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(The New York Times)   BTS Army helps keep BTS member out of the army   (nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Ironic, Conscription, South Korea, North Korea, Korean War, Korea, Korean language, South Korea's Parliament, South Korea's conscription system  
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2020-12-01 4:54:50 PM  
Thought about the Army, Dad said "Kim, you're farking high"

Ben Folds Five - Army
Youtube Yr_s6-Q7f00
 
2020-12-01 8:09:36 PM  
Powerpig, hello?
 
2020-12-02 12:55:41 AM  
This has happened with other KPop stars, the concern is fans will be around them and won't leave them alone so much they cannot do their job properly.
 
2020-12-02 4:46:25 AM  

ShutterGirl: This has happened with other KPop stars, the concern is fans will be around them and won't leave them alone so much they cannot do their job properly.


Right. Fans are going to swarm a military base and NOT be beaten to a pulp/tased/shot on sight
 
2020-12-02 5:10:42 AM  

lifeslammer: ShutterGirl: This has happened with other KPop stars, the concern is fans will be around them and won't leave them alone so much they cannot do their job properly.

Right. Fans are going to swarm a military base and NOT be beaten to a pulp/tased/shot on sight


Maybe put him the navy and put him out to sea or in some overseas joint task force desk job. But if it was here in the US he would probably still get swarmed judging by some of my coworkers obsessions with k pop bands. Reminds me of tenish years ago when all the desks were covered in Twilight crap.
 
2020-12-02 6:27:22 AM  
Do the rich in that country already have a loophole for getting out of service?  If not, I bet this was their idea of working towards it.
 
2020-12-02 6:39:23 AM  

MrScruffles: Do the rich in that country already have a loophole for getting out of service?  If not, I bet this was their idea of working towards it.


South Korea is a country where they love to remind you that some people have more rights that peasants.

I've heard tales of Korean executives in France or the USA that have to be constantly reminded that underlings are not servants.
 
2020-12-02 6:50:11 AM  
BoneTheSpurs?
 
2020-12-02 8:12:58 AM  

MrScruffles: Do the rich in that country already have a loophole for getting out of service?  If not, I bet this was their idea of working towards it.


The Korean mandatory service is pretty democratic.  They had closed a similar exemption a few years back.

padraig: MrScruffles: ...South Korea is a country where they love to remind you that some people have more rights that peasants.

I've heard tales of Korean executives in France or the USA that have to be constantly reminded that underlings are not servants.


True, but they express privilege in the character of the service they do.  The ROK regular soldiers hated the KATUSAs (US Army augementees) because they had it easier than the regulars, and it was a bunch of spoiled rich kids getting off light compared to the normal infantry guys, or even conscript cops.  The big exemptions (but this may be dated) are international caliber athletes and kids on track to be litereral rocket scientists; engineers & science types, but only the top fraction.

The other piece; the South Korean government gets "soft power" much better than most.  BTS has been instrumental in spreading Korean influence outside their borders, and this may be something of a "thank you" note.

It is also a commentary on the KPop industry; their careers are meticulously managed, and usually short. As in "30 is over the hill".
 
2020-12-02 8:27:20 AM  
When members of well-known boy bands report for boot camp, crowds of female fans from across Asia often gather to bid them farewell.

A thing that in no way at all happens in the West. *cough* Elvis *cough*
 
2020-12-02 8:47:25 AM  

lifeslammer: ShutterGirl: This has happened with other KPop stars, the concern is fans will be around them and won't leave them alone so much they cannot do their job properly.

Right. Fans are going to swarm a military base and NOT be beaten to a pulp/tased/shot on sight


Some of the fans might also be in uniform. . .
 
2020-12-02 9:42:05 AM  

lifeslammer: ShutterGirl: This has happened with other KPop stars, the concern is fans will be around them and won't leave them alone so much they cannot do their job properly.

Right. Fans are going to swarm a military base and NOT be beaten to a pulp/tased/shot on sight


Laugh if you want, but fans line up around the entrance to bases, just in HOPES of catching sight of some Kpop person. And, if they get put in at police stations (which does happen... it isn't all on base), or public service, it's worse.

Kpop fans... are scary.

/likes some Kpop
//and perfectly happy to never see or meet them
///s
 
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