James Corden has drawn outrage from fans of BTS, one of the most popular boy bands in the world, when the host had to apologize after revealing he had received death threats from the K-pop group’s devoted fanbase.
The late late show host found himself on the wrong side of ARMY – the collective term for BTS fans – because of a joke he made in September, reducing the entire fanbase to 15-year-old girls and assuming they have no interest in politics.
Commenting on the K-pop band’s performance at the UN General Assembly, Corden quipped, “It’s actually the first time 15-year-old girls around the world have wished they were Secretary General António Guterres.”
The group was back on Corden’s show last week and they confronted the host with the joke.
Vocalist Namjoon said, “It’s so good to be back, we’re doing really well. But what about you James – you’ve been in hot water with the ARMY. Are you okay?”
The cats star replied that the reaction was intense with some BTS fans wishing him dead over the prank.
“We made two jokes, which I didn’t think were insulting to anyone in any way,” he laughed.
“We said it was unusual for you to kick off the UN summit with a performance. And we said – and this is where I think it was wrong – we said your fans were 15-year-old girls. Which of course isn’t true. , because I’m 43 years old and I consider myself one of the biggest BTS fans on the planet. But I’ve never been on that side of the ARMY and woah!”
Corden explained: “Someone told me they hope I die today, which felt extreme in response to what I thought were harmless jokes, which we never wanted at anyone’s expense.
“Hope you know this – we absolutely love you and we love the entire ARMY. I’ve seen the BTS ARMY when they’re at their best, when they’re real force for good. They’ve supported charities that I support and they are great.
“The prospect of doing something that could have upset them. I didn’t enjoy that feeling and I hope they know.”
Namjoon thanked Corden for apologizing and said the band was eager to clear the air.
“James, it’s okay – we appreciate your apology. We just wanted to clear the air,” he said.
Corden’s apology arrives as a petition… ban the comedian of the coming Bad filming collected thousands of signatures.