BTS’s web novel embroiled in “homosexuality” controversy: RM feels embarrassed when seeing Jungkook, Jungkook and Jimin have strange feelings for each other

BTS’s “Original Story” introduced by HYBE at a briefing session on Nov 4th is being pointed out as RPS. RPS (Real Person Slash) refers to a fanfiction that depicts love among same-sex idols.

During the agency’s briefing session, HYBE unveiled the content of the project “Original Story” based on artists’ IP (intellectual property). “Original Story” is a webtoon/web novel which will be produced by making artists’ IP (intellectual property) into a story.

The problem is that some scenes from BTS’s original story “7Fates: CHAKHO” were controversial as they reminded of “homosexuality” among members. In the web novel, RM’s feelings after seeing Jungkook were described as “This strange feeling seems to be flowing through my veins”, “I’m embarrassed to feel this way when I see a man”, “I feel like I’ve just fallen in love”… It also contains the content that Jungkook and Jimin have strange feelings for each other.


Fans who came across the web novel could not help but be astonished. They showed reactions such as “I was speechless. How can an agency do this?”, “How can you commercialize the members like this?”, “Fanfiction is just a subculture. Is there any reason for the agency to create it?”… Overseas fan sites also voiced opposition, “HYBE is trying to kill itself.” Some fans are organizing boycott campaigns, such as canceling the purchase of BTS’s 2022 Season’s Greetings which have been on sale since Nov 2nd, saying, “We will boycott all goods other than albums.”


Regarding this, HYBE has not issued an official statement yet. Meanwhile, BTS’s “Original Story” is a part of “Supercasting” in which Naver Webtoon produces IPs of world-class entertainment companies into webtoons or web novels. Naver Webtoon and HYBE are planning to release original webtoons and web novels that extend the IPs of BTS, ENHYPEN and TXT to the world sequentially in January next year. Each story is produced as a webtoon and a web novel at the same time, and a total of 6 works are to be released.


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