Samsung removed products referring to the world’s most famous South Korean pop (K-pop) band Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS), Chinese communist propaganda newspaper Global Times claimed on Sunday, after communists expressed outrage that the band applauded the relationship between South Korea and America.
BTS is one of the few acts in a crowded K-pop industry that has managed to break through into major international markets, including the United States. The group, whose output mostly consists of innocuous boy-band love songs, made history last year as the first South Korean musical group to perform on Saturday Night Live. The band’s fan base, known as “BTS Army,” are responsible for generating billions of dollars between consuming music, concerts, and band merchandise.
Last week, the Korea Society honored BTS with its James A. Van Fleet Award, the youngest-ever honorees of that award. The Van Fleet Award, named after the renowned American general who founded the