South Korean MP apologises over BTS tattoo pictures


Jungkook, member of the South Korean boy band Bangtan Boys or BTS, has inadvertently been roped into a political furore over tattoos, after an MP used him as an example of having to cover up ink to satisfy media prejudice. – EPA pic, June 10, 2021.

SOUTH Korea’s youngest MP apologised today after she provoked fury among BTS fans by using pictures of tattooed singer Jungkook to promote her campaign to liberalise the country’s restrictive laws on inking.

K-pop fans are fiercely protective of their idols and while Ryu Ho-jeong of the progressive minor Justice party did nothing to say she had Jungkook’s support, she was accused of dragging him into politics.


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