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[Weekly Up & Down] BTS Wins “Top Social Artist” for the 4th Consecutive Years at BBMAs, Kim Sae Ron Exits from ‘Dear.M’ Production, and More

#BTS Wins “Top Social Artist” for the 4th Consecutive Years at BBMAs

BTS was nominated for two categories – Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist – for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards held on October 15 KST. BTS took home both awards last year and won Top Social Artist this year. This year’s Top Duo/Group went to the Jonas Brothers. After winning the award, BTS showed their gratitude to ARMY and BBMAs during their acceptance speech, saying, “We are grateful to take home this award again this year thanks to our ARMY. This award is the proof of how BTS and ARMY are intimately connected.”

 

#Kim Sae Ron Suddenly Drop Out of ‘Dear.M’ Production

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Kim Sae Ron dropped out of KBS’s new drama Dear.M. Her agency Gold Medalist said, “We decided to drop out of the drama after consultation due to differences in opinions.” Dear. M is a spin-off of the hit web-drama series Love Playlist. Kim Sae Ron previously played Seo Ji Min, the center of Seoyeon University’s cheering squad, in Love Playlist: Season 4. KBS announced its cast lineup in the order of Park Hye Soo, NCT’s Jaehyun, Kim Sae Ron, and Bae Hyun Sung, and is in talks to be programmed in the first half of next year. Actress Roh Jeong Eui is currently discussing her appearance.

 

#Foreign Media Support BTS After Chinese Netizens Lashed Out at the Group

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Back on October 7, BTS won the Van Fleet Award from the Korean Society in recognition of its contribution to strengthening Korea-US relations. On this day, RM said, “We will always remember the history of pain that our two nations shared together, and the sacrifices of countless men and women.” Soon after, Chinese netizens expressed their anger at the remarks saying that the group disrespected their country. Despite such outrageous accusations, Chinese media joined the criticisms, reporting and supporting their netizens’ position. In response, New York Times, Financial Times and BBC defended BTS. As more and more foreign press reproached their actions, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry stepped up to say, “Reflecting on the history, we should head towards the future, cherish the peace, and promote amity.”

 

# October 14 Marked One Year Since the Tragic Passing of Sulli

It has already been a year since the tragic passing of Sulli. On October 14 last year, a wave of mourning continued for the deceased, who died at the age of 25. A year later, there are still posts on social media in memory of the late Sulli. Actress Kim Sun Ah honored the deceased by leaving a photo of her visiting Sulli’s grave and a heart-felt message. After Sulli’s death, voices for eradicating malicious comments have risen, and comment sections of the entertainment news have been removed.

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