Political correctness is not the exclusive preserve of the West. On Chinese social media, it mixes with the fervent nationalism promoted by the Party to create sticky magma. Many international personalities and companies have felt it firsthand in recent years. His latest victim has been the K-pop group BTS, one of the most successful formations in the world, because of his candid statements regarding the Korean War.
The origin of the scandal dates back to the end of last week, when BTS received the General James A. Van Fleet award. This distinction, awarded by the Korea Society, an NGO based in the United States, recognizes the work of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of ties between the two countries. During the virtual ceremony, the leader of the group Kim Nam-joon – better known by his stage name, RM – thanked the award. “The gala is especially significant given that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. We will always remember the story of pain that our two nations shared, and the sacrifices of countless men and women. “
During that conflict, between 1950 and 1953, South Korea repelled the North’s assault thanks to the intervention at the last moment of the United States and the UN, after having lost 90% of its territory. When it seemed that the war would turn around and the North would disappear, the intervention of China – which had ended its civil war just