Let’s be honest: BTS can put out mediocre content and we will probably still eat it up. But no, BTS will never be mediocre. BTS never settles. BTS’s strength lies in knowing how and when to adapt and grow, and with the ARMY to back them up, their success is always a guarantee.
It was a little under a year ago when I watched their Mic Drop performance on SNL. I was mesmerized by the live vocals that accompanied a hard-hitting choreography. Jimin’s hair was pink — but I didn’t know him then — and my honest-to-god curiosity as to who he was led me to a spiral into the world of K-Pop. Or, to be more accurate, to the world of stanning BTS. In a week, I was thrust into a world of intense choreographies and cute boys with even cuter mannerisms. I was a baby ARMY (like my then-editor who was a die-hard ARMY would say) and I was suddenly so excited about the idea of seven boys who have a long history of trying to prove themselves to a cruel world.
Yesterday, the boys released their much-awaited comeback album, “Map of the Soul:7.” I’ve given myself some sort of a “BTS Cleanse” — for lack of a better term — and prior to this, the last thing I heard from them was Suga’s collaboration with Halsey back in December. Apart from my Monday work meetings where I would glance at my co-worker’s laptop and see her watching BTS, I was definitely no longer updated about their happenings. A part of me believed that the cleanse was all because I felt like I was spending too much time as a fangirl, but really, it was a weird mix of my internal misogyny and my own way of coping with Seokjin’s inevitable enlistment to the army.