Sofia Carson, an American singer, and actress who is best known for being in Disney‘s The Descendants as well as the show Pretty Little Liars is getting hate for taking a picture with BTS.
The idol group and Sofia were both on the red carpet for the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). While the boys of BTS were on the carpet, Sofia is seen standing next to J-Hope and posing with the boys.
— Eric Ita (@ericitaphoto) May 1, 2019
Suga and V are seen looking her way as she poses with them. They appear confused as to why she was joining their photo.
Many are claiming that it was too out of the blue that she posed with them. She had no affiliations with the group before the photo. Some fans are claiming that she may be using BTS as a way to get attention, and many are also bringing up how rude it was for her to insert herself in the photo.
ummmm I feel like she is looking for some more fame…I hate that. The guys are regular people and like touching him is not something you should do….that was kind of rude
— Evy_Amore+ selling BTS ROSEBOWL TICKETS (@Evy_Amore) May 1, 2019
there is absolutely nothing wrong to take a picture, but randomly appearing and posing beside a member without them knowing is so disrespectful and inappropriate..
— shai loves jin ✨ (@jinisajintleman) May 1, 2019
That was such a clout chasing move 🗿
— ❣💫Manii with luv 💫❣ (@Manii_xbts23) May 1, 2019
Some fans are saying that she isn’t being rude, however. In the video, she can be heard asking the boys if she can join the photo. Sofia also tells BTS that she’s a big fan, and wishes them good luck on the awards shows.
can y’all listen to the video she literally said “im gonna join in with you guys if that’s cool?” and they all said hi
— ⋆ 𝗹𝗲𝘅 ⋆ (@TRlVlALEX) May 1, 2019
Fans are still unhappy, however. They claim that the boys didn’t see her until she touched J-Hope’s shoulder, which could have made them uncomfortable. In East Asian culture, skinship is usually done with people you are close to, so some people found it rude since she touched J-Hope’s shoulder without asking.
evrythg happened so fast & i dont hear her asking if thats okay? she just said she wanted to join in. but 1. she could wait, it’s bts moment, let them finish being photographed, 2. too close proximity as asians we find it uncomfy ppl clinging onto us esp when we’re not friends
— 🐰 𝚓𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚜 𝚟𝚞 (@milkrkive) May 1, 2019
It must be weird for them. They aren’t use to random women coming up and touching them, since it’s not a respectfully thing But I don’t think she meant any harm from that. However next time sis leave them to take a group pic
— Kylie✈️Metlife (@OT7chimchim) May 1, 2019
People also brought up that if it were the other way around, and if a random man she didn’t know join her photo and touch her shoulder, she would probably feel uncomfortable.
Hopefully, the boys of BTS didn’t feel uncomfortable by the sudden interaction.