A German radio host Matthias Matuschik from a local radio station, BAYERN3, has come under fire for his racist comments on air towards BTS. According to ARMYs, he compared BTS to the coronavirus and invoked North Korea.
tw // racism
a german radio host was talking immensely badly about BTS, comparing them to COVID and mentioning blasphemy and north korea, this can’t be tolerated!
pls email bighit about this as well!
(video by @fairiesvmns)#RassismusBeiBayern3#Bayern3Racist pic.twitter.com/MjZ2kXLyiu
— ᴮᴱBTS UPDATES GERMANY ⁷ 🇩🇪 (@BTS_UPDATES_GER) February 25, 2021
He further criticized BTS’s cover of Coldplay‘s “Fix You”, commenting “For this, you will be spending the next 20 years on vacation in North Korea.”
Needless to say, the ARMY community was absolutely furious. Not only were fans riled up, the public also stood by their side and pointed out just how racist Matthias’ comments were. Fans began to spam tweets calling out Matthias, mass tweeting “RACISM IS NOT AN OPINION Wir sind gegen Rassismus!! 우리는 인종 차별을 반대합니다!! #RassismusBeiBayern3 #Bayern3Racist” and tagged the radio station. Columbia Records then posted a timely message.
— Columbia Records (@ColumbiaRecords) February 26, 2021
This comes at a particularly great time as the Asian Community has been facing an increased amount of racism and hate acts in the recent months and over the past year where covid was at its peak. Fans are grateful that the records company, who has distributed BTS’s music in the US prior, is stepping up.