“We just wanted to clear the air.”
Fresh off their three American Music Award wins and Grammy nomination, BTS appeared on James Corden’s The Late Late Show. They treated fans to a live performance of “Permission To Dance” and an in-studio chat, which had a couple of very interesting moments.
Things started off well, with James offering a friendly welcome to BTS, remarking that it had been two years since they’ve been together in-person.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Namjoon said that while it was good to be back, he was more interested in hearing how James was — considering he had been in “hot water with army.”
Labelling BTS as “unusual visitors” to the UN, James remarked: “People say why are BTS there? The world leaders have no choice but to take BTS seriously. At the end of the day, BTS has one of the largest armies on planet Earth.”
He continued: “Historic moment. It actually marks the first time 15-year-old girls everywhere found themselves wishing they were secretary general of the United Nations António Guterres.”
Fans immediately demanded an apology from James, calling his actions a “cheap joke” that threw away the relationship the host has built up with both the band and BTS army.
Fast forward to their most recent appearance on The Late Late Show, where Namjoon asked if James was alright, resulting in the host leaning over in embarrassment.
Speaking about the jokes, James said, at the time, he didn’t believe they were “in any way offensive to anybody” and that he received death threats from fans afterwards.
In reference to the ageist remarks about the BTS army being solely composed of 15-year-old girls, James said that’s not true, considering that he’s 43 years old and “one of the biggest BTS fans on planet Earth.”
He then went on to praise BTS’ fanbase, saying that he loves both the band and their fans and would never want to intentionally do anything that hurts either of them.
After listening to James, Namjoon shook his hand and said: “We appreciate your apology. We just wanted to clear the air.”
Meanwhile, Jimin said he “believes” James and that he’ll still be affectionately known as Papa Mochi to them and army.
From the replies on Twitter, it looks like James’ apology has had a positive response within BTS’ fanbase, with many of them agreeing that if the band forgives James, then they do too.
Hopefully James Corden will think twice about what he says about his guest’s fanbases in the future!