German radio host Matthias Matuschik from radio station BAYERN 3 apologized for the racist comments he made towards BTS.
On 25th of February an ARMY released a video on Twitter where Matthias can be heard comparing BTS to COVID-19, in that he hopes “a vaccine will be available soon.”
After the comments he made on BTS. ARMY’s got disgust and banded together to create email templates as well as a list of email addresses to send the templates to.
The action group against anti-Asian discrimination in Germany tweeted about the situation to which Matthias responded back.
Even non K-Pop fans got furious by his comments!
After the fire rose against Matthias Matuschik, BAYERN 3 and Matthias have issued a statement of apology.
But ARMY were appalled at the seemingly lacklustre response from the radio station. They took twitter and called out Matthias’s blatant racism and denounced the idea that this was just a matter of his personal opinion, as the situation had grown to concern not only K-Pop fans, but the whole asian community and more.
Even famous celebrities like Halsey, MAX, Lauv, and many more show their support towards BTS and the Asian community.
Halsey, who has a close friendship with BTS, spoke her mind on her Instagram Story.
The combined voices of people around the globe asking for a better apology and more respect is growing ever louder.
Buzzfeed Germany even reached out to Matthias to get a personal statement in response to the matter. He explained, “I would have been just as upset (exaggeratedly, because that’s my style) with a German or Transcastanian band.” Matuschick added that he had “underestimated the strength of fans that lurked behind the three letters [BTS].”
He also went on to describe the fans of BTS as ”fanatical followers of a musical cash machine,” and accused them of having twisted his statements.
He also expressed that he found it “out of place” that he was being put in the “currently very popular racism club” for his statements. In contrast with his unapologetic response to Buzzfeed, BAYERN3 and Matthias released an official apology statement that was considerably more contrite just a few hours later.