On Saturday, Korean boy band, BTS made history as the first Kpop group to perform on Saturday Night Live. As usual, the BTS Army (die-hard fans of BTS) went crazy and cheered the boys for their performance. Consequently, Twitter lit up and #BTS became the number one trending tag at the moment. Furthermore, this was on top of an incredible week where BTS dropped a new music video for their latest song “Boy With Luv.” That music video broke the record for most views on Youtube in a 24 hour period with 74.6 million views surpassing another Kpop group Blackpink, according to Billboard. But not everyone was as enthusiastic as their fans. One real estate agent, Brian Hughes, tweeted an insult at BTS and Asian men which got the BTS Army’s attention. Because of this, the real estate agent got fired from his job at Highline Residential in New York.
After BTS’s performance on SNL, Brian Steinberg, a TV editor at Variety tweeted out, “If any of these kids are actually singing I’ll eat the backstage llama.” In response to that post, Brain Hughes tweeted, from his now-deleted account, “They look like kids. How old are they? Are Asian women even attracted to their own men?
This caught the attention of Twitter user @AsianRailroader who wrote, “Hi everyone, please note @bhny83 aka Brian Hughes is a real estate agent for @HLResidential in NYC. Do you think it’s appropriate for someone who serves such a diverse area to make these kinds of racist comments?”
The BTS Army wasn’t having it and they called Hughes and his employer Highline Residential out. As a result of the backlash, Highline Residential issued an apology and fired Brian. They said his tweet was “inappropriate” and did not reflect “Highline’s values.”
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— Taranya ✈️ BTS at Metlife (@taranya0) April 15, 2019
Two lessons here. First, don’t write racist tweets, and second, don’t mess with the BTS Army.