The Kelly Clarkson Show received a lot of backlash from BTS' ARMY when they mistook a different boy band for the mega popular BTS in a recent episode.
During the first episode of the ongoing season, the British band Coldplay's frontliner, Chris Martin, was invited as the special guest. Chris Martin and Kelly Clarkson spoke about various topics revolving around music, including that of Coldplay's latest collaboration with global phenomenon, BTS. In giving the audience a look at the group, however, the show made the mistake of showing rookie band Blitzers instead.
BTS confused for Blitzers on The Kelly Clarkson Show
On The Kelly Clarkson Show, Coldplay's lead singer shared his experience of working with BTS on the track, My Universe, in which BTS members Suga, J-Hope and RM have been credited as composers. The song is part of Coldplay's upcoming album, Music of the Spheres. Kelly Clarkson, on hearing the news, expressed her excitement, claiming that she loved the collaboration. She said,
"It's called 'My Universe,' and you did it with BTS, right? I love that. I love that you're working with BTS."
Clarkson also went on to share a photo, which was on the receiving end of the backlash. Instead of showing a photograph of the seven-member K-Pop band, BTS, The Kelly Clarkson Show presented a picture of a rookie group called Blitzers.
Blitzers, earlier known as Wuzo Circle, made its debut in May 2021. The only thing Blitzers and BTS have in common is that both are K-Pop bands and have seven members each.
Backlash from BTS' Army for mix-up
BTS' ARMY took to Twitter to express their disappointment with The Kelly Clarkson Show. Fans have called the showrunners unprofessional and disrespectful for mistaking the appearance of the global phenomenon that is BTS.
Given that BTS x Coldplay is one of the biggest news stories in the music industry right now, one would expect The Kelly Clarkson Show to do some research before the interview. Fans have also claimed that this mix-up was a result of the long-existing racist assumption that all Asian people look the same.
As soon as the the episode was broadcast, BTS' ARMY all over the world expressed their disappointment and pressed for an apology, tagging The Kelly Clarkson Show. The show then released a statement, apologizing for their mistake. Their official Twitter account stated that they have provided the stations with the corrected photograph.
Surprisingly, the "corrected photograph" showed only six out of the seven-member band, making fans criticize the show once again. With thousands of pictures showing all seven members in existence, the choice of images and this second lapse seemed deliberate to ARMY.
The Coldplay x BTS collaboration track, My Universe, comes out on September 24.
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