BTS recently unveiled the CONNECT, BTS project that fans were curious about. News regarding the message behind the project began appearing online. Fans found one sentence in an article to be somewhat ambiguous, causing a controversy online.
The sentence in question reads, “All seven members of BTS will take care of the costs for all the events in the five cities.”
행사비용 이외에 작품활동 지원비용같은 다른 비용들은 회사측에서 부담하지 않았을까 싶다가도 ‘모든 행사비용’ 이라고 써진걸 보면 그냥 정말 다 부담한건가 싶고 .. pic.twitter.com/FF0btD9Qgd
— 먹구름 (@espoir_7012_Y) January 15, 2020
Fans are divided in that some are touched that BTS paid for the whole project as a way to gift fans the experience, while others are upset that Big Hit would allow the members to pay for this large-scale project from their own pockets.
“BTS paid for the whole project on their own will as a way to pay back to ARMYs! Please understand their sincere hearts!”
방탄소년단이 아미를 위해 보답의 의미에서 자발적으로 행사비용을 부담한다고 합니다. 진심을 알아주셨으면 해요☺💜
— 소통 제발🍀완두콩 (@kkokko_joa) January 15, 2020
“They paid for the entire project? I was already touched when I heard what this project was about! They are so amazing. I can’t wait to see the exhibitions!”
— 괭이😺⁷ (@mirukucat) January 15, 2020
“Why do the members have to pay for the whole event and not the agency?”
행사비용을 왜… 소속사에서 안하고… 멤버들이…?
— YEON⁷ (@FunnyYeon) January 15, 2020
“What kind of bullshit is this? Who is talking about this bullshit? Can someone let me know what is going on?”
"다섯 도시에서 진행되는 모든 행사 비용은 BTS의 일곱 멤버가 부담한다"…? 뭐라구여? 어디서 이렇게 개가 지껄여;; 아니 무슨 개소리인지 개소리 번역가능 하시분은 쫌 알려주세여~ 개소리하는거라 조는 알아듣질 못하겠어요ㅠㅠㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 밑에 사진 진짜 저희의 반응아닌가요?ㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/Dh1KUVg3IZ
— 𝐇𝐎𝐁𝐘홉🍒⁷ (@0901_JungRang) January 15, 2020
“This is not right? I mean if the boys paid for the event, then the company should at least pay for the exhibition construction costs or something!”
전시회 비용 전액 다 부담은 아니지않아? 그건 말이 안 ,, 애들이 행사비용을 부담한다는거고 전시회 설치, 작가 섭외 등 이런건 비키트가 내겠지 ㅎㅎ
— 뿌히 🐳💞 (@bbuhy_bbuhy) January 15, 2020
This caused more confusion when the original article writer deleted the sentence from the article, speculating that this was not confirmed.
서울신문 기사..내용이 바뀌었어요.. 행사비용관련 부분 삭제되었어요…(오보???👀)
제 관련 트윗도 내렸습니다..
— (부계)BTS the Legend⁷ (@BeautifulSoulB7) January 15, 2020
Some think that the sentence itself was misleading, causing this chaos.
“I think the ‘all events’ part of the sentence is what makes it confusing. Not sure if they mean they are really paying for all the costs or if they mean they will donate the total costs from the event.”
" 모든 행사의 금액은 " 이부분이 애매한게
행사의 모든 금액 이라는건지 모든 행사 금액.. 그러니까.. 전액이 아니라 기부식으로 "모든행사에 금액을 지불한다" 이런뜻인지.. 그래서 뜻전달이 잘못되서
그부분을 급하게 지운게 아닌가 하는
— 나또방생⁷ (@DDo_o_xD) January 15, 2020
Regardless of who paid for it, ARMYs know BTS’s true reasons for creating and starting this project. BTS has always been known to be people who appreciate and respect art and they are always sharing this with their fans.
Below is a clip of RM expressing how he felt after seeing Mark Rothko’s work.
애들이 하고 싶어서 하는거라고 생각해요
작품지원비용은 회사가 행사 전시비용은 방탄이들이 했다는 말도 있고… 물론 빅힛이 잘하고 있는건 없지만 회사가 방탄이들이 하려는걸 반대하려는것도 아니고요. 기획사목적도 아이돌만드는거지 예술은 아니잖아요??
— ⁷다정한 정희망 맘속에 품어 살아요 (@mikrokosmosme) January 15, 2020
During the interview for the project, J-Hope stated, “I think that art’s value truly shines when it is shared with people. I hope that this project will be an opportunity for us to repay our fans for always supporting and loving us.”
전시회 5개의 나라에서 그 긴 기간 동안 시행하는데 행사 비용 전액을 멤버들이 부담한다니.. 너무 리치한거에요… 이럴 때 보면 아 방탄 진짜 부자라는거 실감하게 됨 pic.twitter.com/UjKeWWJNt3
— 셔 주 ⁷ ㅌㅊㅅ (@SHERJU_0613twt) January 15, 2020
What are your thoughts on this?