BTS fans are now asking Corden for “permission for backlash.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the 76th session of the United Nations Assembly introduced guests performers on its General Debate. Compared before, the countries set a stage for the famous South Korean pop boy group, BTS.
Surprisingly, late-night TV host James Corden had a different take on BTS’ presence at the said meeting. He called the ARMY— fans of BTS— as only “15-year-old girls.”
BTS ‘Permission to Dance’ in UN went viral
With nearly 15 million views on YouTube, BTS’ performance in the UN Assembly went viral right after it was posted on their page.
The said video was posted on Monday, Sept. 20, but already gained almost 2 million likes on the platform. If you haven’t watched it, here’s the video below.
It was no longer surprising that BTS was featured as performers in the UN Assembly for this year. After all, the group already made a name in the whole world with its pop music and a wide variety of fans around the globe.
Newsweek also reported that the group was already invited by the UN in 2018 where they spoke in New York City. The BTS was also recognized at the time as the very first K-pop group to address a UN nation.
Although, it seemed like the group only danced around the UN office when nobody’s around. BTS also spoke about the recent events happening in the world, such as the global pandemic, COVID-19 vaccines, and the youth generation today.
In a BGR report, BTS’s so-called leader RM addressed the issue about the teens nowadays called the “lost generation.” He said that he thought otherwise. He believed that the youth today must be called as “welcome generation.”
RM said this as a way for people to understand that youth nowadays do not fear change, and the generation always says “welcome” to anything that will happen or happened in the past.
Another BTS member, J-Hope, also tackled vaccination in the UN Assembly. He said that the BTS is pro-vaccination.
“The vaccination was a sort of ticket to meeting our fans waiting for us and to being able to stand here before you today,” he concluded.
In March 2021, the BTS renewed its contract to support the UNICEF programs by pledging nearly $3 million.
James Corden Backlash from ARMY
In related news about BTS UN’s viral video, late-night TV host James Corden had a different take on the said performance.
Newsweek quoted Corden saying that the ARMY (BTS fans) are just “15-year-old girls [who] found themselves wishing that they were [UN] Secretary-General António Guterres.”
He also called the group “pretty unusual visitors.”
“Lots of people are saying ‘Well why are BTS [at the UN], the world leaders have no choice but to take BTS seriously. At the end of the day, BTS has one of the largest armies on planet Earth.”
The said episode was already deleted from its YouTube page. However, most fans already screen-record Corden’s comments.