RM, a member of the group BTS, responded to a foreign correspondent's question with a sham.


A reporter from El País asked RM a rather rude question: "Are you tired of the modifier 'K-'?" RM replied, "You might get tired of Spotify calling us all K-pop, but that's a premium label, like the quality assurance our ancestors fought for and tried to win."

The reporter also asked, "Does the K-pop idol system make artists inhuman?" "We don't have a lot of time for individuals, but that's what makes K-pop shine," RM replied, "From our 20s to our 30s, we invested all our energy and time in BTS."

"The company doesn't like me answering this question. Because I partially admit it. But there are also some things that make it a special industry. In terms of contracts, money, and education, the situation has improved a lot."

When asked if "the cult of youth, perfectionism, and excessive obsession with K-pop are cultural characteristics of Korea," RM said, "Westerners will not understand," adding, "Korea is a country that has been invaded, devastated, and divided in two. Seventy years ago, there was nothing. We had to get help from the IMF and the UN. But now, the whole world is paying attention to Korea." "How could that have been possible," he said. Because people are working really hard to improve themselves."

Regarding joining the military, he said, "You will be in the military for one and a half years. This is something very important in every Korean man's life," he said, adding, "I'm sure I'll be a different human being after the war. Hopefully he will become a better and wiser person."

(SBS Entertainment News reporter Kim Ji-hye)