Some Fans Wish BTS Would Do More for the Environment

BTS debuted in South Korea in 2013 and, a few years later, the group became an international phenomenon. Aside from their catchy songs and impeccable dance moves, BTS has also attracted a lot of attention for their positive messages. The members are known for talking about problems faced by young people and encouraging their fans to stay strong during tough times.

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However, not everything BTS does is praised. For example, some people are recently pointing out the group’s lack of promotion for environmentalism. Since climate change is a pressing issue for young folks today, a number of fans wish that BTS would open up more about the importance of going green.

BTS released a commercial for Earth Day 2020

In April, BTS teamed up with Hyundai to release an ad about nature. The initiative was meant to promote the new Hyundai NEXO, which is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

“Hyundai Motors dreams of clean mobility and is teaming up with BTS to start a new initiative to spread positive energy together,” Hyundai said on the company’s website.

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The members of BTS also wrote nature-inspired messages to “raise awareness of today’s beautiful world that needs everyone’s constant attention.”

Some fans think BTS should promote environmentalism more

While the Hyundai ad was a step toward environmentalism, some fans think that the group and their company, Big Hit Entertainment, should speak up about this issue a lot more.

Additionally, users on Reddit also pointed out the fact that, since BTS often travel by private jets and reward fans who buy many copies of their albums as well as countless merchandise, they seem to promote over-consumption more so than reducing waste.

“I honestly don’t see Big Hit being the voice for change for this as long as BTS remain giants in the industry,” one fan noted. “Their endorsements right now are also Fila, Hyundai, and Samsung and are all about buying other new things, which I’m certain ARMY are doing both because they want them and/or to support BTS, and will get them more big endorsements later on.”

Other people came to BTS’s defense

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However, many fans also came to BTS’s defense, pointing out that they are already doing the best they can. The members often live together in a shared house instead of each person having a mansion to himself. Additionally, compared to Americans, South Korean citizens tend to recycle more and are less wasteful.

Moreover, a few people noted that it is understandable for BTS to fly on private planes to keep their privacy from being invaded.

Some fans also reminded others that it is unrealistic for BTS to speak out on every issue that is plaguing the world, with one person saying: “I don’t think BTS needs to publically champion every cause. Doesn’t mean they don’t think it’s important, nor does it mean they don’t support it, but they don’t need to be public about every worthy cause.”

At the end of the day, BTS is not perfect. The members are only humans, and fans understand that they are already doing their best to spread positive ideas around the world.