BTS is currently the most established K-pop group in the world right now and is also one of the most well-known groups in the music industry in general. Even John Cena was helped by them during a low point in his life.
BTS member Jungkook’s birthday was on September 1st and fans in Pakistan were no doubt excited about it. So much so, that one devoted fan commissioned a billboard advertisement of the South Korean singer at a busy intersection in the city of Gujranwala, Pakistan.
The billboard had a photo of the musician along with the phrases “Happy 24th Birthday” and “Jungkook BTS Gujranwala Army.” Unfortunately, it did not last long whatsoever.
A few hours later, fans discovered that the billboard was taken down. A provincial assembly candidate and member of the Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami had the ad removed after he came upon it on Facebook.
“We received a lot of complaints from people. There was so much commotion. There are young people in this city. This group (BTS) has a negative influence on them and encourages them to behave in wrong activities. They promote homosexuality.”
“Why was this put up here? They don’t have a brand name here nor do they sell products here. The people who put it up call themselves the Gujranwala army. There’s only the Pakistan army here,”
Naturally, this upset a lot of BTS fans who took to Twitter and voiced their frustrations at the backward mindedness of Pakistan.
“Pakistani Armys!! A billboard of jungkook in gujranwala was taken off today because some people said it is promoting h0m0sexual!ty…lets tell these mfs that how much we love jungkook and bts and lets trend these hashtags #WeLoveYouJungKook #PakistanlovesBTS #BTSisPakarmyspride”
“Pakistani Armys!! A billboard of jungkook in gujranwala was taken off today because some people said it is promoting h0m0sexual!ty…lets tell these mfs that how much we love jungkook and bts and lets trend these hashtags“
It is unfortunate that fans simply can’t get to see something they love because their country remains narrow-minded. As of this writing, the billboard remains down.
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