Don’t mess with BTS stans.
After an owner of New York Korean barbecue chain Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong posted a video of the K-pop band dining at his Midtown restaurant, fans claimed he was violating BTS’ privacy rights and flooded the eatery with one-star Yelp reviews in retaliation.
Members of the group dined in the restaurant on Tuesday night when co-owner Bobby Kwak snapped a video of the heartthrobs to share on his personal social media.
The since deleted Instagram post read: “Maybe I am being too harsh or maybe it’s way past my time but I feel like Big Bang had more talent than BTS. Kinda like Jordan vs. Lebron debate but I will admit they are slowly growing onto me.”
Offended by Kwak’s words, BTS super-fans – dubbed the “ARMY” – took to Yelp to criticize the owner’s actions with many accusing him of having used hidden cameras to obtain the footage.
In a new Instagram posted today, Kwak attempted to save face and denied having planted hidden cameras. He also apologized to fans, writing: “The video taken yesterday was not done by Baekjeong the restaurant but by myself personally while I was eating there. There are no hidden cameras, and I take full responsibility. I got star struck.”
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, which operates a sister location in Los Angeles, is a favorite of celebrities like Rachael Ray, the late Anthony Bourdain, Ed Sheeran, the Williams sisters and Chris Rock, according New York’s Eater. The band was in town for two sold-out shows in New Jersey.