From anchors doing their "homework" to a give attention to the band's message, "GMA" aimed to make ARMY proud.
While BTS undoubtedly ready and rehearsed hard-core for his or her meticulous efficiency on Good Morning America, it was clear that there was simply as a lot preparation happening with the present itself forward of the group's first U.S. morning present look.
BTS followers, often known as ARMY, are passionately protecting of their boys and have taken it upon themselves to teach and converse out in opposition to errors in reporting or demeaning takes on the group. In the previous, followers have delivered heavy criticism to rudely dismissive anchors and poorly ready reporters, however from the get-go, there was a transparent dedication in GMA aiming to know and respect the artist and fan tradition.
Despite rain showers all through the night time, Billboard heard that followers started lining up at GMA's Times Square location at midnight forward of the present that begins at 7 a.m. ET (and wouldn't see BTS carry out until nearer to eight:30). Weathering the weather was price it, marking a uncommon second for supporters to not solely get to visibly assist their idols on mainstream U.S. tv, however undeniably show the affect BTS is making in America, as the present is thought for filming each their indoor and outside audiences -- a key visibility level in comparison with different coveted media appearances like, for instance, Tonight Show that brings a restricted quantity of visitors inside their Rockefeller Center studio.
Before the blokes even took the stage, the GMA expertise was eager on connecting with BTS followers in numerous methods. Anchor and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee launched her youthful sister in a social-media livestream as a four-year-strong member of the ARMY and later shared extra about her studying experiences.
"I do know for me, the primary couple years [my sister] was into this, I used to be like, 'I don't get it,' and then I began listening to the music," mentioned Zee, who wore a purple gown, because the colour has a particular that means to BTS followers, earlier than including her tackle ARMY. "I've discovered to be very tender with my phrases as a result of the ARMY is so robust. We would by no means wish to offend. I really feel prefer it's type of good. We're studying the way to be people as a result of of them; the way to be variety individuals."
That respect continued on-air, the place GMA anchors Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan welcomed the band with hugs and handshakes. Backstage, Roberts shared she learn in-depth articles concerning the band as a part of her "homework" for the looks, which got here by means of when she talked about how "it's so lovely, every part that you simply're about," asking RM concerning the group's speech on the United Nations and staring contently at member Jungkook as he answered a query in English regardless of him not being fluent in it.
Meanwhile, Strahan was positive to maintain the message of self-love in focus when asking the band about their newest Billboard 200 chart-topper Love Yourself: Answer, including, "Robin's been saying all morning how she loves the message, the way you guys unfold love and that's what the world is about."
Roberts might have summed up ARMY greatest when she mentioned, "They actually respect your music, however they respect the message."
From the anchors to the viewers to the crew, the appreciation for BTS was palpable, till the blokes hurried offstage when the present wrapped (with Jin needing to seize V, who stayed waving to the studio viewers as his members shuffled out). It's this sort of mind-set and mutual respect that helps an act surpass any labels or preconceptions that may maintain them again, and be seen because the artists and musicians they intention to be seen as -- which is all followers need them to be seen as too.