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Fans accept BTS member’s mistake

In its official Instagram, the Empire State Building shared a photo commemorating K-pop band BTS’ visit to the New York skyscraper on May 22.

Then, it instantly caught some fans by surprise because of white letters written on Jimin’s black T-shirt. It is a Russian phrase, which means “f**k you” in English.

Instead of criticizing Jimin, fans defended him, saying that he would not have worn it if he had known the meaning.

This is not the first time for Jimin to make headlines with his T-shirt.

Last November, some Japanese took issue with a picture of Jimin wearing a T-shirt showing the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan.

Back then, some blasted Jimin for wearing a shirt showing the 1945 Hiroshima bombing that killed hundreds of thousands of people. It also had slogans about Korean independence from the Japanese colonial rule (1910-45).

BTS agency BitHit Entertainment, which debuted the idol group in 2013, said that it is not a costume designed to hurt the victims of the tragic history, but many did not buy the explanation.

The controversy eventually prompted a Japanese TV show to cancel the seven-member boy band’s appearance.

Despite the controversies, however, BTS cruises smoothly.

On the latest chart released by the U.S. Billboard, the septet’s latest album “Map of the Soul: Persona” ranked 17th on Billboard 200 and its title track “Boy With Luv” ranked 61st on Billboard Hot 100.

BTS remained in the main album and singles charts for the fifth week in succession after its comeback midway through last month.

The band is now on a globe-trotting concert tour. After finishing six sold-out concerts in the United States, it will perform in Sao Paulo this week before heading toward Europe next week.


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Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.