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랩 몬스터에 대한 총기위협으로 방탄소년단의 뉴욕 콘서트 갑작스레 마치다

7월 16일, 방탄소년단의 뉴욕 콘서트가 랩 몬스터(본명:김남준)에 대한 팬의 악질적인 위협으로 일찍 마감되었다.

방탄소년단 멤버들은 재빨리 스테이지를 벗어났고 팬들과의 헤어짐의 인사 또한 없었다. 처음, 이같은 결정은 프로젝션 스크린과 같은 기술적 문제 때문으로 보였다. 하지만, 나중에 전해진 사실로는 트위터에 올라온 살해위협 때문에 콘서트 기획자들이 콘서트를 중단하도록 했다고 밝혀졌다.  

한 트위터 이용자가 총기 사진을 올렸는데 충격적인 내용의 글이 올라와 있었다.

“총을 들고왔다. 쓰러뜨릴것이다. 남준에게 명복을빈다.”

극장관계자들이라고 주장하는 사람들이 방탄소년단의 뉴욕콘서트에 왔냐는 질문을 보냈고 트위터에 위협포스트를 올린 이용자는“나는 방탄소년단의 팬으로서 현재 영국에 있다. 그만 연락을 보내라. 곤혹스럽다” 라고 대답하며 악질적인 팬의 해프닝으로 마무리되었다. 하지만 불행히도 트위터에서의 살해위협으로인해 콘서트 기획자들은 급작스럽게 콘서트를 중단시켰다.

 Hi-Touch 티켓을 구매한 팬들은 공연 후 맴버들과 하이파이브를 할 수 있는 기회를 잃어 공연취소 발표 후 실망을 금치 못했다.

랩몬스터는 최근 흑인 케이팝 팬들을 불쾌하게 만드는 발언으로 논란의중심에 서있었다.

최근 멜버른의 한 인터뷰에서  그룹메이트들을 만난 첫 소감이 어떻냐는 질문에 “그들이 너무 까맣기 때문에 아무것도 볼 수 없었다. 밤이 다가올수록 그들을 찾을 수 없다”라고 말해 팬들의 빈축을 샀다.

한편, 콘서트에 참가했던 팬들은 극장을 떠나야만 했다. 현장에는 보안요원과 뉴욕경찰관들이 주둔했다. 콘서트중단에 이의를 제기한 팬들은 격리조치되었다고 전해졌다.

이같은 해프닝은 평화롭게 콘서트를 즐기려는 뉴욕 케이팝팬들에게 불행한 일이었다. 또한 이번사건은 방탄소년단의 레드불렛투어에 참가하려는 팬들에게 실망스러운 선례가 되었다. 방탄소년단은 텍사스 댈러스에서 7월18일공연을 갖고 시카고에서 7월24일 공연을 한뒤 7월26일 로스엔젤레스에서 마지막공연을 갖는다.

방탄소년단 멤버들 또한 실망한팬들을 위해 사진과 비디오들을 올리기도 했다.

기사 및 사진 : kpopstarz

번역 : 김효제 인턴기자

BTS's New York Concert Abruptly Ends Due To Alleged Death Threat Against Rap Monster

On July 16, BTS was forced to cut their New York City show short, due to reported death threats against member Rap Monster (Kim Nam Joon.)

The group abruptly concluded their sold-out concert with only one encore song, as fans anticipated their return to the stage for their latest hit single "Dope."

 The hasty conclusion appeared to be due to technical difficulties involving a projection screen behind the group. The members of BTS quickly departed from the stage and did not deliver parting messages to fans. However, it was later revealed that concert organizers were reportedly forced to halt the show, due to death threats delivered through Twitter.

A user, who has since disabled the Twitter account, posted a photo of a gun. The picture was accompanied by a disturbing message. "Just brought my gun," said the Twitter user. "It's about to go down. RIP Namjoon."

The Twitter post was accompanied by the event hashtag, #TRBinNYC.

Best Buy Theater officials allegedly contacted the user, via Twitter. "Are you at the BTS show in NYC?" questioned a Twitter user purporting to be an official for the venue. "This is the Best Buy venue management and we would like to talk to you. You are not in trouble."

The user who initially posted the threatening messages responded to the post from the alleged official, but stated that they were not even in the United States. "I live in the UK and I'm an ARMY [fan of BTS]," said the user. "Please stop sending me hate. I was hacked."

Unfortunately, the strength of the words included in the initial Twitter message paired with the image of a gun, forced organizers to abruptly conclude the concert.

Fans who purchased Hi-Touch tickets, for the opportunity to high-five the members of the group after the show, were disappointed when this event was also canceled.

Rap Monster is at the center of controversy due to recent statements that were made, which many international Black K-pop fans found offensive.

 During a recent interview in Melbourne, he was asked by a reporter from Officially KMusic to describe his first impression of meeting his group mates. "I couldn't see them because they were too black," said Rap Monster. "When nights get dark, I couldn't find them."

The seemingly innocuous question led to a response that has left many Black K-pop fans of BTS and Rap Monster debating his statement, as well as, the overall nature of Colorism in Korea.

It should be noted that the Twitter user who allegedly delivered the death threats purported to be a Black woman in her photo, referencing the former Fugee's rapperLauryn Hill.

Meanwhile, fans who attended the show were forced to leave the theater. There was a strong presence of security and New York City Police Department officials on the scene. Audience members who questioned the method of conclusion were allegedly instructed to depart due to serious developments involving the members of BTS.

This latest event is unfortunate for New York City K-pop fans, who have peacefully enjoyed the recent influx of concerts. It also sets a disappointing precedent for audiences who will attend other performances on BTS's Red Bullet tour.

BTS will perform in Dallas on July 18, followed by a stop in Chicago on July 24 and will conclude their tour at Club Nokia, in Los Angeles on July 26.

The group members also posted several photos and videos, in what was likely an attempt to reach out to their disappointed fans.

KpopStarz has reached out to SubKulture Entertainment, the organizers for the BTS Red Bullet Tour in the U.S., for a statement regarding the events in New York City. Stay tuned for more updates as the story continues to develop.

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