not vote for BTS.
Well, check out their tweets below:
Fans are calling out Superbowl's demographic and saying that most of them are toxic. They list incidents where past performers have had their performances slammed by Superbowl viewers. For example, Beyoncé's half-time performance was called out for being racist and having an anti-cop message.
This was due to all of Beyoncé's back-up dancers being black and how their outfits appeared to be a tribute to the Black Panther Party.
*The Black Panther Party was active in the US between 1966-1982, and its core practice was having armed citizens patrolling the city and monitoring the actions of the Oakland Police Department. It aimed to challenge police brutality.
Recently, Maroon 5 has also been dragged on Twitter for their half-time performance. Viewers claimed that their performance was dull and failed to live up to the hype. Even media outlets picked up on it, with NBC News calling it "bland" and "boring" and BBC News saying that the show "fail[ed] to catch fire".
This intense scrutiny from Superbowl viewers has made ARMYs worried that BTS will face the same harsh reviews and that viewers may even ridicule them for singing and rapping in Korean.
Keep in mind that Beyoncé and Maroon 5 have been in the spotlight for many more years than BTS (BTS made their first television debut in the US on 19 November 2017). Yet their performances still received controversy.
Imagine how viewers would react to a lesser-known K-pop group?
And if BTS receives poor reviews, then a long and toxic war could start between ARMYs and NFL viewers. This definitely won't end well, and it might even tarnish BTS' reputation in the US.
But even as ARMYs are calling for each other to not vote for BTS, there are still many who are supporting the vote. After all, in an interview with Time, Yoon-gi said:
I ‘I’m just throwing it out there, but maybe we could perform at the Super Bowl someday.’
And with this being his dream, many ARMYs are willing to make it come true.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, she is currently experimenting with TikTok.