Following reports of a blackmailer being jailed for attempting to blackmail Big Hit Entertainment by revealing supposed illegal marketing tactics by the agency, Korean media outlet Xports News published an article in which the reporter called into question BTS' win at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year.
The article quickly drew a wave of backlash from BTS fans around the world, who demanded an apology from the article's reporter, causing the hashtag #엑스포츠_전원기자_사과해 (#Xportsnews_reporter Jeonwon_apologize) to trend No.1 worldwide on Twitter.
In response to the fan demands, Xports News issued out a statement apologising for the article questioning BTS' BBMA win, writing that it had meant to be an opinion piece and that it did not meant to cause misunderstanding among fans.
Here's the apology in full:
“At 7:30 p.m. on September 6, 2017, Xportsnews released an ‘X’s Focus’ article about BTS.
The article was a column containing a reporter’s opinions. Immediately following the article’s publication, [Xportsnews] determined that the content of the article was problematic, and deleted the piece from our site at 8:15 p.m, after which it was also removed from various portal sites.
The article in question made leaps in logic; we apologize for the article containing the potential for misunderstandings that we were devaluing the artist’s and fans’ efforts, and also for hurting the artist and their fans.
In no way did [Xportsnews] intend to belittle the efforts of [BTS and BTS’s fans]. However, in the end, we did hurt [BTS and their fans], and for that we sincerely apologize.
Taking this incident as a lesson, we will do our best to release accurate and fair reports in the future. Thank you.”
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