Following the KMCA’s suggestion to exempt BTS from military service, the Korean National Assembly will officially discuss this issue from today.
As BTS continuously achieves unprecedented achievements in the Kpop music industry and creates a great influence on Korean culture and economy, that is also the time when the members’ enlistment story continues to become the hot topic. As we all know, the National Assembly has passed a bill to amend the military service law that allows BTS to postpone enlistment based on a number of strict criteria. In the latest development, Korean media reported that the National Assembly will begin to discuss an even bigger issue: Exemption from military service for all 7 BTS members.
The National Assembly begins to discuss the new ‘BTS Law’: Exemption from military service for music artists
Yesterday (September 8), YTN News reported that the National Assembly of Korea will start discussing the issue of ‘Exemption from military service for BTS‘ from today (September 9). Specifically, a subcommittee meeting of the National Defense Commission will be held on the 9th on some amendments to the Military Service Act proposed by Yoon Sang Hyun, a member of the National Assembly, back in June.
In other words, although it will be considered for all pop culture artists, in fact this discussion is happening because of BTS when they are close to the time of enlistment. Whether or not BTS will benefit from military service exemption will also be assessed for the first time at this meeting.
This is an important change because the Korean National Defense Commission did not want to consider the issue of exempting music artists from military service. The reason given by them is that it is difficult to establish standards because the field does not have clear representative criteria like cultural competitions or Olympic medals.
KMCA resolutely protects the rights of BTS and music artists
Previously, the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) had petitioned against the so-called “BTS Military Service Act” because it considered the law to be quite unfair. They said that if this Law is applied, no one but BTS will qualify when only the group has been awarded the Cultural Medal.
However, it seems that the KMCA changed its mind and then decided to call for not only a postponement but an exemption from military service for BTS in order to have fairness between music artists and figures in other fields. In a statement in June, the KMCA said:
“Previously, Ryu Hyun Jin, Son Heung Min, Lee Chang Ho, Cho Seong Jin, and others have gotten military exemptions for greatly enhancing South Korea’s national prestige. Therefore, it is questionable why BTS could only delay the service but not get an exemption while pursuing such a globally influential career.”
According to YTN News, the KMCA has so far denied that the Korean National Defense Commission does not want to consider exempting music artists from military service. In response, the secretary of the KMCA Choi Kwang Ho argued that “the public also questions the benefits of military service in the pure arts, even if it wins a national newspaper competition.”
Choi added that the “b-boy” (folk art) dancers will compete internationally at the Asian Games in Hangzhou next year and receive perks for the chance to win medals. He implied this as “reverse discrimination” against pop music performers.
To show his support for the BTS exemption because of its international achievements, Choi noted, “A total of 1,804 people have been released since the military system was introduced in 1973. I would ask you to think seriously about whether the contribution of the seven members of BTS has not reached the level of national prestige that the previous 1,804 people have marked.”
What do Korean citizens say?
Thus, once again, the story of BTS‘s enlistment became a controversial topic. The last time this incident was mentioned was after the statement of the Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee on June 23. He represented the ministry and confirmed that he would recommend BTS if they wanted to postpone their enlistment. However, Minister Hwang also said that BTS had not applied for a postponement.
To this topic, the reaction of the Korean public remains similar. For those who are fans of BTS, they are tired and depressed when the group’s name is constantly brought up in controversial topics like this.
As for non-fans in Korea, they still have two opposing opinions. A part of Knet thinks that exempting BTS from military service is unfair because the standards are still too vague. Meanwhile, many other Koreans believe that BTS should be exempt from military service as their influence on the national economy and culture is too great.
1. Stop mentioning BTS in articles like this, I’m sick of it
2. Athletes, celebrities, they all work for their own benefit, so I don’t know why they’re exempt from military service
3. Just exempting BTS from military service and publishing an article, I’m tired of it
4. I’m not a fan of BTS, but BTS contributes a lot to the promotion of national prestige, so I think they should be exempted from military service
5. They’re doing this because they want to exempt the other idols from military service. Damn, how many years have you been using BTS as a shield?
6. Didn’t BTS themselves say that they would enlist? What the hell are politicians doing?
7. I’m not a fan, but I support BTS being exempt from military service
8. I’m tired of it~ Stop it…….
9. Wasn’t Jin born in 1992? Why hasn’t he enlisted yet?
10. BTS never said they wouldn’t enlist, but the comments are disgustingㅋㅋ