̾k̾o̾r̾e̾an pop (K-pop) music is an Internet phenomenon, with the 7-piece supergroup BTS being one of the biggest bands in ̾k̾o̾r̾e̾a. Now, after the country’s president Moon Jae-in met US president Joe Biden at the Whíte House, Democrats have hinted that he may also be a music fan.
Speaking at a joint press conference between him and Jae-In, Biden said: “Our people share a long history. Our scientists work side-by-side in both our countries. Our students study together, share ideas and seed new opportunities for future collaboration. Our people-to-people and cultural connections are only growing.”
Then there’s a little less diplomacy – and more tongue-in-cheek remarks from the president: “K-pop fans are universal.” After members of the auďïệnce responded with laughter, Biden added: “I can tell those who laughed know who I’m talking about.” For those who don’t, BTS released their latest single “Butter” on Friday and their international fan base – known as ARMY – a̾s̾sumes President Biden is referring to the group in his comment.
Given BTS’s global fan base, K-pop followers were quick to express their delight when Biden showed his appreciation for the music genre: