BTS film screening in Russia canceled
MANILA, Philippines – A screening of Korean pop group BTS' concert film at Russia's southern republic of Dagestan was canceled after the group was accused of being gay.
According to a report from the The Korea Herald, the movie screening of BTS World Tour: Love Yourself at Cinema Hall in Makhachkala got canceled despite ticket sales.
Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that an online boycott was launched as the boyband was promoting “over-the-top immoral behavior." (READ: Here's where you can watch BTS docu 'Burn The Stage: The Movie' in the Philippines)
A call by local groups on Instagram said that "outrage" over the Korean boyband must be stopped.
Russia has been criticized for anti-gay statements in the past.
BTS enjoys worldwide popularity – this year alone, the group appeared at the 2018 American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. (READ: K-pop's BTS 'worth $3.6 billion a year' to South Korea)
They were also the guest of honor last September during a United Nations forum, where they urged the world's youth to "just speak yourself." – Rappler.com