In the ever-tumultuous sea of social media, BTS’s Jungkook finds himself navigating another wave of fan scrutiny. The issue is his “TikTok Likes.”
A recent post on Nate Pann, a widely-read Korean online community, ignited a firestorm of debate around Jungkook’s activity on TikTok. The post leveled allegations against the artist, accusing him of endorsing content and TikTokers of questionable reputation. The author went as far as to question Jungkook’s commitment to his idol status, asking, “Jungkook, did you give up on being an idol? What’s going on? Did he delete his perfectly fine Instagram to act like this on TikTok?”
The issue centered around Jungkook’s choice to like and follow content created by female TikTokers, which the poster deemed inappropriate.
The post also includes a TikTok post from another fan. It reads, “I don’t really care that you’re dating, getting tattoos, or even smoking since you’re an adult. But broadcasting yourself making the first move toward girls to your fans? That’s not cool. Have you ever seen a male celebrity who reveals every interaction with women? Nope. It’s not about you being an idol, it’s basic celeb stuff. Why? Because image matters. I’m not saying don’t do anything, but think about how it affects your image.”
However, the backlash against Jungkook’s online behavior was met with swift defense from his fans. A plethora of supporters pointed out that Jungkook frequently likes a wide range of videos, including those that showcase dance challenges and fan-made content. Fans expressed opinions such as, “He’s an adult, he should be able to press ‘Like’ on videos. Also, the videos aren’t that bad.”
While the drama has kicked up some internet dust, the majority of fans are standing firm, supporting Jungkook’s right to double-tap as he pleases. After all, what’s a social media icon to do but continue living his best online life? One thing is clear: regardless of a few critical voices, Jungkook’s army of loyal fans remains steadfast, affirming that the young idol can continue to live his life—both online and off—on his own terms.