Ever since South Korean singer Jin from celebrity Okay-pop boy band BTS enlisted in obligatory military service earlier in December, his fans haven’t been in a position to cease worrying about him.
Okay-pop media outlet Allkpop reported that fans of Jin – whose actual title is Kim Seok-jin – have been flooding a web-based military neighborhood with their concern over the 30-year-old singer’s well-being, a lot to the frustration of different enlistees’ households.
The goal of fan assist is the “5th division key unit family love room” message board on a South Korean on-line neighborhood referred to as The Camp.
Examples of fan messages about Jin included queries about his weight-reduction plan, equivalent to: “Do you often give foods that contain potatoes, garlic and fish? Because Jin is allergic to those foods, that is why I am asking if those foods are given out often.”
In response, different members of the neighborhood have complained, declaring that “Jin is not the only person who enlisted in the military” and “it’s so hard to ask about my son or find information”.
The Camp neighborhood directors have now created a separate message board for Jin’s fans, referred to as “BTS’s Jin A.R.M.Y.”, in hopes of ringfencing Jin-related queries.
An administrator additionally requested that fans ease off their messages. “If there are too many letters being uploaded, the computer server will go down and other soldiers may not be able to receive their letters from their families and friends.”
“Please use the (K-pop) fan community Weverse instead of sending letters on the bulletin board… I am personally asking the fans with the heart of the parents who are also worried about the new trainees,” added the unnamed administrator.
Jin started his 18-month stint at a military bootcamp within the northern county of Yeongcheon, the place frontline troops are deployed on guard in opposition to North Korea.
BTS had revealed in June that they had been happening hiatus, citing exhaustion and strain, in addition to their plans to discover solo pursuits. But analysts mentioned the announcement was strategically timed due to the obligatory military responsibility.
The band will reunite round 2025 when its seven members have accomplished their service. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network