Many Korean netizens expressed their appreciation when Jimin (BTS) used his influence to participate in the campaign ‘I’m sorry Jung In’.
On the evening of January 3, member Jimin (BTS) suddenly posted a message on the Weverse platform. On the black background picture is white text ‘# 정인 아 미안해(Jungin-ah, I’m sorry). At that time, many fans of the group were confused because they did not understand what happened. The reason is that they don’t know who Jung In is and why Jimin suddenly posted such an apology. However, since the BTS member’s post, the story of Jung In has spread across Kpop forums and received great attention from the international netizen community.
It is known that this heartbreaking campaign was initiated by the Korea Child Abuse Prevention Association and the editing team of SBS’s ‘Unanswered Questions’. Through participating in the campaign with the hashtag #정인아_미안해 (Sorry Jungin-ah), people can request justice for little Jung In as well as raise public awareness about the harms of child abuse.
The incident of a little girl, Jung In, who was only 16 months old, lost her life because of the violence from her adoptive parents took place from late September to early October 2020. At that time, the incident caused great outrage in public opinion and many petitions to the Blue House were also created, but while the case is still being investigated, the case seems to be forgotten.
It was only when SBS aired the episode ‘Unanswered Questions’ on January 2 about Jung In’s case and revealed the shocking details that Korean people once again took a deeper look at the incident. Besides, thanks to the campaign ‘Sorry Jung In’, some celebrities also use their influence to bring justice to Jung In as well as raise awareness about the prevention of child violence and abuse.
At first, though, only a few famous people were participating in this campaign, such as actress Lee Min Jung, actress Han Hye Jin, and announcer Jang Sung Kyu, etc. In addition, Jimin (BTS) may be the first Kpop idol to speak up about this incident. This is also very understandable because Kpop idols often have to think very carefully when participating in any campaign, especially when it is related to the law and being investigated case.
Despite the fact that he may suffer some negative effects, Jimin publicly posted a message supporting the ‘Sorry Jung In’ campaign and this has had an amazing effect. From BTS fans in particular to a part of Kpop fans in general and many other international netizens, they began to know about Jung In’s incident and joined the campaign.
Initially, this hashtag only reached the top trending in some countries like Korea. However, after Jimin’s post appeared, the story of Jung In was shared more and the campaign spread more strongly. Just a few hours later, the hashtag ‘Sorry Jung In’ reached the Global Top Trending on Twitter. Since many Kpop fans have trended this hashtag, Twitter even made a mistake by ‘labeling’ this hashtag as ‘Kpop’.
It is known that Jimin is famous as a person who loves children. Whenever attending an event to meet children, Jimin’s happy expression is something not only fans but also non-fans know. Once while on ‘Hello Counselor’, viewers caught Jimin getting angry when he heard a teenage boy say that teddy bears are more important than a sister.
Recently in a Vlive broadcast, Jimin also said that the male idol was most worried about children during the epidemic. He shared, ‘What I’m most concerned about is that even in the ARMY fandom or outside of the fandom, there are kids. I am very worried about them. Today’s children really have a lot of limitations. They must wear a mask, cannot go out, and cannot play with their friends. We do it because we worry about our kids, but I also feel that letting them understand and feel comfortable with it is a long process. The children will have to deal with more difficulties during this period. ‘
In addition, BTS also cooperated with the UNICEF committee to initiate the campaign ‘LOVE MYSELF’ and hashtag #ENDviolence – campaigns to protect young people and fight violent acts. Jimin’s voice at this time was also said to be very consistent with the UNICEF’s campaign.
The love for children and Jimin’s post also quickly became a hot topic on Korean online forums. Many Knet thanked Jimin for using BTS’s influence to help people know about this heartbreaking campaign.