The BTS is so big that they just forced their government to give them a longer reason to abandon everything and join the army … which is unprecedented.
South Korea has long had a law called the Military Service Act – which requires every able-bodied man in the country to serve at least 20 months before turning 28 … and K-Pop boys were no exception.
On Tuesday, however, parliament changed that – by allowing K-Pop’s best performers (who receive state awards) a 2-year reprieve, which they did specifically to reassure the oldest BTS member, Kim Sok-jin, who turns 28 this week.
South Korea’s excuse for breaking the rules … BTS brings so much cultural and economic prosperity to the country – especially now that they have broken through with an international audience – it would be a shame to tear off a key member when he is in the prime of the musical your career.
Keep in mind that K-Pop artists will NOT be completely exempt from serving – they will have to leave the microphone and take a gun with at least 30 when changing this rule … but the fact that South Korea leaned back because the biggest their boy group is astounding.
It is strange that the nation allows some exceptions to its policy of conscription – Korean Olympic athletes who receive medals, and Korean musicians who receive awards should not serve at all, as long as they are internationally recognized as such.
Sounds like all you have to do there to get off the hook is bring in a little prestige (and batter) … and you’re done!