BTS: From Ah Bangtan Sonyeondan to Males

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BTS members’ determination to go forward with their navy callup quite than attempt to evade or defer it brings to thoughts how two different mega stars in the USA reacted of their time to their very own nationwide service obligations.

All seven members of South Korean mega pop band BTS will do their NS. Jin (actual identify Kim Seokjin) would be the first to begin his 18-month stint in December. The opposite six about to shed their super-cool outfits and fan-killing hairdos for military greys and crew-cuts are RM (Kim Namjoon), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Suga (Min Yoongi), V (Kim Taehyung), Jimin (Park Jimin) and Jungkook’s (Jeon Jeongguk).

South Korea does enable exemption however not from primary coaching. English Premier Leagure staff Tottenhan Hotspur ahead and nationwide soccer staff captain Son Heung-min is one in all three recognized South Korean celebrities who’ve earned exemption. The opposite two have been pianist Cho Seong-jin and wrestler Yang Jung-mo.

BTS ignited the NS exemption highlight due to what they’ve achieved for the nation.

In 2018, when BTS grew to become the primary Okay-pop act to high the Billboard 100 chart, lawmaker Ha Tae-kyung began an enormous debate. The Straits Instances reported: “He argued that ‘there’s a drawback with equity’ if somebody (who) wins first place in a global classical music competitors will get NS exemption however somebody who tops the Billboard chart doesn’t.” BTS have generated billions of {dollars}’ price of fame and enterprise for the nation yearly.

South Koreans stay break up on this difficulty. A ballot by Gallup Korea in April confirmed that whereas 60 per cent of males and 57 per cent of ladies supported NS exemptions for Okay-pop stars, opposition was excessive amongst males aged 18 to 29, with 40 per cent of them voicing objection.

How did different mega celebrities elsewhere take care of their call-up notices?

H-Historical past on-line summed it up: “On April 28, 1967, with the USA at struggle in Vietnam, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, saying ‘I ain’t acquired no quarrel with these Vietcong’. On June 20, 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to 5 years in jail, fined US$10,000 and banned from boxing for 3 years. He stayed out of jail as his case was appealed and returned to the ring on October 26, 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta within the third spherical. On March 8, 1971, Ali fought Joe Frazier within the ‘Struggle of the Century’ and misplaced after 15 rounds, the primary lack of his skilled boxing profession. On June 28 the identical 12 months, the US Supreme Courtroom overturned his conviction for evading the draft.” The Vietnam Warfare was a controversial struggle for People. Far more so, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. I’m wondering what number of distinguished Russians have been within the 300,000 he was making an attempt to draft for his particular operation, with many reportedly voting with their toes and escaping the callup.

Singer Elvis Presley’s draft relationship with the US military was a lot much less black and white than Ali’s. Presley and his backers and Uncle Sam have been making an attempt to get as a lot as they may out of the celebrity’s stint.

The navy was not averse to exploiting Presley’s charisma and fame for its personal functions – to glamourise its picture and promote no matter a part of its world-wide operations it deemed essential with the singer’s assist. It was all the time in negotiations with Presley and his supervisor Col Tom Parker. Presley truly ended up having fun with his military exploits and Parker in the long run used his ward’s military adventures to melt the angle of a sure group of People who noticed Presley because the satan incarnate. By some means Elvis Presley was reworked into a daily GI Joe. Media pictures of him in military uniform grew to become widespread.

BTS and the ROK Military (Daehanminguk Yuk-gun) can also profit from one another.

BTS followers will get used to turning into “navy wives”, promising to face by them without end and ever. As somebody stated, the one factor they might not get used to – the lack of Suga’s lengthy hair – “that tragedy will hang-out followers till the tip of time”.

With that, I want all TISG readers Blissful Deepavali.


Tan Bah Bah, consulting editor of TheIndependent.Sg, is a former senior chief with The Straits Instances. He was additionally managing editor of {a magazine} publishing firm.

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