K-pop band BTS’ leader RM says he did not insult any religion by sharing Frank Ocean’s song ‘Bad Religion’ to his Instagram story earlier this month.
In a live broadcast on social media platform Weverse, the rapper, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, said people keep saying he has insulted a religion, but he believes he hasn’t.
The K-pop idol shared a Spotify share of Frank Ocean’s song to his Instagram account earlier this month.
The song was released in 2012 as part of Ocean’s album Channel Orange. In the R&B song, he describes an unrequited love to a taxi driver. After RM shared the song, many people on social media demanded he apologise for doing so and insulting Muslims.
The hashtag “RM apologise to Muslims” also trended on X in which people called on the K-pop star to express remorse for sharing the song.
“There was no intention or purpose to insult a religion, I respect every belief and religion,” RM said during his recent broadcast. “That’s all I can say.”
He said he knows what’s going on on Instagram and has read some of the conversations that were started over him sharing the song.
“There was no such purpose or even one per cent of my heart where I had an intention to insult a religion,” he explained. “It’s a song, okay?”
He clarified, however, that he was not apologising. “I am 30 years old, I can express my true thoughts. Please believe my words, the ones coming from me. Don’t guess, pretend or assume,” he said.