Today, BTS made history. What else is new?
That is just how Bangtan Sonyeondan rolls.
The performance was announced months ago. The septet became the first foreign artist ever to perform a solo show at Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd International Stadium earlier yesterday.
Thousands of fans in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia lit up their ARMY bombs with glee. Some BTS fans that are based outside the “usual” tour stops may never get to see their faves live. This was a rare chance for Saudi ARMY to experience a BTS concert in real life.
Maybe this is a sign of hope for ARMY (and K-Pop fans in general) that live outside of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. African ARMY it’s only a matter of time!
Saudi, International, and K-ARMY were seemingly united when it came to being excited about the performance.
Many fans were scrambling to find the right very illegal livestream. On the other hand, some fans had reservations about BTS performing in Saudi Arabia.
The country is reportedly one of the worse places regarding human rights. Which arguably goes against what BTS preaches. However, some fans pointed out this concert was for fans, not a sign of support of Saudi Arabia’s political issues.
Here are some fans reactions:
Arab ARMY deserves a chance to see them just like everyone else
but do Arab armys deserve to not see the boys because of such unforntunate circumstances ? I highly doubt they all agree with their government’s policies https://t.co/QQbYjkz8Yw
— 🎃zion 🎃 (@goldenIushzi) October 11, 2019
Does performing in SA go against what they’re preaching?
Anyone who’s upset over this concert your feelings are completely valid, please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Especially in regards to how this concert has been a slap in the face to LGBTQ+ Army. I understand your pain and frustration, and feel it too.
— On This Day In K-Pop (@onthisdaykpop) October 11, 2019
Former ARMY has some thoughts
I used to be an ARMY (2014-2017) and the fandom as a whole has disillusioned me, but I still respected bts as people. This however… To be the face of a campaign to end violence and then perform for a genocidal, authoritarian regime. I lost so much respect for them.
— bet(h)ter day♟🏳️🌈#BEONYOU (@baekpos_bitch) October 11, 2019
Its just for fans – right?
there are still people being upset abt the concert and doing the most. They performed for fans. people who share the same beliefs as them. Dead it.
— jimin day (@seaseokies) October 11, 2019
Some points were possibly made
I’m trying to figure out why a non Saudi natives, a non Arabs etc have so much to say…. no country is perfect, not Korea not America not Saudi Not the UK like…. pic.twitter.com/MT8POYzXYA
— RED/ORANGE HAIR JIMIN REIGNS OVER ALL (@KameronRenae) October 11, 2019
Honestly, this was the real struggle
where’s my “i have post concert depression even though i watched the concert on 10 different laggy live-streams” squad at😔👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/EEY1HoD6pv
— jade | jongho day ! (@seoksofty) October 11, 2019
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