The BTS ARMY is calling out ABC’s “World News Now” anchor Kendis Gibson for blatantly disrespecting the K-pop group’s historic speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly.
Gibson went on to belittle BTS during a television news broadcast on Tuesday by saying that “fans are used to seeing the boys spreading their legs” on stage and in their music videos.
The 40-year-old news anchor went as far as calling the group’s historic speech for their “Love Myself” campaign “poetic” in a sarcastic tone. He also referred to BTS as a “bunch of boy bands from Korea” not just once but twice.
Before closing the program, Gibson dropped a senseless comment right after he shook his head and said, “they’ve got choreographed dance moves.”
The remarks did not sit well with the fans, with many taking to Twitter to call out the network, ask to give Gibson a review and address the issue.
I don’t knows what’s so laughable about BTS’s speech at the United Nations but all I know is your little display was truly unprofessional. I really hope Kendis Gibson’s behavior is reviewed. @ABC @ABCNetwork
— ☆ faith ☆ loves Jjong // #TeachYou #Wow_Thing (@lcvesicktae) September 26, 2018
— Erika warren (@erikajp19) September 27, 2018
The fact that a reporter such as Kendis Gibson degraded BTS shows me that ABC news is not professional. This needs to be addressed, BTS deserves respect!
— Dalisreb (@odalis27) September 25, 2018
Some urged fans to submit complaints directly to ABC regarding Gibson’s comments.
work with organizations such as UNICEF. BTS aren’t just a “boy band”, they are advocates in stopping violence against children. Does Mr Gibson have a problem with this, or does he support child violence? He or your company needs to issue a statement. (2/2)
— Kaylyn (@iTripDinosaurs) September 25, 2018
I also submitted a complaint:
“I am submitting a complaint about Kendis Gibson’s professionalism, or rather lack thereof during his World News Now segment on BTS. It was absolutely uncalled for to comment “they’re just a boy band” and add derisively +
— autumnjade (@autumnjadefics) September 27, 2018
Here’s what other people are saying on Twitter:
@abcWNN hi abc, your reporter kendis gibson had xenophobic and biased remarks that had no factual evidence regarding a unicef partnership with BTS for the Generation 2030 campaign, your company is a leader is fair and factual reporting and this is far below standard,
— mr. president (@btsuperlesbian) September 25, 2018
I am not a fan of BTS but my friends do. Their advocacies are good. I watched the whole of speech by the BTS before UN Meeting. It is a shame that this anchor named Kendis Gibson threw VERY UNPROFESSIONAL COMMENTS on the said group. Disgusting anchor. https://t.co/KPJdKYb5SB
— Jomell Peralejo (@jominytest) September 26, 2018
@kendisgibson @abcnews @worldnews Kendis Gibson should stick with ‘reporting’ the news instead of mocking people who are trying to provide a positive influence. Maybe actual research instead of his opinion. BTS is NOT just any Kpop band Apologize NOW!
— tj jones (@tjonesview) September 26, 2018
What is so funny Kendis Gibson? What do you insinuate when you shook your head and said “BTS is a bunch of Kpop Boy group with choreographed dance moves” PLEASE EXPLAIN! https://t.co/3dX8NAeBtK
— CassieTv (@cassieprojects) September 26, 2018
Hi! Can you create a hashtag for Kendis Gibson? It would mean the world to me and other ARMYs as well if we could trend him for what he did to BTS. I’m asking you this because I see that you have a lot of followers. Thank you!
— MIYO. #SpeakYourself (@bangstanee) September 25, 2018
Kendis Gibson I want you to realize how much BTS has affected peoples lives and branch so much light to people’s hearts. They have made me want to become a better person for myself and for others. By Namjoons ( RM ) yesterday and the many other people that spoke I have been so
— semi (@semibear15) September 25, 2018
Kendis Gibson must be off from the news. BTS’s speech has been inspiring to young people all over the world. You absolutely insulted UN, BTS and young people.
— juleeart (@juleeart) September 25, 2018