BTS band members went to dine at a Korean BBQ restaurant while in NYC.
The co-owner of the restaurant filmed them eating.
The ARMY took offense and flooded the restaurant with negative Yelp reviews.
The ARMY does not play when it comes to their boys. They will protect BTS at all costs and one restaurant in New York City is learning this the hard way. During a recent trip to NYC, the K-pop guys stopped in on popular Korean barbecue chain, Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, for dinner. It's not everyday that one of the biggest bands in the world stops by at your eatery, so restaurant co-owner Bobby Kwak snapped a video of the band members eating at the restaurant and posted it to his Instagram. BTS fans are not having it, though, claiming Bobby violated the group's privacy rights since he filmed them without consent.
Fans also took offense to what he captioned the post. “Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe it’s way past my time but I feel like Big Bang [editor’s note: another Korean boy band] had more talent than BTS. Kinda like Jordan vs. Lebron debate but I will admit they are slowly growing onto me," he wrote comparing the band to another South Korean boy band.
y'all are telling me that bts visited a restaurant (owned by a bigbang stan) just to be secretly filmed and trashed on after leaving????? pic.twitter.com/1Nu6qQBFt7
- selin d-8 (@JOONlEMINIE) May 23, 2019
Saying BigBang is better on your private account when BTS lined your pockets after eating at your ugly restaurant AND secretly filming them. A suing today! Truly messed with the wrong fandom.
- • moonchild • (@manjyune) May 23, 2019
what makes this person think they have the right to insult bts while at the same time exploitating them by filming them at his restaurant without their consent???... just because they’re celebrities? they were CUSTOMERS, what kind of owner does smthing like this to his customers? pic.twitter.com/XiWzqHjtRb
- maddy misses bts (@aesthetaecally) May 23, 2019
Not only did BTS fans take to social media to voice their frustration, but they also flooded the restaurant's Yelp profile with one-star reviews. "Incredibly disappointed. I cannot believe they would film their guests without their consent. Then go on their private social media and post it while talking negatively about their paying customers," read one review.
Commenting on the restaurant's Yelp page has now been disabled, though. The page is now being monitored by Yelp's support team due to recent media reports, says a message on the site.
Taking note of all the backlash, Bobby has since apologized posting a message to his Instagram that reads, "Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while i was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and i take full responsibility. I got star struck. I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice."
Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while i was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and i take full responsibility. I got star struck. I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice.
A post shared by @ bobbykwak on May 23, 2019 at 9:26am PDT
It seems the ARMY doesn't forgive, though, because Bobby's post is still being flooded by BTS fans. "its ok if you prefer other group than them BUT ... your comments were unnecessary and the video too," reads one comment. No word from BTS on the whole ordeal, but chances are their proud of their fans.
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