The government of Pakistan removed a fan billboard for Jungkook on his birthday by upsetting the BTS fans in Pakistan. They took down the Billboard citing the popular boy band promotes “homosexuality”.
About the Billboard
“Happy 24th Birthday”, “Jungkook BTS Gujranwala ARMY ( name of the fandom)” was written and displayed on a bright yellow advertisement which featured a picture of Jungkook. The look in the poster was from the launch event of their biggest banger- Butter – from earlier 2021.
The BTS fandom aka ARMY, made the billboard dedicating their favorite Jungkook on his special day. It was put up in Gujranwala city of Pakistan. The billboard was taken down after a day instead of being purchased with the permission of the Chamber of Commerce. The ad was removed by A provincial assembly candidate and member of the Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami after it was highlighted on Facebook. The boy band has 23 records at Guinness World Records’ Hall of Fame.
BTS has a negative influence, says an assembly candidate
“We received a lot of complaints from people. There was so much commotion. There are young people in this city. This group (BTS) has a negative influence on them and encourages them to behave in wrong activities. They promote homosexuality,” assembly candidate Furqan Aziz Butt said in an interview.
Statements made by the local politician who intervened to remove the advertisement
“There was so much commotion,” he told VICE. “There are young people in this city. This group has a negative influence on them and encourages them to behave in wrong activities. They promote homosexuality.”
“Why was this put up here? They don’t have a brand name here nor do they sell products here,” the politician added. “The people who put it up to call themselves the ‘Gujranwala ARMY’. There’s only the Pakistan army here.”
India wishes Jungkook a very happy birthday
The removal of the billboard didn’t go well with the fans. Meanwhile, in India, billboard spaces and bus shelters were taken up to wish Happy birthday to the BTS star.
Fans were very upset. They reacted to the removal of the billboard taking the matter to Twitter to trend the hashtags such as “#PakistanLovesBTS”, and “#PakBTSARMYsAreStrong”.