A Bavarian radio station is now at the centre of an internet maelstrom after the presenter upset fans of K-Pop band BTS by comparing them to the coronavirus.
A tweet on Thursday, which documented a German radio network presenter’s racist comments on not only the famous boy-band but the entire Asian community, has now gone viral. The tweet exposed Matthias Matuschik’s (Bayern 3 presenter) hateful “jokes” about how BTS is similar to a virus, like the coronavirus.
He went on to say that the boy band should go on a 20-year “vacation” to North Korea and even called them f***wits for covering British rock band Coldplay’s Fix You.
Matuschik said on-air that he hopes that a vaccine is available for the boy band soon.
Roughly translated from German, the radio presenter said, “Nothing against South Korea. You cannot say I’m xenophobic only because of a boy band from South Korea…I have a car from South Korea…Korea rules. Well, South Korea. But BTS actually did a MTV Unplugged; for a boy band, Unplugged is already a paradox in itself.” He said, “This F***wits brag about the fact that they covered Fix You from Coldplay. This is blasphemy, and I am an atheist, this is sacrilege,” adding that they should go back to North Korea for “the next 20 years.”
Perhaps things got even worse when Bayern 3 issued a translated response stating that the radio host was simply playing a “character” who also expressed “his opinion clearly, openly, and without make-up, in his attempt to express his opinion in a clear, open and ironic, exaggerated way and with exaggerated excitement,” not “intending” to be racist or hurtful.
And if that was not enough, even the presenter, while dishing out the comments on BTS, said, “Nothing against South Korea. You cannot say I’m xenophobic only because of a boy band from South Korea…I have a car from South Korea…Korea rules. Well, South Korea. But BTS actually did a MTV Unplugged; for a boy band, Unplugged is already a paradox in itself.”
BTS fans, collectively known as ARMY, are appalled by the comments and demanding an apology with hashtags #Bayern3Apologise, #Bayern3Racist #RassismusBeiBayern3, and #ApologizeToBTS trending on Twitter.
“Not only being racist towards bts but also to the whole entire asian community. being a racist is not an opinion, you offended every asian that heard this. this kind of racism should not be tolerated,” a Twitter user who posted the video wrote.
Writer Jae-Ha Kim tweeted, “Matthias Matuschik wasn’t edgy when he said he hates BTS & likened them to Covid. He knows there’s an epidemic of hatred towards Asians, fueled by public figures like him. I sincerely hope his slander doesn’t incite physical attacks.”