The Impact of a T-shirt: BTS Meets Politics in a Digital World
This paper considers the events surrounding the November 2018 incident where BTS's appearance on a Japanese TV show was abruptly cancelled. Although the official reason given was due to a member's use of a controversial t-shirt, some speculated the issue ran much deeper. This paper documents a detailed timeline of the event and presents some much-needed historical context surrounding Korea-Japan relations. The fandom's response to the incident is also documented. The paper was produced by a group of fans, independent from Big Hit Entertainment.
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