There are two things ARMY really wants you to know: BTS isn’t going to take a break and it certainly isn’t the same as One Direction. After a brief period of confusion over whether or not K-pop boy band would be taking time apart (something that started two weeks ago after the guys announced they would be taking an unspecified amount of time off before later making it clear that no, they’re not breaking up), ARMY is firing back at anyone who suggests their favorite group is even temporarily breaking up — and that includes Netflix.
After the streaming service’s official Twitter account posted a tweet joking that Generation Z and Generation Alpha share the experience of losing their beloved boy bands — 1D and BTS, respectively — to so-called “gaps,” it received thousands of comments and retweets. from very upset ARMY members. Here’s what the tweet said: “Millennials are going through the Destiny’s Child ‘gap’. Gen Z is going through the One Direction ‘gap’. Generation Alpha is going through the BTS ‘gap’.”
That caption was accompanied by a screenshot from the platform’s hit series umbrella academy, in which one of the characters says, “All we have in common is childhood trauma.”
Millennials are going through the Destiny’s Child “gap”
Gen Z is going through One Direction’s “gap”
Generation Alpha goes through the BTS “gap” pic.twitter.com/SmjbCfKCpU
— Netflix (@netflix) June 27, 2022
In addition to Netflix repeating the word “hiatus” — which was originally used in the English translation on BTS’s Festa dinner video, in which the group announced their temporary hiatus — and comparing the “Butter” performers to Harry Styles, Zayn Malik , Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne’s former group, ARMY also wasn’t too happy when the tweet insinuated that BTS’s fan base is made up entirely of kids.
“Is the fandom made up entirely of 12-year-olds?” noted one fan. “Once they turn 13 they drop their bts and new 12 year olds join the fandom??? younger armies are always welcome here, but come on, do you really think they buy their albums?”
“Brb, I’m canceling my subscription,” another wrote simply, before following a screenshot showing that they were actually going ahead with ending their Netflix subscription.
Billboard has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Check out some of ARMY’s responses to Netflix’s tweet below:
what do you mean by gen alpha is the fandom made entirely of 12 year olds? once they turn 13 they drop the bts and new 12 year olds join the fandom??? younger armies are always welcome here, but come on, do you really think this buys their albums?
— blue⁷ (@OurWhalien52) June 27, 2022
So Netflix just bundled us all together with Generation Alpha.
Please tell me which generation are you..?
— Cypher⁷ ᴮᴱ ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ/ Shesawseesaw (@cypherluscious) June 27, 2022
brb I’m canceling my subscription
— Jodi ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ Apobangpo (@jodwithluv) June 27, 2022
your business is deteriorating by the second, did you really think this was a good idea?
— yy⁷ in the box🃏 (@JlNTERLUDE) June 27, 2022
Hmmm, BTS are spokespersons for Louis Vuitton, Hyundai, Samsung & Coway just to name a few companies, which sound like companies selling to children 🙄 I am 54 years old ARMY and having a great time supporting #BTS during this “gap” that looks like a very full schedule. Please remove this! pic.twitter.com/EW7bA8XYSW
— Debbie (@dssissons) June 28, 2022
I am 35 and a fan of BTS. I also pay for Netflix every month for 5 years and now this tweet will make me rethink it.
— Kelly Tran⁷ (@ktran825) June 27, 2022
This is off on more than one level🙄 BTS has no break, doesn’t put them in the same category as the other groups, and the military is made up of a wide variety of age demographics, including LOTS of millennials. Gen alpha is very young, doesn’t stream or buy tickets or here on twitter…
— mimic (@jms_eyesmile) June 27, 2022