- Rap personality Joe Budden is facing backlash for comments he made about BTS during a recent episode of his “The Joe Budden Podcast.“
- In the episode, which focused on highlights from the Grammy Awards, Budden went on a rant about how much he hated the group.
- “Do I need a reason? I hate them n***as,” he said when asked why. “I don’t have to divulge my reason to you, I just hate them n***as.”
- He also misidentified the South Korean group as being from China.
Joe Budden earned the online ire of BTS’ Army fandom after expressing his inexplicable hatred for the international K-pop sensations before suggesting the group is from China on his podcast.
Wednesday’s episode of “The Joe Budden Podcast,” titled “We Can’t Lose,” dove into highlights of the Grammy Awards, at which BTS performed over the past weekend.
“I hate them BTS n***as,” Budden said at one point. His co-hosts Ice and Ish probed him more about his reasons, to which Budden simply replied, “Do I need a reason? I hate them n***as. I don’t have to divulge my reason to you, I just hate them n***as.”
Budden continued his rant on BTS: “I don’t wanna hear that sh*t, I don’t wanna see them dance moves, I don’t wanna see you come down in the sky in a little umbrella.”
Comparing BTS to a popular American boy band from the ‘90s, he added, “I don’t wanna see [you] come from the audience and link up like Voltron and do all of the 98 Degrees moves.”
Budden also misidentified the group as being from China, saying, “I know they big, I know it’s China, I don’t wanna see it.” A co-host informed him that the group is Korean, at which point Budden made another reference to a ‘90s boy band and said, “I don’t want to see Korean-Sync.”
Joe Budden says he hate BTS and mistakes The group for being from China, but instead the group is from Korea. Joe seems to dislike BTS for no reason.#joebudden #BTS #Grammys pic.twitter.com/wh0qNEmKDG
— Media On Blast (@mediaonblast) April 6, 2022
On Twitter, BTS’ Army fandom quickly came to the defense of the seven-member group.
Some pointed out that Budden’s acute observations of the group’s performance seemed to contradict his claims of hating the group so much.
joe budden pulling shit about bts out his ass, but he sure knew every little detail of their grammy performance.
that’s a lot of attention paid to someone you supposedly “hate” for no goddamn reason.
jealousy is a disease and joe budden is one step away from the grave
— sammelsurium (@sammelsurium7) April 6, 2022
Others pointed out Budden’s pattern of attacking successful artists.
joe budden has hated on
– jay z
– frank ocean
– the wu tang clan
and just added bts to the list… he “can’t stand” successful artists😭😭
— april⁷ saw bts!! ･:*+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+ (@btscutiesss4) April 6, 2022
Joe Budden :
— SumSum⁷🍊HALAL ERA (@SumSumSeVeN) April 7, 2022
Another tweet shares a TikTok video made by one of Budden’s listeners that calls the podcaster out by saying, “Joe, I’m all for you expressing your opinion, but I’m over you hating on popular things just because you don’t see why it was more popular than you ever were.”
Apparently Joe Budden is hating on BTS! Does anyone have the podcast? pic.twitter.com/r47OvYSGnb
— Hobis’jawline ⁷ (@prettygal976) April 6, 2022
Budden was also trolled for his name being mistaken as a typo for “Joe Biden,” which some have claimed to be a testament to how unknown the podcaster is in comparison to the K-pop group he spoke out against.
The fact that everyone think Joe Budden is a typo and that we’re talking about Joe Biden speaks VOLUMES
— Christina⁷ (@Joonies_Girll) April 6, 2022
armys being ready to go to war with joe budden despite thinking he’s the president of the united states is equal parts funny and impressive
— noire (@siIverykoo) April 6, 2022