BTS V’s Participation In Pro-Military Propaganda

BTS V’s Participation In Pro-Military Propaganda Video Sparks Fiercely Divided Reactions

Should celebrities be used for government propaganda?

Since enlisting for his mandatory military service, BTS‘s V has occasionally updated ARMYs with his life and progress.

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So, ARMYs were excited to see V in his special black uniform, which is only for those in the SDT (special forces). On April 17, it was reported that a promotional video of the 2nd Army Corps in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, was filmed by the soldiers themselves and would be shared on YouTube. In the video, V is showcased skillfully handling the firearms and hitting his target each time he fired.

Naturally, netizens were in awe of how handsome V appeared in his uniform. ARMYs hadn’t seen the idol in this specific uniform before, so they were very excited.

Many ARMYs trended “CAPTAIN KOREA V” on X (formerly Twitter), expressing their excitement over their idol’s appearance in the video. They expressed how proud they were of him.

Yet, many ARMYs didn’t share the same sentiments. Others were disappointed at the sight of V in the promotional video.


ARMYs voiced their dismay and disappointment about V’s participation in the promotional video, referring to it as “military propaganda.” They also expressed concern that he might have been forced to star in the video due to his celebrity status. Some were also disappointed in their fellow fans for praising and sexualizing him in the uniform.

Many ARMYs were troubled by V being used in military propaganda as some identify as anti-war and/or pacifists. Besides, it technically doesn’t align with what BTS has advocated for in the past. Previously, BTS joined forces with UNICEF for the “LOVE MYSELF” campaign, donating millions and advocating for the end of violence. The members also addressed The White House and the United Nations, speaking on topics such as anti-Asian violence.

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Other ARMYs defended V’s participation. They pointed out that everyone has their own personal beliefs. So, the BTS members’ beliefs can even differ from each other. V could be struggling through the mandatory military service, or he could be enjoying it.

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Some ARMYs put the topic in a cultural context. They pointed out that South Korea is technically a country in a war, and we should respect idols’ duties as citizens.

Others offered even more thorough background information, explaining Koreans’ POV as military service is mandatory for men during their prime. So, most attempt to make the most of it. Military propaganda, including K-Pop, is typical to boost morale.


Still, many netizens can agree that it can be harmful for celebrities to be used for military and government propaganda due to their influence.

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What do you think about the matter?



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