ARMYs are coming to Tiger JK‘s defense in light of the undeserved criticism he recently received on Twitter.
In a now-deleted tweet, Tiger JK tweeted this screenshot from The Economist‘s Instagram post about their feature article on BTS. He tagged BTS, The Economist, and added a thumbs up emoji.
Surely, there’s nothing wrong with supporting your famous hoobaes? Unfortunately, some fans did not see it this way, having found the article offensive. This quote, in particular, rubbed many the wrong way.
BTS are not your average K-pop band [. . .] they do not conform to the stereotype of the flawless, manufactured idols who are expected to serve as blank screens for fans’ projections.
— The Economist
Tiger JK responded to fans’ backlash about his tweet with a message of love, stating that love is needed during these difficult times. He also explained that he wasn’t putting anyone down by building BTS up.
Normally I Bob and weave and be mad abstract about my messages. But during time of quarantine we need ❤️.About the article from @TheEconomist about @BTS_twt I was just so proud, and wanted to share cuz the pic was nice. Not meant to put down anyone, it ain’t that deep. Love
— 아빠 최고 (@DrunkenTigerJK) April 12, 2020
In the replies, ARMYs are leaving messages of support, assuring Tiger JK that he has nothing to apologize for.
Many are also slamming the “kpoppies” who felt compelled to criticize Tiger JK, calling out their behavior while pointing out Tiger JK’s legendary status.
The way THE Tiger JK has to explain why he posted the economist picture of BTS.. no words. He saw all your ugly quotes & comments about him when all he did was be proud of another artist & their friends. He literally did nothing wrong & as just happy for them.
— 𝑔𝑒𝓁 ⁷ (@euphoriatay) April 12, 2020
Man said BTS transcended kpop and some multis and kpopstans, specifically gg stans and -189ers, came for his neck as if what he said had anything to do with them. And the irony is Tiger JK a legend of K-hip hop twt’d an article saying basically the same thing pic.twitter.com/sas8uIAao5
— chel.⁷ (@del_bangtan) April 11, 2020
love how kpoppies preach about how EVERYBODY should respect and acknowledge 1st gen idols for “pioneering” kpop but completely ignore and disrespect artists like Tiger JK, Seo Taiji and actual music producers and writers just bc they acknowledged that BTS is more than KPOP
— lea⁷ (@seokjinbit) April 11, 2020
naaaahhh. the fact that kpoppies made ti/ger jk tweeted a FCKING APOLOGY for agreeing with The Economist's article about B/T/S. bTCH?! YALL LITERALLY ATTACKING THE TI/GER JK?! THAT HAS BEEN IN KOREAN MUSIC INDUSTRY LONGER THAN YALL FAVES HAVE?! the nerve and stupidity. for real. pic.twitter.com/sQgplYYf0f
— chacha.⁷ is seeing bts (@shflynamu) April 12, 2020
Tiger JK is a highly influential figure in the Korean music industry, credited with helping to shape Korean hip-hop and bring it into the mainstream. The Los Angeles Times once called him “perhaps the most popular Korean rapper in America, Asia, and the world.”
Despite his own massive achievements, Tiger JK remains down to earth. He has continuously shown support for BTS, not because they are popular, but because he truly admires their talent. Like ARMY, Tiger JK knows that BTS’s success didn’t happen overnight. They worked tirelessly to achieve everything they have today.
I truly appreciate RM’s love and support. It seems easy but it isn’t. They worked so hard to get to where they at.
— 아빠 최고 (@DrunkenTigerJK) April 13, 2018