BTS: Korea’s state-run TV channel bans two Proof songs due to ‘vulgar words’

South Korea’s national broadcaster, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), has deemed two BTS songs unsuitable for broadcast and banned it from broadcasting on its channel. BTS ‘forthcoming album Proof – Four more songs have been submitted to broadcasters from Run BTS, Youth and Born Singer, but only one of them can pass the censorship review. Read More | BTS: J-Hope promises ‘good performance’ to ARMY, making history as the first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza

BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook will be releasing the music video for the title track along with their new album. The compilation album features a mix of new and old songs. However, two days before the album’s release, the K-Pop group was told that their two songs would not be broadcast on the government TV channel.

According to a report in Soompi, a KBS rep on June 8 announced that Run BTS and Born Singer would not be broadcast on the channel because the lyrics contained ‘swear words, vulgar words and crude expressions’. The final decision for Youth is pending, as the lyrics for the first 30 seconds of the song, which include concert sound effects, have no lyrics and sound. The album’s title track is still only allowed to air.

ARMY was more than happy to be disappointed with the decision and took to social media to share their reactions. Many have commented on laughing emojis, while others have shared clips of K-pop stars swearing in. One joked, “If I’m not listening to porn on those songs, I’m on you KBS.” Another fan wrote, “LMFAO this makes me more excited.” A third commented, “Run BTS for Korean TV because it cursed a failed censorship review – it’s totally BTS at the root of things happening.”

KBS’s decision means that BTS will not be allowed to play these songs in concerts on Korean television. However, they can still perform at other venues, including concerts. BTS will perform the album live on June 13 to mark the band’s 9th anniversary.

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