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Screening of BTS film axed in Russia for being ‘gay’

/ 10:40 AM December 30, 2018
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SEOUL — A screening of BTS’ concert film scheduled in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan has been canceled following accusations that the group is “gay.”

The group’s hit film “BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul” was set to be played at a cinema in the city of Makhachkala after hundreds of local fans led a social media campaign to screen the documentary film in their city.

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But Cinema Hall, the local cinema where the film was to run, canceled ticket sales just a day after its opening, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, after an online boycott campaign was launched against BTS for promoting “over-the-top immoral behavior.”

One comment from the local group on Instagram reads, “We need to stop this outrage … about the band BTS (seven Korean homosexuals),” reported the Moscow Times.

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This is not the first time Russia has been accused of being hostile toward the LGBT community.

In 2017, reports of anti-gay purges in the Russian republic of Chechnya caused an international outcry.

BTS broke with tradition in K-pop and encouraged young people to speak for themselves regardless of their origin, skin color or gender identity during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September.

It is a rare move for a K-pop act to publicly support sexual minorities.

None of the seven members of the band, however, has come out as gay.

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