[PANN] 170121 BTS Shota controversy



#We are writing this to inform you and to prevent the incitement and help you focus on the topic caused by the rumors spread by other site members#


Hello. This is BTS fantalk. This is a feedback produced by BTS fantalk to address the post on Entertalk this morning and the post that was shared on another cafe with the title "BTS's concept that requires feedback". We are dealing with the content of "BTS's concept related to shota" so I hope you will compare this post with the original post. Thank you.

(T/N: Shota is a slang like "Lolita". People who are attracted to young boys, in this case, they're accusing BTS of triggering this kind of people with their concept)



BTS's concept that requires feedback

http://cafe.daum.net/cs11sz/LG19/287673?q=%B9%E6%C5%BA%BC%D2%B3%E2%B4%DC

The following is our feedback to the short pants and sailor uniform outfits and their choreography during "I NEED U" which were mentioned in the original post (negative post).


If "short pants" are considered shota, the members all wore long pants during their early promotion days 20150507. 
If they wore long pants during the end of their promotion, we could say "they wore long pants to hide their intention to promote shota". However, BTS did not wear any short pants (which some of you claim to be shota) during their first week of comeback which is considered to be the most important period to show their true concept to the audience. 
And not all members wore short pants. At least more than one wore long pants.
And I NEED U choreography was changed many times.


[BTS puts on the unstable youth]

BTS presents the most different visual ever since their debut. They took away a bit of their intense gaze they had when they looked into the cameras and filled the frames with more mellow and comfortable vibes. The photos of <HYYH pt.1> chose "flower" as the key symbol as it resembles youth well. The group visited Cheomseongda Yuchae flower field, Gyeongju Bomun Pavilion famous for Cherry Blossoms and the beach to express the solitary emotions. The cherry blossoms bloomed beautifully but the eyes of BTS members standing in this background looked somewhat unstable. The members expressed the unstableness of youth which is their theme of the album with their uncertain-looking gazes contrasting from the bright background.



Q. How do you overcome such stress?

Son Sungdeuk: I just try to produce something. I couldn't think of the choreography for "I NEED U" so I told Sihyuk hyung and went down to my hometown, Busan. I had no idea in my head at that time. There's a park in Busan where I used to practice and dream about having this job. I went there, laid down on a bench and slept. While sleeping, I thought about the present youths and I thought a lot about the concept "HYYH" and the idea that rushed into my head was "I NEED U".


We think we read somewhere in the interview (maybe), "..tried to talk about the unstableness of an early youth"

Intersecting youth above the base created by dark sentiments like murder, suicide, and violence is interesting. They put the things which aren't easy for idols to talk about under a theme called "HYYH". -They captured the darkness that draws during the brightest moment in life- 

The focus is on "boys" that overcome this darkness. This is a directing created with determination. They recreated the unstable and wandering with a new keyboard "boy". This image of a "boy" is the message that penetrates the entire HYYH.




During their promotion, BTS's concept was "boys" suffering from the unstableness of youth so their lyrics and choreography reflected many elements of a boy's wandering, rebellion, and youth. The wave moves in their choreography and the way they look at the camera which are mentioned in the original post are some of the elements that express such uncertainty of a boy. Also, changes were made in their choreography. And the other key point, short pants mentioned in the original post were only worn during the latter half of their promotion. This will explain that short pants cannot be an issue because you also see members wearing long pants in their photoshoot and during their promotions. 





Sailor uniform appeared as the uniforms worn by navy working on deck during the 19th century. As it was difficult for the officers to hear one another due to the strong wind, they would talk to each other by lifting the unique large collar of their uniform and it's said that the inverted triangle shape in front of the chest was made that way to help them swim easily by tearing their uniforms if they fall into the sea. They would a scarf in the front of their uniform and it's also said that it was used like a handkerchief by the seaman. 

Moreover, the members wore the marine look from the latter half of their promotion. This uniform was originally made in the UK and it changed into a school uniform when this marine look travelled to Japan. In other words, the outfit worn by BTS members was "marine look" and had nothing to do with sailor school uniform and this also has nothing to do with shota.



What was the most satisfying work?

BTS's <HYYH> series. Like <Trainspotting>, I wanted them to have the vibes of backstreet boys rather than sons of wealthy families. It was the hardest work but it was fun. I made them wear short pants during <HYYH pt.1> and many people expressed their opinion about men wearing short pants. I wanted to break that stereotype.


This is an interview of the outfit director of BTS. Conversely, he chose short pants to express the unstable youths of HYYH and he tried to "break away from the stereotype". This is also quite difficult to link with shota.


And these are the photos from their photobook that's creating an issue



The original post pointed out the length of the shorts and created a controversy but


You can tell that his shorts are quite long. And he had a balloon in his mouth 


only to blow it up so it's hard to conclude that this has anything to do with sexual image.


and the photo that's causing the biggest issue






The concept of this photoshoot was fairies that just woke up from their sleep as the title of the photoshoot was "wake up". Also, "I will take you" from their photobook means "I will guide you". Neverland is the concept of the photoshoot. In other words, it doesn't make sense when you replace Tinkerbell with shota. And the last line from the last photo, "For our youth with no regrets" also means this is for our youths without regrets. In other words, the photobook wanted to express the unstable, sadness, confusion, etc experienced by BTS as they grow into an adult from boyhood and capture the mature images of them. Although they have approached a step nearer to the adult world, they still want to save the innocent and soft heart of young boys. This also has nothing to do with shota, and when we think of Tinkerbell the story makes sense so this once again proves that it has nothing to do with shota.

We would like to state once again that BTS's concept and outfit had nothing to do with shota and we hope this post helped to clear your doubts regarding BTS's concept and the shota controversy.

Thank you for reading this long post.

Original post here
Response +1504 -137


1. Some say "I question shota because of their dilated eyes when they do the wave moves" but "I NEED U" is an emotional song and not a song about shota. "I NEED U" is a song that tries to express the pain they suffer after a breakup. And they had to express the sadness with their eyes while doing the wave moves. They can't be glaring at the camera. And when you look at the lyrics, you can tell that they don't talk about shota. "I know I would be hurt", "You are beautiful", etc they have nothing to do with shota. Lastly, their outfit for I NEED U is marine look and not sailor school uniform. +538 -8

2. BTS has a big international fandom and it would be safe to say it's even bigger than their Korean fandom but if this was indeed shota, the people from other countries who are more sensitive to subjects like Lolita and Shota wouldn't have stayed quiet. If this was true, it could have ruined their career, right? +228 -3

3. I hope some of you will stop making accusations. Just like how some things are important to you, HYYH is important to us +215 -4

4. HYYH is so important to us and I'm upset to see some people mentioning this in this way. HYYH is the concept that made my youth shine. It really comforted me and it still comforts me +164 -3

5. ARMYs, I read your clarification post well and this just proved they have nothing to do with shota. It's cool how you guys addressed every point. +158 -3




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