China has been criticized for deleting a scene featuring BTS from “Friends: The Reunion,” a special edition of the American drama “Friends.
On May 27 (local time), the American media outlet Variety reported through its official website an article with the headline “‘Friends: The Reunion’ Censored in China, Cutting Out Bits From BTS, Lady Gaga, Gay Fans and More”.
According to the report, China’s three major streaming platforms, iQIYI (爱奇艺), Alibaba’s Youku and Tencent Video, have all scaled back BTS, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber’s appearances. Many people are baffled by the censorship of the show, as it is a special edition of the “Friends” series, which has been immensely popular and highly anticipated in China for several years.
Variety speculated that BTS, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were edited out for offending the Chinese people.
BTS received the Van Fleet Award at the 2020 Van Fleet Award ceremony last October for their contributions to promoting understanding, cooperation and friendship between Korea and the United States.
At the time, RM mentioned in his acceptance speech that the event, held in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, was particularly meaningful, but it sparked an unexpected debate among some Chinese netizens. According to the local media, he said, “The history of hardships experienced by both countries (South Korea and the United States) and the sacrifices made by many men and women must be remembered forever,” and Chinese netizens criticized him for the “history of hardships experienced by both countries. Chinese netizens criticized this part of the “history of hardships experienced by both countries.
On the 27th, BTS appeared in “Friends: The Reunion,” which aired on the HBO MAX channel. BTS, who was on the guest list along with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, soccer player David Beckham, and actress Cindy Crawford, participated in the special edition of “Friends” in the form of showing a video that was pre-filmed in Korea about a year ago.
The interview was subtitled, “BTS, BIGGEST BOY BAND ON THE PLANET,” and introduced BTS.
In the interview, RM revealed that he enjoyed watching the “Friends” series when he was in elementary school. He added that through “Friends” he was able to learn not only English but also many things about life and friendship.
Afterwards, all the members of BTS shouted together, “We love Friends.”