Chinese state media and social media users criticized a popular South Korean boy band after one of its members thanked his nation’s war veterans.
RM, the lead singer for the band BTS, thanked Korean War veterans during his virtual acceptance speech for a Korea Society award given to him for his work promoting U.S.-Korean relations, according to the Associated Press. Chinese citizens online interpreted RM’s comments as a rebuke of their country since Chinese soldiers fought on the side of North Korea and the Soviet Union during the war.
“We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together and the sacrifices of countless men and women,” RM said in the speech, the AP reported.
He added: “As members of the global community, we should build a deeper understanding and solidarity to be happier together.” (RELATED: Disney Threatened To Pull Out Of Georgia Over Abortion Law, But Filmed ‘Mulan’ In Region Where Chinese Uighurs Are Imprisoned)