Despite Backlash, K-Pop group BTS to perform in Saudi Arabia on October 11
BTS member Jimin says: It has been a while we have not performed in Saudi Arabia
South Korean pop band BTS — which is also known as Bangtan Boys — seems to have unaffected by the online criticism and backlash for performing in Saudi Araba’s capital, Riyadh. Yes, the popular 7 member boys band BTS has confirmed to perform in Riyadh saying that it was not an easy one to make. One of the group members said that it has been while they have not performed in the Middle East.
Speaking about the backlash for performing in a country with a questionable human rights record, BTS has recently opened up performing in Riyadh on October 11. One of the group member RM, who is popularly known as Kim Nam-Joon told the Hollywood Reporter last week, “I wouldn’t say it was easy.” “But we were officially invited. It’s been a while since we’ve performed in the Middle East,” he added.
Another band member Park Ji-Min, who is known as Jimin, said, “If there’s a place where people want to see us, we’ll go there. That’s really how we feel.”
Notably, Saudi Arabia has been inviting celebrities to visit Saudi Arabia to promote the country. Over the last few months, scores of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas and Sean Paul, as well as DJs David Guetta and Tiesto performed in the Middle East.
The Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is not leaving any stone unturned to present Saudi Arabia as the best tourist destination. For the same, they have recently announced to provide visas on arrival to tourists from 49 countries.