Fan Project For BTS Jungkook’s Safety: Jungkook from BTS recently visited New York for his co-headlining appearance at the 2023 Global Citizen Festival, which is hosted yearly to “call on world and corporate leaders to make commitments to end extreme poverty.”
While audiences and ARMYs all around the world were impressed with Jungkook’s performance, ARMYs weren’t impressed with the hazardous conditions Jungkook had to perform in just days earlier.
On September 21, the BTS maknae arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was surrounded by throngs of people after landing, endangering himself, the escorting crew, and other passengers.
Due to the actions of the crowds, ARMYs voiced their concern and fury for BTS’s Jungkook, calling out the unacceptable behaviour and making references to times in which Jungkook handled comparable circumstances in the past.
for everyone who thinks jungkook told us to “hi bro” him at the airport, i hope this helps pic.twitter.com/dxkFYYOnLb
— Mina⁷ 🧚🏼♀️ ³ᵈ ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (@serotaenin7) September 22, 2023
Following his New York commitments, the BTS member recently travelled back to Korea. As usual, numerous media outlets set up their cameras at the airport hours before his arrival, with many of them livestreaming the occasion.
Dispatch Spotlights Fan Project For BTS Jungkook’s Safety
Dispatch was one of the media outlets there, and ARMYs paid close attention to its broadcast.
The well-known Korean media outlet Dispatch displayed what appeared to be a fan effort designed to make Jungkook’s arrival at the airport safer during its livestream.
Laminated papers with statements printed in English and Korean, taped on the floor by areas where journalists and fans stood, begged airport visitors to give Jungkook space and read
Give Jungkook some room and respect his privacy.
Don’t go running after him. Together, let’s spread kindness and love.
Jungkook cares about us.
The letters displayed on Dispatch’s broadcast were immediately recognised by ARMYs. While many expressed their gratitude to the other ARMYs who started the fan project and to Dispatch for his efforts to spread the word, many others couldn’t help but notice the irony that Dispatch, who broadcasts airport arrivals and follows artists outside of their scheduled appearances, was broadcasting the letters.
Armys Contrasting Reaction
The ARMYs argued that those who wanted to see him should stay at home or show up at scheduled events rather than having to request safe circumstances for the BTS members at the airport.
Dispatch reporters were holding this paper to ARMY to respect Jungkook’s privacy: “ARMY, please respect Jungkook’s privacy and create space for him. Don’t run towards him. Let’s show our love and kindness together. Jungkook loves us. Thank you for understanding :)” ? pic.twitter.com/BGzMyLWAie
— Justin Seagull⁷ ³ᵈ ⁽ꪜ⁾㋡𝟥𝒟 𝒾𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑔 (@kookieees_07) September 25, 2023
Other fans criticised Dispatch and other media sites for broadcasting airport livestreams and publicising idols’ flight dates, which they claimed encourages crowds to act inappropriately.
you know its bad with the crowding at airports when dispatch has to remind you to respect jungkook’s privacy and space… pic.twitter.com/ixQyCXxPby
— mayrah⁷₁₃🐾 (@nochujimi) September 25, 2023