Prior to the release of BTS‘s new album PROOF, KBS shared on June 8 that the song “Run BTS” was deemed unfit for broadcast.
Along with “Born Singer,” the two songs were banned due to “lyrics with cussing, vulgar words, and crude language.”
KBS Broadcast Review (@BTS_twt)
-For Youth – Pending (30 seconds of concert sounds, lyrics not confirmed)
-Run BTS – ineligible (swearing, language, etc.)
-Yet To Come – eligible
-Born Singer – ineligible (swearing, language, etc.) pic.twitter.com/7zX5GCENKO
— BTS Charts & Translations⁷ (@charts_k) June 8, 2022
With the release of the song, fans have noted the obvious culprit: The use of the word “Goddamn” in RM‘s verse. Despite not having many swears, the strict rules are still in place and have lead ARMY to joke about the song being banned for being too real.
The only “curse” word they ever said in it was “Goddam”
They banned it because BTS exposing the kpop industry and say how they succeed despite this “Kpop Industry” pic.twitter.com/qIn7iWQ6AJ
— mia ⟭⟬ ∞ ⟬⟭⁷⎮I’m everywhere in the TL⎮ 𝕻𝖗𝖔𝖔𝖋 (@fairy_yoongs) June 10, 2022
Witty lyrics such as “Above the ones who run, above the ones who flies, runs BTS” reference the Korean proverb stating, “Above someone running, there is someone flying.” This means that there is always someone better…and BTS is always one step ahead of even them!
Reflecting on their past from early debut and their endless “run” towards success, BTS boldly proclaims their hard work is what has lead to their success. Referring to their two bare feet as gasoline, they are their own cause for making it so far.
J-Hope‘s hard-hitting verse at the end calls out each BTS member by name including himself, praising them for their hard work.
Boldly stating that there’s much more for BTS in the future, the end of the song may remind fans of the same message as the single “Yet to Come” where they have acknowledged their past and are moving on to the future.
From the beginning to now, many things have changed. However, the one thing that will always stay the same is BTS’s relentless drive to run as hard as they can!
Check out more from BTS’s latest comeback below.