The Korea Music Content Association filed an official complaint to the Ministry of National Defense on an amendment that will enable K-pop acts to postpone their mandatory services, calling it "both unrealistic and unfair."https://t.co/QQkt59Il9Z— Korea JoongAng Daily (@JoongAngDaily) April 8, 2021
-- BTS was awarded the distinction in 2018 as an exception for its record-breaking footsteps despite having only debuted in 2013. Only musicians with over 15 years in the industry can be awarded cultural merit and the average age of musicians who have been awarded is over 60 years old.
-- The KMCA added that the law already discriminates against musicians since men who are doing undergraduate or graduate studies abroad or establish start-up companies are eligible for deferral.
inb4 fans dismiss this as other kpop agencies complaining their own lobbying was ignored. This amendment seems like a gift from the president for BTS' global good rep more than anything else *coughSaudiArabiaconcertcough* and the way it was conceived and ushered in is pretty telling.