BTS were a little bit ‘embarrassed’ to be called ‘influential’ by Parasite’s director Bong Joon Ho.
The Bangtan Boys – V, Jungkook, Jimin, SUGA, Jin, J-Hope and RM – were meant to hold their Global Press Conference for the release of their new album Map of the Soul: 7 at Coex in Seoul, but the venue was replaced by a live stream due to fears of the coronavirus.
During the Golden Globe Awards this year, Joon Ho claimed the Boys With Luv singers were ‘3000 times’ more influential than he was, but Suga seems to disagree.
The singer said: ‘I want to say that I watched all of director Bong Joon Ho’s films as his fan. I believe he was answering a question about Korean culture, and I think it was generous praise.
‘I’m embarrassed because I’m still not sure we have that big of an influence. I was thankful that director Bong Joon Ho said, “Korean culture is dynamic.”
‘I hope that the many amazing artists in Korea will be known [overseas]. I really enjoyed watching Parasite. I’m a fan.’
Parasite won awards for best picture, director and original screenplay at the Oscars, best original screenplay and best film not in the English language at the Baftas as well as best director at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
‘Although I’m here at the Golden Globes, BTS has 3,000 times the amount of power and influence that I have,’ the director said on the night. ‘I think Korea produces a lot of great artists cause we’re very emotionally dynamic people.’
Meanwhile, BTS’ music has helped people learn about Korean language and culture.
RM mentioned: ‘We often get asked about why we think our music is loved. That itself is something I’m thankful for. We thought hard about it as well. It’s a combination of things. The K-pop culture itself is very complex. The music, music video, and more components are presented together.
‘What’s important is the essence in our hearts. I think that the artist who shows the characteristics of that era the best is loved. We are telling our own personal stories, but ironically, the modern world is the most global time of all. People of all ages all around the world, not only in Korea, are able to relate with the things we struggle with.
‘Because we express those things through ways like performances and music, people find that to be interesting. I heard that lots of ARMYs are studying about Korea after getting to like us. As a Korean, I’m very thankful and proud.’
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