On February 24 at 2 PM KST, BTS held their online global press conference for their new album MAP OF THE SOUL: 7. This conference was broadcast live from their YouTube channel, allowing foreign media and fans all over the world to tune in.
Among the many questions received, one question garnered attention as it mentioned the topic of military enlistment. Fans were divided in opinion stating that this question was unnecessary and shouldn’t have been asked at such an occasion.
The question read:
To this, Jin gave his reply.
I know many people are curious about this topic and all I can say is that no decisions have been made yet. I believe that military enlistment is a part of my duty and I am ready to accept it whenever the country calls me in. If something does become confirmed, I hope to show my best to everyone.
Some fans did not understand why such a question made it to the global press conference list.
“This wasn’t even a real-time question so I don’t understand why Big Hit included it in the list of questions. If you know that nothing has been confirmed, why add it in? Jin looks so distraught after answering this question.”
실시간 질문도 아닌데 이 질문을 넣은 빅히트는 왜 넣은것인가
군입대 결정된거 없는거 알면서 왜 넣었니? 이거 답변한 이후로 석진이 생각에 잠겨있는거 같았다고ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ pic.twitter.com/jGVitTSYVV
— (슙)늘 진 By jin⁷(슙) (@neuljin1204) February 24, 2020
“I thought they received the questions beforehand through e-mail? Why didn’t they take this question out? Jin just said the same answer he’s always been saying so why was it necessary to be said again here?”
아니 근데 메일로 받았으면 사전에 다 걸렀을거아님 빅히트 이 시발롬은 군입대 질문 왜 안거름?? 어차피 전부터 말해왔던 얘기 그대로 석진이가 똑같이 했는데 굳이 앨범간담회에서 다시 얘기했었어야함? 좆같노 7명 시한이 얼마 안남았다 이지랄 ㅠ
— 진순 (@oiowpsdj) February 24, 2020
“It looked like they were trying to get past this question quickly. Usually two members answer one question but this one only Jin answered. I hope Big Hit can say something about this soon instead of adding questions in like this.”
약간 이 질문 빨리 마무리하는 기분 들엇어요..거의 한질문당 두멤버가 답변햇는데 석진이만 하고 끝냇고 ,, 빅히트가 군입대 한번쯤은 언급하자 이런 마인드로 이런 질문 내보낸게 아닌가 싶네요.
— 서현⁷ (@SEOHYUN_0217) February 24, 2020
What are your thoughts about this question?
This new album contains a total of 20 tracks with 15 being new songs. They will promote in Korea before starting their world tour in April.