Ever since global superstars BTS started to get accepted by the international audience in the United States…
…and subsequently, by the whole world…
…ARMYs have been expressing their belief that BTS helped “pave the way” for other K-Pop artists to be accepted by international fans, too.
As they described it, “paying the way” doesn’t mean being the “first” to do something. Rather, it means “doing it with an impact and helping others do it, too”.
Paving the way does not mean who did it first, paving the way means who did it with an impact that helped others do it too.
— ⁷ (@sarasfilter) June 22, 2020
And while some fandoms may disagree with what ARMYs are expressing, ARMYs decided to make this belief trend by posting several pieces of “proof” on social media platform Twitter.
Here are 10+ of the most convincing arguments that support the notion that BTS “paved the way” for other Korean entertainment artists in the industry:
1. Even YG Entertainment admitted BTS’s significant contribution
even YG admitted that BTS paved the way so what’s your excuse ? pic.twitter.com/G7D3klXG57
— M (@itzaboutime) June 23, 2020
2. They helped create history
“bts paved the way” means creating history with such an enormous impact to the point that kpop has been acknowledged more globally. if it weren’t for bts’ success, y’all wouldn’t try so hard to get that ✨ western validation ✨ that bts didnt ask at the very first place.
— ρ𝘳ꪖꪀ ⁷ (@beemyhope_) June 23, 2020
3. Worldwide domination
— Lele ✨🌑 ᵂᵉ ᴬʳᵉ ᴼᶰˡʸ ⁷ (@lelebtslove) June 23, 2020
4. It’s included in an official document, after all
yg writing a 15 page report and 2 pages being about bighit and bts and how they have impacted their businesses.. say it with me, bts. paved. the. way. pic.twitter.com/kXwGJLY3TM
— abi⁷ (@btsgws) June 23, 2020
5. Fans believe other people are just in denial
yg admitting that bts paved the way but their stans still in disbelief pic.twitter.com/ApYOoCJbjq
— JJK⁷ (@ethereaIjks) June 23, 2020
6. ARMYBLINKs are thriving
idk who needs to hear this but
bts paved the way, blackpink is the biggest girl group, bts' music goes beyond kpop, blackpink in your area is the most iconic line in kpop, bts has done more for the world than your faves and blackpink is the revolution.
— 乂UNFOLLOW SPREE CHECK PINNED (@jminspy) June 23, 2020
7. The tea has been spilled
south korea culture minister: bts paved the way
south korea president: bts paved the way
seo taiji, creator of kpop: bts paved the way
psy: bts paved the way
south koreans: bts paved the way
a kpop stan from minnesota and some part in southeast asia: we beg to differ https://t.co/PMEhFT2yj1
— cat ⁷ (@mygscene) June 19, 2020
8. Patrick is judging the non-believers
“Indeed, BTS’ increasing global presence in developed markets over the past several years has paved the way for partnerships between other Kpop artists, US labels, and broad-based global fan base expansion” We been saying this for years. It’s only the delusion who dont believe it pic.twitter.com/k5JUsTwB5i
— Tri ⁷ (@THEEEhottie) June 23, 2020
9. ARMYs believe that BTS is a record-setter — everywhere they go!
— lea ⟭⟬⁷ ʲⁱⁿ (@seokjinbit) June 23, 2020
10. It’s hard to have a conversation with someone who doesn’t have an open mind about the topic
2nd gen groups: bts paved the way
kpop idols: bts paved the way
companies: bts paved the way
gp: bts paved the way
president of sk: bts paved the way
kpop stans on twt: y'all hear something? anyway here is a long thread on why armys saying that bts paved the way is toxic
— ewa⁷ (@fakelovekoo) June 23, 2020
11. It’s a good time to be an ARMYONCE today
Anyway days ago i saw a tweet said smth like multi won't admit that bts paved the way, well armyonces couldn't relate because the godjihyo said it herself pic.twitter.com/tvC3UjKC3f
— cak⁷⁺⁹ (@bangdungie) June 23, 2020
12. The President has already spoken
" BTS PAVED THE WAY "
– PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA pic.twitter.com/e2yVTgOfTz
— YASMIN⁷ ⟭⟬ (@ARMY_BELONG2BTS) June 24, 2020
13. The genre is BTS
BTS paved the way & broke away from kpop. pic.twitter.com/F6zcO9QYXs
— Agust D⁷ ᵇˡᵐ (@es_ot7) June 22, 2020
At the end of the day, though, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
if you think SHINee paved the way, you are absolutely correct.
if you think bts paved the way, you have never been wrong.
if you think snsd paved the way, thank you for being so honest.
if you think big bang or exo or 2ne1 or super junior paved the way then okay?? they did !!!
— serena ♡ (@WEISHENMARK) June 22, 2020
Here’s another thing that ARMYs made viral because of their love for BTS: V‘s “I purple you” message! Check out the emotional details in the next article below: