Weverse Magazine criticized for downplaying BTS’ successes with Jimin and Suga
Created as a companion site to Weverse, a fan community app from HYBE Corporation, Weverse Magazine is currently home to a collection of exclusive interviews, features, playlists and music reviews for the hottest artists, hottest K-pop and world music stars.
On May 24th, Weverse Magazine ran an article about Morgan Wallen and his rise to stardom.
The article sparked controversy because the article downplayed the seriousness of Wallen’s previous racist remarks.
Wallen, who has been criticized for racial slurs, flouting COVID protocols and involvement in several controversial scandals, has found a career boost with support from right-wing circles in America.
However, Weverse Magazine called this a “difficult time” and stressed that Wallen’s music has found a larger audience among those weary of the “break-off culture”.
What shocked fans the most was that the article about this controversial artist appeared to have eclipsed several Korean artists and their accomplishments.
The magazine wrote: “TWICE Agust D, SEVENTEEN and LE SSERAFIM fought for the top spot but nobody could knock One Thing At a Time off the podium. »
They also mentioned: “At least Miley Cyrus, SZA and Jimin have had some success in breaking their dominance on the Hot 100. But even they couldn’t derail the relentless success of the album’s lead single, Last Night. »
After reading this article about Morgan Wallen, fans took to social media to point out that Weverse magazine has eclipsed top K-pop artists including TWICE, Seventeen and even BTS.
Despite racism and industry backlash, Jimin reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a Korean song. Still, the magazine described the momentous achievement as a “partial success”shocking fans.
Likewise, Agust D, who became the first Asian artist in history to reach number one on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart, has been compared to Wallen.
And let’s not talk about his solo world tour, which is already record-breaking.
After reading the article, netizens could not hide their anger that although it was related to HYBE, it was allowed to be published and discredited the members.
Fans are not only angry because the article is about a controversial artist, but mostly because it downplays the achievements of the BTS members.
Fans vented their anger on social media. Below the comments we can read:
- “To devote an entire article to a disgusting racist while downplaying JM’s tremendous achievements, including becoming the first Korean/K-pop soloist in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 is just outrageous.” I’m speechless. »
- “If someone who doesn’t know the source of this article were reading this, they would surely think Morgan was a Hybe artist and ‘Agust D and Jimin’ were his competitors.” What’s the point? Why are you kissing this racist like you’re signing him? »
- “Yoongi is still making history as Asia’s greatest rapper, Jimin broke your frigging kpop barrier and you’re shadowing Agust D & Jimin as R*cists?? How do you think people would read it? »
- This so-called reporter who works for Hybe is the same one who once eclipsed Jimin and Yoongi, and now he’s doing INSIDE WEVERSE MAGAZINE IN HIS BUSINESS HE AND BTS BUILT. Hybe needs to be more careful about who they hire.”
- “The same writer who said when Jimin hit #1 on the Hot 100, I’d say Hybe needs to review who they hire to write for Weverse, but I don’t think they care…”
What do you think ?