It was recently confirmed that BTS’s Jungkook, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, NCT’s Jaehyun, and SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu broke social distancing to visit a bar and a club on April 25th and 26th.
Ever since the news broke out, there has been chaos between fans and the public who have expressed outrage over the idols’ carelessness in these critical times.
And on May 18th, a national petition titled, “Please withdraw BTS Jungkook’s medal of cultural merits,” was submitted to the Blue House.
The petitioner wrote, “BTS Jungkook who is under Big Hit Entertainment label got together with his three idol friends to dine at a bar in Itaewon while countless citizens are working hard to overcome the coronavirus, a global pandemic. This act ignores the efforts of the citizens, government workers, and medical clinicians who have been working to beat the coronavirus. It does not suit the intention of the medal which is given to those who have established a clear contribution to the development of the nation.”
The petitioner continued to write, “An idol who advertised social distancing didn’t practice social distancing himself, and this actually hinders the nation’s development. I ask that you reflect this national sentiment and withdraw BTS Jungkook’s medal of cultural merits.”