McDonald's new BTS meal isn't available in Pakistan and fans are upset

Published 20 Apr, 2021 11:23pm

The fast food chain's collaboration with the Kpop group is available in 50 countries.

Photo: McDonald's/ Twitter
Photo: McDonald's/ Twitter

McDonald’s Corp has tapped Korean pop sensation BTS to promote a new meal, in a move that the world’s largest fast-food chain hopes will expand the reach of its US-based celebrity promotional campaigns to a global scale.

The Grammy-nominated boy band’s meal will launch starting next month in nearly 50 countries, including South Korea, McDonald’s said in a statement on Monday, and will include chicken McNuggets, fries, and two dips.

The burger chain has seen its revenue outside the United States drop during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is tapping on promotional campaigns through celebrity endorsements and limited-time menu items to get customers back into restaurants as economies reopen with the roll-out of vaccines.

The BTS meal follows similar US-only deals with singers J Balvin and Travis Scott, which McDonald’s says boosted sales in the later half of last year.

The spike in demand during the Travis Scott promotion caused the company to temporarily run short of ingredients to assemble its signature Quarter Pounder burgers at some restaurants.

Unfortunately for Pakistani members of the BTS ARMY, the meal is not available in the country.

Many fans took to Twitter Tuesday morning to ask McDonald's to send BTS meals to Pakistan too.

Many were plain upset at the news that they were being excluded.

They managed to get the hashtag, BringBTSMcDealInPakistan, trending on Pakistani Twitter on Tuesday morning but there was no update from McDonald's about bringing the meal option to the country.