Russia cancels screening of 'gay' BTS' film

An online boycott campaign launched against BTS (left) for promoting "over-the-top immoral behaviour" led to the cancellation of the band's film, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself In Seoul.
An online boycott campaign launched against BTS (left) for promoting "over-the-top immoral behaviour" led to the cancellation of the band's film, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself In Seoul.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SEOUL • It is a bum note. Screening of BTS' concert film, scheduled in Russia's southern republic of Dagestan, has been cancelled following accusations that the South Korean boyband are "gay".

The group's hit film, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself In Seoul, was set to be shown at a cinema in the city of Makhachkala after hundreds of local fans campaigned for it on social media.

But local theatre Cinema Hall axed ticket sales, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, after an online boycott campaign was launched against BTS for promoting "over-the-top immoral behaviour".

During a speech at the United Nations in New York in September, BTS broke with the tendency among K-pop acts to play safe and not champion anything that could draw controversy.

The seven-member band encouraged young people worldwide to speak up for themselves, regardless of their origin, skin colour or gender identity.

THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline 'Russia cancels screening of 'gay' BTS' film'. Print Edition | Subscribe