Channel 9’s Broadcast On BTS Draws Criticism + Network Responds

Australian television network Channel 9’s “20 to One” came under fire for their recent broadcast on BTS.

On their June 19 (local time) broadcast, “20 to One” highlighted BTS’s popularity by featuring several skit-style interviews by Australian comedians and actors. Some of the things the hosts said were, “Our […] global craze is so popular it could heal the rift between North and South Korea, provided Kim Jong Un is well into boy bands,” and, “It’s the biggest band you’ve never heard of.”

After the broadcast, BTS’s fans expressed their anger on social media, stating that the show had been racist and offensive. They trended the hashtags #Channel9Apologize and #Channel9ApologizeToBTS on Twitter, demanding an apology from the television network.

In response, Channel 9 relayed to SBS PopAsia, “As a light-hearted entertainment program, it is our belief that last night’s episode of ’20 to One,’ which highlighted the ‘Greatest Global Crazes,’ did not breach any broadcast regulations and was intended to humorously highlight the popularity of the group. We apologize to any who may have been offended by last night’s episode.”

Watch a clip from the broadcast below:

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