Filipina celebrity Arci Muñoz is famous for her acting skills, talent, beauty, and as well as being an ARMY. She recently became a fan of BTS and has showcased her love for the group on her personal Instagram page.
She has attended BTS’s concert in Seoul and even flew to New York to watch her idols perform at the annual Jingle Ball. She even got a tattoo of BTS’s Love Yourself album logos on her arm, proving that she really is a fan!
She also started posting her adventures as an ARMY on her YouTube channel where she documents her merchandise shopping galore, and visiting places BTS has previously visited among others.
Local ARMYs and her fans enjoyed seeing her love for BTS, but she recently received negative attention after jokingly referring to herself as a “sasaeng fan” of the boy group.
it isn't even arci's first time calling herself a sasaeng,, so what are you saying that she still doesn't know what it means ??? guys wake up !!! pic.twitter.com/a4CuFgMed9
— 일곱 (@yeahphoriax) January 4, 2020
Although she jokingly claimed herself as a sasaeng, she doesn’t necessarily stalk BTS, and only follows the boys on their official schedules and visits places BTS has previously visited such as eating in a restaurant where the members have previously eaten in.
is it just me who’s starting to get really pissed off of arci munoz? you know someone who’s certainly a bandwagon like who tf would even joke about being a sasaeng if you know exactly what it really means like what the fuCK GHORL pic.twitter.com/2D5bkd41hR
— Min 🐱 (@savantyoongi) January 4, 2020
However, fans are sensitive to the topic because they want to protect BTS from “sasaeng fans” and being a “sasaeng” really isn’t something to be joked about.
Other fans defended her and gave her the benefit of the doubt, saying that she just recently got into K-Pop so she probably didn’t know what being a “sasaeng” means, however it wasn’t the first time she described herself as a sasaeng and even shared that she is learning the Korean language.
Local ARMYs compiled a list of “problematic” things she has done as a fan of BTS following her sasaeng joke, and are claiming that she is a “Jimin akgae,” also referred to as a “solo stan,” or someone who just supports one member of a group, but dislikes the rest.
arci got issues before about being a pjm solo stan, mistakenly called jk as park jungkook, said that namjoon's birthday is on september 13 while tae's is on april, said that bts can't speak english and now being a self-proclaimed sasaeng??? idk anymore.
— 𝗷𝗼⁷ ⚖️ (@THL0VESJK) January 4, 2020
She also admitted to creating multiple accounts for more chances of winning the raffle ticketing method for BTS’s recent concert in Seoul which is prohibited.
So this Filipino celebrity admitted on creating 3 fan army membership accounts to be able to get 3 chances in the raffle ticket for a BTS concert…. @bts_bighit @BigHitEnt that shouldn't be allowed y'know 🙃🙃🙃🙃
— (Prod. Suga) Lyn 🍡윤기 덕후🍡양듀x대구보이즈💜 (@LynxSeoltang) January 4, 2020
ARMYs previously educated the actress with what “sasaeng” means, but she used the word to describe herself again which offended a lot of fans. ARMYs are not hating on her, but are simply wishing that she would take the time and effort to educate herself with what “sasaeng” really means and the gravity that word has to K-Pop fans.
WE'RE NOT DA 1ST ONE TO CALLED YOU SASAENG BUT U, WE JUST WANTED TO EDUCATED YOU BUT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO US, ITS OKAY TO ATTEND BTS EVENTS AND VISIT THEIR TOURIST SPOT BUT CALLING YOU A SASAENG BY YOURSELF AND BE PROUD OF IT IS A NO FOR US, ARCI EDUCATE YOURSELF
— DORITOS ⁷ (@jjkbbby) January 4, 2020