Fans of K-pop sensation BTS think new single Butter is a low-key lesbian anthem
K-pop idols BTS have returned with a brand new single titled “Butter”, and fans are celebrating the song as a lesbian anthem.
The new song is the second English-language single from the South Korean band after last year’s hit “Dynamite”. The two songs share similar upbeat vibes and, of course, BTS‘ signature stellar choreography.
In the “Butter” music video, the seven members of BTS – Jungkook, V, Jimin, Jin, RM, Suga and J-Hope – dance in suits as well as gym clothes. At some points in the video, the seven members appear in front of a colourful backdrop that looks shockingly like the lesbian Pride flag.
Keen-eyed queer ARMY members – the fandom name for BTS – were moved by the possibility that the K-pop group might have intentionally put a lesbian flag in their music video. Queer fan group LGBTS safe space tweeted that they believed the group put the flag in the music video, saying they were going to “f*****g sob”.
— LGBTS safe space ♥︎ (@LgBTSsafespace) May 21, 2021
Another BTS fan account tweeted the new single is a “lesbian anthem now”, and they don’t care who argues against it.
bts says lesbian rights ! butter is a lesbian anthem now idgaf pic.twitter.com/3GFYUFPnH3
— bts pride flags 🧈 BUTTER SOTY (@btsflags) May 21, 2021
Others said the music video was the group declaring “lesbian rights”.
BTS SAID LESBIAN RIGHTS pic.twitter.com/288K8iRXV4
— 𝕟𝕚𝕔𝕠 💜 🧈 (@chaengwlw) May 21, 2021
THE LESBIAN FLAG???? BTS SAID LESBIAN RIGHTS pic.twitter.com/98zLy8AWJx
— Dxa | yoonjin’s bestie (real) (@themwithluv) May 21, 2021
One fan said they were now convinced that BTS are “lesbian protectors”, adding “you can’t convince me otherwise”.
BTS LESBIAN PROTECTORS. You can’t convince me otherwise. 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/dg23gyg6LD
— BMYGS⁷🧈 (@Yoon9iah) May 21, 2021
Another fan said there was a “BTS party at the lesbian flag” and asked: “Who’s coming?”
bts party at the lesbian flag. who’s coming pic.twitter.com/0wtte0yo0N
— hina (@koobitime) May 21, 2021
Someone else pointed out the gradient in the lighting is ‘spot on’ with the varying colours and tones in the lesbian flag.
IT’S SPOT ON YOU CANT EVEN ?? pic.twitter.com/5CieVjS6KM
— leah ❍⁷ 🧈💚 (@enbyoonji) May 21, 2021
BTS will perform “Butter” live for the first time on Sunday (23 May) at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, where they’re up for four awards.
They are also expected to make a special cameo appearance in the upcoming Friends reunion, which is set to premiere on HBO on 27 May. NME reported BTS will join Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Malala Yousafzai and David Beckham as special guests on Friends: The Reunion.