BTS was among the performers during KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2019 at The Forum in Los Angeles on December 6 and members of the ARMY came in droves.
The South Korean supergroup opened the star-studded show which featured Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Halsey, French Montana, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Normani and Lizzo.
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BTS opened the show with “Mic Drop” and expressed elation to be a part of the event.
“We are the opening artist! Such an honor to perform here,” BTS told the crowd after performing their first song. “We are on the same stage with legends — this is the best holiday ever!”
Following BTS’ performance came Billie Eilish. Katy Perry then apparently angered the boy band’s fans after taking the stage when she hinted that they were young children.
The singer said in jest that the ARMYs should be happy because “most of you get to stay up late past your bedtime.”
katy perry only makes boomer jokes pic.twitter.com/8dxlAzVNwv
— #SEUNGKWAN (@haseulpop) December 7, 2019
As shown in videos that emerged online, many BTS fans left the building immediately after she told the joke.
i was preaching telling army to stay earlier but after hearing what katy perry was like….i don’t blame y’all, give halsey a few cheers & peacepic.twitter.com/zxHdFuuxnE
— josh (@btstiddies_) December 7, 2019
Some fans reportedly stayed but remained silent during her performance.
the crowd at jingle ball really gave katy perry the silent treatment
as if a black ocean wasnt bad enough 😭😭😭
— ً (@pinktweets_r) December 7, 2019
BTS fans who took to social media to criticize Perry for her comments noted that it was ignorant of her to say so as they are a diverse group, coming from all ages and all different backgrounds.
katy perry a whole grown ass woman who has a whole ass fanbase and probably knows a thing or two about the generalization of fans and their ages really just made a joke about armys saying “you guys get to stay up past your bedtime” she ain’t it.
— i҉ ARIANA AND MITZEL TODAY (@ddaengbutera) December 7, 2019
People (and Katy Perry) need to understand BTS has the most DIVERSE fan base, different races, skin tones, religions, ages and genders. We’re not teenage girls being crazy over cute boys, we’re more, that’s why we are the strongest fandom out there. pic.twitter.com/ipwU0pJfCP
— isa (@isadionysus) December 7, 2019
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The original version of this post has been edited to correctly report that Billie Eilish performed right after BTS, not Katy Perry.