After BTS was subjected to allegedly racist rant from a German radio show host, there has been an outpouring of support and solidarity from K-Pop fans and international artists. Radio station Bayern 3 presenter Matthias Matuschik, in reaction to BTS’ recent MTV Unplugged program, calling the band ‘similar to a virus like COVID-19’ and that they should ‘go on a 20-year “vacation” to North Korea’.
American artists like Halsey, MAX, Lauv, who have collaborated with BTS in some capacity in the past few years, have also spoken up in support of the boyband.
“BTS is one of the hardest working and most humble groups in the industry. They deserve all the success they’ve earned. Hearing such hateful words used against them by the radio host at Bayern 3 made me sick. The hate to them and the Asian community as a whole is unacceptable,” wrote MAX, who has collaborated with BTS member Suga on his mixtape.
Lauv said, “standing by my @bts_bighit brothers and everyone continuously effected by racist remarks as hurtful as what we heard on Bayern 3. no one should have to endure this and together we must stand up and stop it.”
Halsey, who delivered the hit song Boy With Luv with BTS, posted on Instagram that she is horrified by the comments from Matuschik. She also referred to the ‘apology’ issued by the radio network, saying that Matuschik did not “intend” to be racist or hurtful.
Matthias also slammed BTS for covering ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay, calling it sacrilege and blasphemy. He went on air calling BTS a virus like COVID and said he hoped a vaccine for them would be available soon. BTS fans, collectively known as ARMY, were appalled by the comments and demanded an apology.