Netizens angered by Japanese media reporters claiming that BTS and ‘Parasite’ were Korean government projects
2019 and 2020 Knet is extremely proud of the success of BTS and ‘Parasite’.
Parasite received widespread critical acclaim, with particular praise for Bong’s screenplay and direction, editing, and production values, as well as the performances of the actors, especially Song. Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. It became the first South Korean film to receive Academy Award recognition, as well as the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards, the film had three nominations, winning Best Foreign Language Film. At the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, the film received four nominations including, Best Film and Best Direction and won for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Not in the English Language. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it became the first non-English language film to win for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Meanwhile, BTS also became a global group when it reached no1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 consecutive weeks.
Apparently BTS and Parasite are already well known all over the world.
However, recently, on a TV program, Mr. Murata – a Japanese reporter claimed that BTS and the Oscar-winning film ‘Parasite’ were projects issued by the Korean government. He said: “No, for sure, Korea has been institutionally using their so-called nationwide culture or sports in order to better their image.”
“Not only sports, but also cinema. The only reason why Korean films are rising at the moment is that it’s a government-regulated project. That’s why the case is different from Japan. Therefore, emergency dispatches have taken systematic measures overseas. That also show how their mentality is different [from ours]. Although I can’t say which method is better”, the reporter said
Furthermore, a media discussion that took place on September 10 reportedly issued another statement regarding BTS and ‘Parasite’ as part of a national project or conspiracy. According to netizens, the original video featured a Korean media expert explaining that such claims were false.
Although in the video, the MCs accepted the expert’s words, but Knet are expressing their frustration at the Japanese media’s continuous coverage of Korean culture. One netizen wrote: “This reporter doesn’t know how steadily BTS has grown to become a success.”
Some other comments from Knet are as follows:
“Honestly, at least if you’re going to admit that these so-called national projects have worked extremely well, why not try copying them”
“Even smaller countries have won the Oscars and gone on Billboard charts. Are you claiming that they all worked under a national conspiracy of some sort?”
“LOL, I am the living proof — BTS has been around longer than these past couple of years and trust me, I paid no attention to them until recently and now I know how hard they have been working for years prior.”
“Everybody, do not be fooled. That claim has been made for over 10 years. It’s just that BTS and ‘Parasite’ truly have been noticed by the world lately and now the degree has gone up.”
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