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This ARMY doesn’t wear a uniform.
Unlike traditional fandom, the K-Pop band BTS built a huge base of support by championing the message that everyone must find their own personal taste and voice.
Fans use BTS (an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan) merchandise and unique fashion statements to establish their place within the fan hierarchy (including roles like true fans, multi-fans or successful fans), as well as to express their own individual sense of identity.
There’s a place for everyone in this next-level fan club, which contributes to the remarkable density and cohesion of the BTS fanbase. They call themselves the ARMY, an acronym of Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. Their transcendent self-acceptance message binds the participants across gender, age, nationality and religion.
The supportive nature of the community and brand has led to self-organizing groups that accomplish tasks or work on behalf of BTS, from translating lyrics (job-like applications required) to running integrated media and advertising campaigns.
The level of organization the ARMY fosters enables BTS to collectively act and react as a single, strong entity. BTS made headlines for their mobilization against President Trump in a masterful prank that rallied Gen Z in the way only the digitally native generation can. ARMY fans booked thousands of tickets online for the Trump Tulsa rally and then did not show up, resulting in a near empty stadium.
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