If you've talked to me recently at all, you'll know I'm currently obsessed with BTS. When they first started popping up on the radar in the U.S., I just thought...okay, another boy band. No biggie. Then maybe a couple years ago, I started hearing about how they were supporting certain social issues and that really impressed me. What was more impressive than their support for issues though, was how their ARMY rallied around various issues, like registering for a Trump rally so that the rally would be mostly empty and raising $1 million to match BTS's donation for Black Lives Matter. But it wasn't until this spring that I started listening to their music and I haven't stopped. So, I thought I'd share a few reasons I've become a total fangirl...fanmama?
1. Their music is...shall we say 'dynamite'?
When I finally started listening to BTS, I was blown away. They weren't just some cheesy pop boy band, I thoroughly enjoy all their music. From the high energy ones, to the ballads, I love them all. Moreover, their lyrics are meaningful and thoughtful, not just a bunch of cheesy words and concepts put together to sell hits.
2. Their dancing.
The energy these boys bring to every performance is truly impressive and inspiring. Watching them dance makes you want to dance. Even my toddler loves dancing to BTS.
3. Their professionalism and maturity.
As I started to learn more about the group, I've been really impressed with their level of professionalism and maturity they show in public. The way they communicate, show their gratitude, show their thoughtful sensitivity, how they work insanely hard, and even educate themselves and earn higher education degrees during the pandemic, their parents did something right. It also says something about their management. It's not a secret that the K-pop industry is pretty brutal and controlled when it comes to the artists, but the way they've turned their influence into positive inspiration for ARMY around the world makes me think their management team is something special. It may sound silly, but I feel really proud of them, even though I don't personally know them.
3. They're good role models.
They're the type of celebrities that I feel comfortable with my son one day looking up to.
4. They remind me of my friends.
I just want to hang out with them, because they remind me of my friends. They're totally goofy. I mentioned their professionalism and maturity, but they're also still a bunch of 20-something year olds. They seem like a fun group of good people, who goof off and have a good time, and don't take themselves too seriously. When I watch their videos, I think that even they forget just how famous and wealthy they are. Or at least, that's the vibe they give off--just genuine people living their best life and doing their best to be good, hardworking people. Seriously, watch their Run BTS! videos. They are so funny!!
5. They radiate positivity.
It's difficult not to smile when I see and listen to them. They have plenty of haters who seem to me are really just racist in their dislike for the group, but not liking BTS is like not liking puppies. Or ice cream. It's just wrong.
These guys have to be some of the hardest working people on earth. They put out video after video for a single song, plus have their own variety show, plus film lots of other videos...they're always on camera which I can only imagine is exhausting. There are also video compilations on YouTube of how hard they give it their all when they're performing. I've never seen a musical act require oxygen after a performance. Their work ethic is truly impressive, and even more impressive is that it really seems to be rooted in their gratitude.
If you haven't started listening to BTS, I highly encourage you to start asap! They just fill the world with love and light, and we all need more of that in our daily lives. Don't wait any longer! Warning, you may get the urge to start dying your hair every color of the rainbow.