A magazine article about the American Music Awards has become a hot topic with NCT fans and BTS fans, for all the wrong reasons.
BTS and NCT, two of the hottest boy groups to hit the 2018 international music mainstream, were both involved in this year’s AMAs. BTS took home “Favorite Social Artist”, but was unable to accept the award in person, due to being on tour.
NCT 127, on the other hand, attended the event as guests in their dapper, black tuxedos.
Since the American public is just beginning to familiarize themselves with K-Pop, there were, naturally, a few mix-ups at the AMAs. NCT 127 were mistaken for BTS by attendees…
not @ her thinking nct is bts pic.twitter.com/Hv5rXDKfVV
— raquel (@lostinorbits) October 9, 2018
…as well as by several news outlets.
Both groups’ fandoms are unhappy about the confusion, but some fans have taken particular issue with the Times of India, a highly influential, in-print magazine. Times of India printed this photo of NCT 127 but labeled it as BTS.
Fans have expressed their frustration on Twitter, calling the mistake “disrespectful”.
@timesofindia at least do some research before you post something
I don't want to be rude but you guys are paid for it right??
So do your work properly it was disrespectful for both BTS and NCT
It's not that tough
I don't remember BTS having more than 7 members pic.twitter.com/h3D7h42iaJ
— ♡ˢᵃᵏᵘʳᵃ ʲᶦᵐᶦⁿლ (@bts_sakuraanime) October 12, 2018
I knew it that NCT 127 guesting @AMAs will make a confusion between our boys @BTS_twt @bts_bighit but this magazine @timesofindia should do basic research 1st. The picture is supposed to be BTS, and there is a winner next to them. BTS won not them pic.twitter.com/joec3RskZ2
— Seira Areub (@SeiraAreub) October 12, 2018
Many have pointed out that NCT 127 and BTS don’t even have the same number of members. NCT 127 has 10, while BTS has 7.
laughing at media thinking nct is bts is so mean and dumb. you realise that means all the western media sees when they see bts is that they're asian?? they can't even recognise their faces, the number of members in the group, it's sad for both groups, it's so not funny Wow
— happy jimin day !! (@jungkuwu) October 12, 2018
Please count members and do a bit of easy research by Googling before you post or print such things. I hope you will apologize to BTS and NCT.
— #Are_you_there, naptime? (@jins_highnotes) October 12, 2018
Fans are hoping that Times of India, and other outlets who have made the same error, will take measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
@timesofindia the least you could do was research before writing something.. You should apologize before people stop reading your paper.
— Kriti (@Kriti65999615) October 11, 2018
— vs- Jimin Day (@btsbunny13) October 11, 2018