- BTS fans are angry at MTV for adding a new category for K-Pop music at its annual Video Music Awards.
- Critics claim it separates K-Pop artists from Western artists and blocks them out of major slots like Video and Song of the Year.
- The hashtag #VMAsRacist spread on Twitter with fans bashing the decision and even calling for a boycott of the award show.
K-Pop Category Receives Backlash
BTS fans are slamming the MTV Video Music Awards and using the hashtag #VMAsRacist after the show shut the band out of major categories, and nominated them in its new “Best K-Pop” slot.
This is the first year the awards show will have the “Best K-Pop” category, and along with BTS, bands like Blackpink and NCT 127 are also nominated. BTS is nominated in three other places as well, including Best Collaboration, Best Choreography, and Best Art Direction.
However, they were notably left out of the show’s most prestigious categories like Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Best Pop. Now, the boy band’s devoted fan base is arguing that BTS has more than enough merit to be in those spots.
Their video for “Boy With Luv” broke the record for most views on YouTube within 24 hours. With over 470 million views in total, it has racked up more clicks than any of the hits nominated for Video of the Year.
BTS fans believe that with the addition of the K-Pop category, MTV is separating BTS and K-Pop phenomenons from popular western music. They also believe that since MTV is nominating K-Pop acts separately, they are giving preference to western artists to be nominated in the major categories.
Using the hashtag #VMAsRacist, fans called the VMA’s out for their decision.
Western artists aren’t doing it like BTS, and the fact that they’re not being acknowledged for their powerful stance in the music industry now and shoved them into a kpop catagory just shows how intimidated and xenophobic they are, and that’s the tea #VMAsRacist pic.twitter.com/gf8SsKmBc0— Jimin’s Plump Pussy (@trivia_moonligh) July 25, 2019
Fans on Twitter were not the only ones expressing their frustrations. This sentiment spread throughout the internet, with Teen Vogue writing a column calling the category “another way to marginalize successful non-white artists.”
“The details around these nominations sound like they’re saying, ‘You can come, just don’t sit with us,’” the column reads.
Since the VMA winners are fan-voted, some fans are encouraging everyone to vote so BTS will win all their categories. However, they are also saying that when the show airs, they should boycott watching as to not give MTV their views.
Viewers are something the VMA’s could use more of. Last year, the show hit an all-time low in viewership, with just 2.25 million people tuning into the broadcast. What kind of numbers could K-Pop fans bring to the table? Well, when BTS member J-Hope did a live stream counting down to his birthday, he racked in over nine million viewers.
This is not the first time the VMA’s have come under fire for the creation of international categories. In 2010, they added the “Best Latin” spot to the show. While Latino artists have been nominated in many other categories since then, only once has a Latino artist been nominated for the show’s top prize of Video of the Year. This nomination went to Camilla Cabello in 2018 for “Havana.”
The songs nominated in “Best Latin” also do well globally. This year, “Mia” by Bad Bunny featuring Drake was nominated just in the “Best Latin” category. However, when you look at its YouTube views, the video has 870 million hits. That’s more than double Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which is the most-viewed song nominated for Video of the Year this year.
Some are also saying that like “Best K-Pop,” “Best Latin” should also not be separated from other categories, and those artists should be included in the major categories.
MTV has not yet addressed the controversy. When the nominations were announced, Bruce Gillmer, the head of music at Viacom and co-brand head of MTV International, released a statement saying he felt the nominations represented the landscape of modern music.
“It’s been an incredible year in music and this group of nominees perfectly reflect the rich pop music landscape,” he said. “We can’t wait to see the outcome, once the fans weigh in. It’s going to be an awesome, unforgettable evening!”
See what others are saying: (Teen Vogue) (Vox) (Variety)
“Dahmer” Series Breaks Netflix Records Amid Backlash For Exploiting Victims’ Stories
Family members of some of the murderer’s victims say the program is “retraumatizing.”
“Dahmer” Lands Successful Week on Netflix
While criticisms mount against “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the true crime series broke Netflix’s record as the most-watched first week for a series debut.
According to data provided by the streaming giant, the Evan Peters-led show was watched for over 196 million hours between its release on Sept. 21 and Sept. 25.
“Dahmer” is the newest of several pieces of fiction and media based on the famous serial killer. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series quickly generated a lot of attention online, primarily from those concerned the show is exploiting a gruesome true story.
Critics have echoed those fears, giving the show a mixed 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The “Critic’s Consensus” blurb on the site states that while the show is “seemingly self-aware of the peril in glorifying Jeffrey Dahmer” the story still “tilts this horror story into the realm of queasy exploitation.”
Victims’ Families Speak Out
The family of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, has also spoken out against the series. In a viral tweet, Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry said his family is “pissed about the show.”
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” he wrote. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
In much of the promotion for the series, Netflix claimed it would be told from the perspective of the victims. Perry slammed that narrative, noting that his family was never even contacted by the streamer about the project.
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them,” he wrote. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”
Lindsey’s sister, Rita Isbell, echoed that claim in an essay she wrote for Insider, noting that Netflix did not notify her of the show, or ask her any questions about her brother.
She said that watching the show “felt like reliving it all over again.”
“It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” she wrote.
“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she continued.
Obsession With Dahmer
Controversy has also grown from some of the responses to the series, as many viewers have posted fan edits of the show that romanticize Dahmer. Some pair clips of Peters’ Dahmer with his victims to love songs or pop ballads, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who do not understand why someone would make content glorifying the killer.
Others have responded to the show by calling Dahmer “hot” or posting thirst tweets about his mug shot. This has resulted in a backlash of its own.
“Jeffrey Dahmer molested and murdered people, mostly black men and boys,” one person wrote. “So to see people making edits and thirst traps of him is a little off putting.”
“if I see anyone tweeting thirst tweets about Jeffrey Dahmer I’m immediately unfollowing,” another person said. “That’s so fuckin nasty.”
Concerns that this kind of media results in more people admiring Dahmer are also mounting in Milwaukee, where many of his crimes took place. According to TMZ, the city is considering creating something to honor the victims, but officials fear a physical memorial would turn into a “mecca” for Dahmer’s fans.
YouTube Removes Age Restriction From Nicki Minaj Video After Singer Calls Company a “Bogus Platform”
Even though her video can now be viewed by all YouTuber users, Minaj made it clear she was upset that the age-gate tanked its view count in the first 24 hours.
Nicki Minaj Vs. YouTube
Nicki Minaj called out YouTube on Monday after the platform age-restricted her new music video for “Likkle Miss Remix” featuring Skeng.
By age-restricting a video, YouTube blocks users who are under 18 or not logged into a Google account from viewing the content.
Minaj’s video features close-up shots of people in skimpy outfits twerking, but several videos on YouTube with similar imagery have not been gated. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video is available for everyone, as is Minaj’s own “Anaconda” video.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Minaj accused YouTube of being inconsistent and playing favorites.
“They restricted my fucking video but have things a million fucking times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM,” she wrote in a post that included a screenshot of YouTube’s age-restriction notice. “This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for another ppl and posting fake fkng stats. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company.”
Minaj further alleged that YouTube’s actions were done to prevent her from getting a significant number of views in the video’s first 24 hours, which is often the most crucial timeframe for a video’s success. She continued to assert that the Google-owned company has a bias toward certain music labels.
YouTube Walks Back Restriction
“How long have yall been playing the numbers game to lie & pretend ppl r doing ‘good’ when they r not?!?!!” Minaj continued in another post. “How much ad space did these duds purchase to be promoted on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”
Later on Monday, YouTube removed the restriction from Minaj’s video, per Variety. The company said the content in it did not violate its rules and guidelines.
While Minaj ended up deleting her Instagram posts calling YouTube out, she made it clear she was still frustrated by the debacle.
“FUCK THEM DUDS,” she tweeted. “THEY CANT GIVE US BACK OUR FIRST 24 HOURS CAN THEY?!?!!!”
As of Monday afternoon, her video had been viewed over one million times.
See what others are saying: (Variety) (The Independent) (Billboard)
“Don’t Worry Darling” Tops the Box Office Amid Bad Press
Audiences are already giving the film higher praise than critics did.
Young Women Flock to “Don’t Worry Darling”
Weeks of controversies and rumors did not prevent “Don’t Worry Darling” from finding victory at the box office, with the Olivia Wilde-directed thriller debuting at number one over the weekend and raking in $19.2 million.
Wilde also acted in the mid-century mystery, which starrs Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan.
Women led ticket sales for the picture, comprising 66% of the audience, according to several reports. At least partially due to the appeal of Styles, crowds also skewed young, with over half under the age of 25.
Overseas, the film made over $10 million, bringing its total for the weekend to $30 million. That number is especially impressive since the R-rated drama had a budget of $35 million.
“Don’t Worry Darling” had been plagued with weeks of rumors about behind-the-scenes drama leading up to its release. Among other bouts of gossip, many online speculated that Pugh and Wilde had riffs on set, leading to Pugh’s refusal to promote the project. One report alleged the two got into a screaming match, but sources on set denied it.
Wilde and Shia LeBeouf, who was originally cast in the picture, also got into a public he-said-she-said about whether he quit the film or was fired.
The drama hit a boiling point during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival when Twitter users circulated a video they claimed showed Styles spiting on Pine, though both parties have denied that allegation.
A Film Riddled With Rumors
Furthering the bad press were the bad reviews. Critics largely panned the film, sticking it with a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. After this first weekend, moviegoers seem to have a more favorable outlook, as it has a 79% audience score as of Monday.
Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief for Warner Bros., told the Associated Press that “the background noise” caused by these controversies “had a neutral impact” on its box office haul. The studio released a statement saying it was pleased with the movie’s earnings.
Some analysts believe that, if anything, the online gossip and fodder may have aided the film’s box office performance.
In a tweet recapping the weekend’s box office, Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, said the “drama sparked a huge wave of interest.”