At BTS’s recent concert, netizens think that the group deliberately got back at those who accused them of copying BIGBANG’s stage 4 years ago.
After a long wait, BTS finally kicked off 4 nights of the Permission to Dance On Stage concert in Los Angeles (USA). The 7 members delivered various special stages in their first show (November 27), but the performance for their hit Dope has drawn the most attention for a special reason.
When BTS performed Dope, the screen showed a color band and the phrase “No Signal“. This immediately reminds many ARMYs of the plagiarism controversy that BTS was involved in after the 2017 Gaon Music Awards.
Specifically, in 2017, the stage screen design of BTS‘s performance was identical to that of T.O.P’s solo stage for Act Like Nothing Is Wrong at BIGBANG‘s concert, causing BTS to be accused of copying their senior. BIGBANG’s stage director even “added fuel to the fire” by posting photos of the performance with an implicit caption. As a result, BTS faced heavy criticism. They were even labeled a plagiarism group back in the day.
At that time, Big Hit denied the accusation of plagiarism. Gaon also spoke up for BTS and apologized by explaining that this was the staff’s fault when they copied BIGBANG‘s stage and included it in the VCR that introduced BTS’s performance.
Although BIGBANG did not care and never even mentioned this incident, it seems that BTS still remembers it. 4 years later, the similar stage design once again appeared at BTS’s concert. Moreover, the lyrics of their song “Dope” also shade idols who are enjoying life, while praising themselves for working non-stop.
That’s why many netizens think that this was BTS’s way to bring back the controversy and strike back at those who accused them of plagiarizing their seniors. Notably, after BTS’s stage, some fans even fueled fan wars by starting to attack BIGBANG members themselves.
BTS‘s Dope stage at their L.A. concert has also sparked mixed reactions. While most netizens think BTS wanted to clap back at anti-fans and malicious accusations they used to face, others suspect the group of throwing shade at BIGBANG.