BTS ARMY is fiercely protective of the K-Pop sensation, and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent comments haven’t gone too well regarding the group and their popularity. In his recent episode, Jimmy Kimmel compared the frenzy around the boy band to Covid-19. During singer and actress Ashley Park’s appearance that aired on January 21, Jimmy Kimmel dove into the fangirling she did after being noticed by BTS.
Jimmy Kimmel mentioned BTS’s appearance on the show and also explained how ARMYs camped outside before their arrival. He went on to say, “They may still be in the parking lot” and remarked to be careful with the fans as they “may attack”. Upon learning that Ashley Park was ARMY herself, he said, “Then you won’t be attacked.”
As she explained her feelings as a fan, she explained how the BTS members opened their personal Instagram accounts just in time for the second season of “Emily in Paris.” The late-night show host remarked that “even Donald Trump isn’t allowed to have this” in reference to the former US president’s account suspension. Ashley also revealed that she was speechless when RM and V reacted to her cover of Dynamite and said that “she was unable to move or speak”. Then, she added that she had been diagnosed with the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus to which Jimmy Kimmel said, “You thought it was BTS fever.” He said: “They are both very dangerous. You’re lucky to make it out alive.
ARMY is furious with his comments and responded on the video saying, “Jimmy Kimmel could have kept his racism and misogyny though – absolutely appalled to tell him the group is as dangerous as COVID, disgusting. There’s no need to call their fans “crazy” or “attackers” either – how about Jimmy football fans? »
Another wrote: “And you know they’ll excuse it as a joke and omg the fans are bothered and attacking everyone instead of admitting the microaggressions and occasional racism the western media keeps throwing at BTS. Jimmy Kimmel I’m disgusted .” “Bruh! U didn’t have to compare them to a disease lol…. I’m sick of American interviewers comparing my idols to illness or COVID. But Ashley, you just rocked… Im proud of you girl,” another wrote.
“It’s funny because these ‘dangerous’ actually gave many a reason to live, delivering a message through their music, giving us hope to carry on,” one added. Another wrote: ‘I’m so tired of Americans comparing Asians to coronavirus, and them getting away with it because it was a ‘joke’. You know very well what you were doing. If you can do the action, you can also face the consequences.
BTS has yet to react to this. Last time out, James Corden faced anger from fans when he called the fandom “15 year old girls”.