“Public Opinion Is Most Important” When It Comes to Military Exemptions for BTS

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Park Bo-Gyun, the new Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of Korea, said “people’s public opinion is the most important” when it comes to the military exemptions from artists and K-pop stars like BTS.

Factors like the “military service is a sacred duty in Korea, and BTS has been successful in raising K-culture and brand awareness” will be important in deciding such revision of the law.

He added, “People’s public opinion is the most important above all. And this decision is not led by the MCST, but they are delivering opinions to the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) and the congress.”

The previous minister, Hwang asked the National Assembly to pass the revision by saying “popular culture and artists have no choice but to stop their activities due to the fulfilling their military duties, even though they have clear achievements in promoting the national prestige. This will lead to a national loss of talent.”

In South Korea, all men are required to serve in the military for about 2 years. Jin, the oldest member of BTS, who was born in 1992, will be facing enlistment by December.

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