- BTS dined at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong in New York City on Tuesday night.
- Co-owner Bobby Kwak posted a video of their visit on his personal Instagram, which was filmed without the band knowing.
- He also said that the group’s predecessor in the K-pop world, Big Bang, had “more talent.”
- The post angered BTS fans, who gave Baekjeong one-star reviews.
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A Korean barbecue restaurant in New York City was swamped with one-star Yelp reviews from BTS fans after one of its owners said another K-pop band was better than the boy band.
BTS dined at the Midtown location of the barbecue chain Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong on Tuesday night.
Co-owner Bobby Kwak posted a video of their visit on his personal Instagram, which was filmed without the band knowing. In his caption, he made a controversial comment about the boy band that’s seemingly taking over the world by comparing the group to its predecessor in the K-pop world, Big Bang.
“Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe it’s way past my time but I feel like Big Bang had more talent than BTS. Kinda like Jordan vs. LeBron debate but I will admit they are slowly growing onto me,” Kwak wrote, according to Eater.
The post has been deleted, but Yelp reviewers launched a one-star wrath on the restaurant, criticizing Kwak for both secretly recording BTS and comparing them to Big Bang.
“Secretly filming and trash talking about someone for clout is terrible behavior and one I don’t condone,” one reviewer wrote. “Considering all the celebs who’ve visited there before you would think they would know what not to do. Soooo disgusted! Totally ruined all my good experiences there and I don’t want to support an establishment who secretly films good people and then insults them for fun or whatever.”
Another said: “Owners are rude and disrespectful! Save your money. They film their customers without consent and post it on social media just to ridicule them. Terrible! If you want to be filmed and have semi decent Korean bbq… i guess you can spend your money here!”
Kwak issued an apology on Instagram, taking responsibility for secretly filming BTS while they were at Baekjeong.
“Just want to apologize to BTS and all the BTS fans out there. The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while i was eating there. There are no hidden cameras and i take full responsibility. I got star struck. I hope all the fans and the members of BTS will be forgiving and know it was done with zero malice,” he said.
Yelp has issued a warning on Baekjeong’s review page, noting that the restaurant had hit headlines and it had disabled content posting.
“While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to this news event, we work to verify that the content you see here reflects personal consumer experiences with the business rather than the news itself. As a result, we’ve temporarily disabled the posting of content to this page,” Yelp said.
INSIDER has contacted Baekjeong for comment on the incident.
BTS fans, also known as the “ARMY,” or “Adorable Representative of MC Youth,” are known for being intense.
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