With BTS' highly-anticipated appearance at the Billboard Music Awards just a few days away, Big Hit Entertainment have issued out a safety statement to international fans in regards to appropriate behaviour around the boys.
Big Hit posted up the statement on its official Twitter account, and to emphasise the importance of the message, it was uploaded in four diffferent languages (English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese).
The statement reveals that safety precautions are necessary due to recent incidents whereby fans have obtained BTS' flight information illegally, and were invading the group's privacy by trying to get seats near them while attempting to take photos. Big Hit writes that it has always tried to do its best to ensure high level of security, but recent events have left the “BTS members are under great mental and physical stress due to some fans’ lack of discretion.”
Big Hit concludes its statement by asking fans to refrain from obtaining and using such information to invade the privacy of both BTS and other artists.
Here's the statement in full:
"Dear BTS fans.
As officially announced, BTS have been invited to the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) as one of nominees for Social Artists and the band is preparing to attend the Red Carpet & BBMAs Show in Las Vegas, USA. BTS is expecting great international media spotlights form the moment they depart Incheon as well as when they are in Las Vegas at BBMAs.
However, it is our big regret over the recent incidents when a number of fans were flying in the same airlines with BTS by using the information attained illegally, trying to seat near the band, taking pictures of the members an invading privacy constantly, despite restraints by BigHit staff and security guards.
Big Hit Entertainment has taken safety and health of BTS as number one priority and thus has been doing its best to protect BTS members by allocating as many security guards as possible at the airport and inside all flights. Nevertheless, BTS members are under great mental and physical stress due to some fans' lack of discretion.
We hereby ask for your understanding and cooperation to help BTS to successfully and safely finish the intended schedule for BBMAs in the US. Please refrain from using flight booking information illegally attained, taking candid photos, and invading privacy of BTS on the airplane and airports.
Your support and encourage for the band at BBMAs shall be greatly appreciated.
Big Hit Entertainment"
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