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New ‘BTS Law’ Is Passed in South Korea. An Army of Fans Rejoices. – The New York Times

The oldest member of BTS was saved at the last minute from having to join the military under the country’s conscription system.

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Under the revised law, K-pop entertainers who have received government medals for helping spread or elevate the countrys cultural influence around the world can apply for deferment of their military service. All seven members of BTS meet that requirement. They were awarded the medal in 2018.
The announcement of the so-called BTS law is a long sought-after victory for fans of male K-pop stars. Under South Koreas conscription system, military duty has been billed as a sacred rite of passage for all…

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