The internet went nuts over the past few days regarding the existence of a Telegram group chat under the name “Agama BTS” (BTS Religion) allegedly “founded” by hardcore fans of the 7-member boy group – widely known as ARMYs.
The admin of the group also introduced what is known as the BTS pillars to symbolise the members’ loyalty to the boys, much to everyone’s dismay. According to Gempak, the chatroom was joined by over 4000 participants from Indonesia and also Malaysia.
In response, ARMYs nationwide has step in to clarify the real situation. There were also a few who seek the help of the public and fellow fans to report the controversial chatroom. This was done in order to prevent BTS from becoming the target of unfair criticism from local keyboard warriors.
Not long after that, the undercover of a group of ARMYs who disguised themselves as members of the chatroom eventually succeeded in proving that it was merely a tactic intended by an anti-BTS individual.
Fans urged to expose the founder of the group and have the culprit publicly apologise for the damages done. According to them, the founder’s actions not only gave a negative impression to everyone, but it also insulted the religion.
calling out to all malaysian armys and muslim armys! i have the link to that "agama bts" group. we can report that group!! that group was organised by an anti just to make locals hate bts and armys. please spread this! other armys all around the world can also help us!! 💜
— 𖧵 𝚖𝚒𝚛𝚊 ⁷ ⟭⟬ || ♡ ˢᵉᵒᵏʲⁱⁿ (@peachyseokjini) May 6, 2020
I hope we can stop the trending about agama bts ni, nanti ramai orang fitnah memfitnah. I'm a muslim and i pissed off too i feel like crying 🙁 please ramadan ni sister dan brother. Report terus please 😭
— seven (@thesevenguy) May 6, 2020
Mohon report ye semue grup telegram ni .. aku tak rase orang yg wujudkan grup ni betol2 sembah bts , die cuma nk menghina agama Islam so die menggunakan army2 ni, mane army yg bodoh tu pon ikot https://t.co/yNparaFqqx
— Ayieee (@nazriayie__) May 7, 2020
Following the incident, fans of BTS trended “#StayStrongMYARMYs” to show their support for Malaysian ARMYs. The hashtag is still trending as at time of writing (Friday, 8th March).