He even known as ARMYs by an offensive identify.
The Charlie Puth and BTS‘s Jungkook collab “Left and Right” has been doing exceptionally well since its debut on June 24. The song recently hit its 100th day on iTunes and is currently charting at #60. The song was nominated for VMA‘s “Song of the Summer” and gave BTS Jungkook his “Artist of the Summer” title from Audacy.
The song’s success may be attributed to the laborious work of Charlie Puth’s followers and ARMY, who’ve been streaming the music and requesting it on radio stations to make sure it bought a justifiable share of airplay within the U.S. The aim was for the music to get chart data, and regular radio play was one of many concerns for the music to chart on Billboard.
However, one DJ from iHeartRadio, Brian Grimes, has put his foot down on not enjoying the music regardless of claiming he likes Charlie Puth and even tweeted about it.
The tweet has since been deleted after Grimes alleged that he was receiving dying threats on his DMs from indignant followers. However, one ARMY nonetheless wished to carry Grimes accountable for what he mentioned and uploaded a video of Grimes with the opposite iHeartRadio DJs, the place Grimes even known as ARMYs “BTS Nerds.”
.@xl1067 This is pointless, in a time when radio is dying your DJs are insulting people who find themselves truly participating and tuned in. Then to say they gained’t play a music as a result of they hate the followers? That’s simply immature and unprofessional. Please apologize. #BTSARMY #bts pic.twitter.com/vTYie3wYsy
— ⟭⟬ ⒷⓉⓈ Carrie⁷⟬⟭아포방포 ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ (@Carrie_Army) October 3, 2022
The video elicited a barrage of reactions, one coming from Ty Stiklorius, Founder and CEO of Friends At Work, the administration firm dealing with Charlie Puth.
Unbelievable. Can’t think about him saying this about Taylor Swift or Harry Styles followers. It’s so insulting. https://t.co/ynIPVPuePq
— Ty Stiklorius (@tystiklorius) October 3, 2022
ARMYs known as out not solely Brian Grimes, however the different DJs who agreed with Grimes that ARMYs’ repeated requests for “Left and Right” to be performed had been annoying.
Do your job @xl1067. If you are not enjoying requests since you view nerds as annoying, you’ve gotten critical points. Your “talent” admitted on air they will not play teams bc they hate the followers. That’s like me not writing abt celebs bc I dislike their followers. Oh wait, I do not do this… https://t.co/QqJj1GqZAh
— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) October 3, 2022
“We have to clean all of that stuff out” not @JohnnyMagic1067 admitting on @iHeartRadio that they filter out #btsarmy requests or @thebriangrimes calling us “nerds” and never caring if he offends us. I’ve one grad diploma & virtually two others. So, I suppose I’m a nerd. Anyone else? https://t.co/Rl7nMVWMEB
— SoCal Roving ⁷ Mapler (@SoCalRoving) October 3, 2022
Grimes took it additional and communicated with @Carrie_Army, the ARMY who posted the video.
He defined the place he was coming from whereas @Carrie_Army defined the followers’ perspective.
I’ve been listening for years, Brian, it was troublesome to listen to. Go again and see the interplay I’ve had together with your station, it’s often thanking you for taking part in BTS and fascinating. That’s why right now has been extremely hurtful.
You mentioned that you just had been being sarcastic, however on the similar time, when your cohost tried to drag you again, you mentioned I don’t care. BTS has confronted huge quantities of racism and xenophobia from western media, as do most K-Pop acts, and but followers are essentially the most engaged of any followers worldwide.
iHeartRadio is aware of this that’s why they’re sold-out occasions when BTS is there however have to provide away tickets after they aren’t. IFPI has mentioned they’re the best-selling group on this planet, they’ve gotten Grammy nods, gained AMAs, BBMAs, VMAs, iHeartwork awards, and but nonetheless, we’ve to prepare campaigns simply to get a collab performed on radio. A collaboration with an artist you your self mentioned you preferred. The query is why?
— @Carrie_Army, Twitter
We had challenges like this occurred earlier than. James Corden famously insulted ARMY for amusing however as a substitute of outright apologizing for what he mentioned to kick it off, he selected to deal with the few individuals who took issues too far.
I actually hope you don’t observe his instance, however thus far you might be following his playbook. Instead of claiming ‘I’m sorry for insulting ARMYs and saying I wouldn’t play the music,’ it has been it was a joke, I’m sarcastic, it was taken the fallacious approach, and I used to be threatened.
Can you see how that could be taken as a pivot and never a real reflection of offending your listeners? People do love BTS for his or her message, it’s a wonderful certainly one of unity and self love however we’re additionally very protecting of that message and all of the messengers.
— @Carrie_Army, Twitter
In the top, Grimes dedicated he could be enjoying “Left and Right” the subsequent day. The followers have been asking for iHeartRadio’s stand on Brian Grimes’ conduct however the station has not commented on the incident.