About Asks that Don't Spark Joy and What I'm Doing About Them
Okay, I've thought about this on-and-off for weeks, but I think today is when I finally pull the trigger.
Below are some recent Asks that Don't Spark Joy I've gotten, many of them about the other maknae ships. I answer them below, but all these asks—but particularly the first one—highlight for me an issue I've been having a long time on this blog:
I spend way too much time "refuting" romantic j/k and t/k on this blog. And long ago, I talked about why I didn't want to do this: Because it impedes by ability to celebrate the Vmin bond and indeed, (platonically) all the other bonds, including ji/kook and tae/kook.
In fact, I want to do that, in the same way I quite easily get to celebrate the jinkook or the yoonmin or the minimoni bonds.
Honestly, I could ignore these asks—and I earnestly kept trying to do that—but I have zero impulse control and stopping anon asks for a time helped but I felt like I was missing out on nice anon asks. And... that led me to this new decision/rule, which I think will bring the content of this blog in closer alignment with the content I want to dominate here.
So. This is my decision:
I will block any anon ask that assert or hypothesize that Jungkook is or has ever been romantically linked to Jimin or Taehyung. The definite anon asks that will be blocked are those about: jealousy, carsharing (2), and micro-moments and fanservice moments being Significant.
[Not coincidentally, these are all topics I've discussed extensively before, please scroll to Say No to Bad Shipperverse Habits! part of my Masterlist. And click on my links. An ask similar to the one you want to send is probably there already. Please read my old posts, my feelings have not changed. If, after you read, you disagree with my analysis, that's... fine. Unless you bring a full-fledged counter-argument and want us to start debating, there's no need to tell me.]
Note that a blocked anon just means you can no longer send me anon asks. You are still able to send me a non-anon ask, that is, through a registered tumblr account. For now, I'm not blocking any named askers, even if they "break" my content rule above. So if you have a burning question about the other maknae ships, you will still have a way to submit them without anything at stake. You may also request I hold back your username. You may also DM me personally. As always, my DMs are open.
By the by, note I say assert/hypothesize. I'll still answer interesting meta asks about shipping that involve these ships like the one I just answered. I'll fully admit there's some discretion here but basically: I just want fresh, thoughtful asks.
By the by, if any anons who sent in some of these asks are reading: please don't feel bad. No one ask specifically triggered this decision, and while some of the asks below are more polite than others, I don't "hate" any of these asks or the anons behind them. Honestly, it's a practical decision rather than an emotional one. As ya'll may have noticed, I've had less time to dedicate to this blog in the last 2-3 weeks, and I just... have less time to read or answer or think about such joyless asks. And I just don't want to.
Hopefully this extra filter will block out the Asks that Don't Spark Joy, and provide me more time to dedicate to those that do.
Regular readers/commenters (you know who you are): Is this okay to you? Do you think I'm being fair? Please feel free to leave feedback on this policy either in the comments or in my ask box as anon if you'd prefer. I agonized about this because I didn't really want to block anyone, let me know if you have other thoughts/solutions.
Anyway. My last round-up of asks like this below the cut (many of which I had half-answers for in my draft box, so really, this is me doing spring cleaning and clearing everything out. Starting afresh with spring, haha).
You should soften your tone so you don't unintentionally invalidate the relationship or bond Jimin & JK have [Drift: I don't think I have, I've spoken snarkily about toxic jkker shippers but very fondly of Jimin & Jungkook and the sweet platonic bond I see them sharing, as I see all member pairs not Vmin share. But with my new rule, this will be solved anyway. By and large won't be talking/refuting romantic j/k or j/kkers, if I'm talking about them it'll be to appreciate their (platonic) bond]
Ji/kook moments have been mistranslated before, and Jimin could've dated someone before he dated Taehyung [Drift: Yes, and...? Lots of moments have been mistranslated, because translations are by nature hard. And obviously you can date other people before you date your significant other. What does that have to do with JK exactly? Is Jimin allowed to only date Taehyung or JK? Do you think other people aren't real in Jimin's world?]
We haven't had Vmin interactions in forever? [Drift: Inaccurate]
BH stopping shipping by splitting Jimin & JK up carpooling? [Drift: What a pointless thing to stop. And what a bizarre conclusion to make about 3 instances of car-sharing when they must ride in cars at least 100 times a month - we have an extremely biased 3% of the sample]
Vminkook jealousy! Jimin & Tae so cold to each other! [Drift: ...What are you consuming exactly?]
From anon 1: I understand aggressive j*kkers or heightened paranoia that urge to be petty even stronger I do, but please try to watch your language towards j*kook as a ship and actual bond and possibly try to be less petty for certain things. Try your best not to parrot some other shippers’ beliefs about them, namely t*kkers. I really don’t want you going down that path because you’re a very clear headed, reasonable, and rational person and I respect your analysis posts a lot.
I think you’re overall doing faring pretty well considering the hostility from other shippers you’ve been met with, but just for your sake, I just wanted to suggest softening the tone a bit, so you don’t unintentionally invalidate the relationship or bond they actually have (this is in response to your recent review post about the latest Bangtan Bomb from BTS Week on the Jimmy Fallon Show).
Thanks. I’m sorry if this was annoying but I just want for you to be as detached from that ugly side of shipping as possible. You don’t need to publicly share this if you don’t want to, just wanted to leave a cautious suggestion.
I can tell this ask is well intentioned—like, I see you phrased it kindly and carefully—but, to be honest with you, I don't quite understand what you mean.
Like, I don't think I'm invalidating any bond between the members? I also am not sure what the "tkker beliefs I am parroting" you mentioned are. Like, I never seek out other ship content, so the only jkker or tkker content I see are what gets sent to me. But to be honest, I see way more jkker nonsense theories than tkker theories because I'm on tumblr, there are a lot of jkkers on here, and so a lot more jkker thoughts get sent to me, some of which I've posted on this blog. So I literally have no idea what beliefs you could be talking about. Everything I've said here is what I think, cross-checked to the best of my ability.
To check myself, I looked back at all the Jungkook parts of my BTS Week @ Jimmy Fallon post, and I honestly still don't see anything that helps me understand what you mean:
Jimin & Jungkook clowned Yoongi and that was adorable. So. Bond appreciation.
This hug? Super cute. And yes, I made the point that this shows there's zero tension or jealousy between Jimin, Taehyung, and Jungkook here. I think that's an objectively true statement. Like, who hugs two people from behind as they stand next to each other and makes a silly face like this if he's not (equally) fond of them both? And this statement... actually reinforces JK's bond to each of them? Like, it's not as if I was speculating there was tension and sowing discord between the two of them, that would be invalidating their bond.
Me pointing out the moment in which Jimin & Jungkook went into the spinning bedroom and stayed was choreographed, because it connects to an old ask answer I once wrote about fanservice. And... this is factually true, as indicated by the director's comment? And that's... fine, as my Fallon post & the original ask answer lays out? Like, yeah, I note it's fanservice. But as I literally said in my post, BH does fanservice for all ships. And I just finished stating in the post right before this that BH does not 'favor' j/k over any other ships, I absolutely reject this conspiracy. My comment is about shipperverse, it's directed towards j/kkers and insecure vminnies blowing things out of proporting, saying it proves BH puts j/k in a glass closet or they're married, etc. It literally has nothing to do with Jimin and Jungkook's bond.
Maybeeeee you're taking issue with point 3? Just in case, I'll talk to this further:
I could've done this exact analysis with Yoongi & JK lying in bed together in Muster 5, or Tae hugging Jimin in that same Home performance. In fact, I did do that, if you read my old ask answer on fanservice. If a Vminnie hyped up that back-hug as consequential when it's just planned fanservice, I'd have told them the exact same thing. The only reason I directed a comment towards the j/k moment in particular was because I was once specifically asked about this j/k moment and why it happened.
And let me be explicit: just because we acknowledge this is a cute fanservice moment doesn't invalidate the real, off-stage j/k bond in any way. Just like, idk, acknowledging that Tae hugging Jimin from behind is fanservice doesn't invalidate the Vmin bond off-stage. The greater point I wanted to make is that staged mid-performance moments between all members reveal basically nothing about their bonds. Like, is it cute? Yes! It's fanservice, we're fans, so hell yeah, appreciate it in those terms—just don't blow it out of proportion.
And to be clear: my comment was not even directed to j/kkers hyping this moment up. Like, I think it's silly, but they're not readers of my blog—like, if you're a j/kker, you... definitely shouldn't be here, lol—It was directed towards insecure Vminnies.
As I've said, again and again, I ship and let ship. I genuinely don't care as long as they're not toxic. And even when they are being toxic—like, the honorifics lying/cultural disinformation/yellow-facing? still makes my blood boil as an Asian person whose culture means a lot to me—, I get mad, but I don't go to them. To be honest, I don't really give a damn what they're doing, I'm not their mom, I'm just tired of having to address it on my blog.
And no, I didn't unpack this all in my original Tonight post, but this is all discussed extensively in, again, my original ask answer & sprinkled all through the posts in my masterlist. Please do read my links.
If you simply take issue with my snarky tone when I talk about how I don't see any any romantic bond between Jimin or Taehyung with Jungkook... well, I genuinely don't? And I've explained why very clearly. And yet I keep getting asks about it, like, you can look at what's beneath here. So I often reiterate or anticipate this point.
But to my mind, none of my snark "invalidates" the Jimin & JK bond in any way. It's directed towards the silliness of j/kers or insecure Vminnies. Neither of whom have anything to do with Jimin or JK or their bond.
Could it make romantic j/kkers feel bad? Sure. But what can I do, it's not my ship, I don't see them as romantic and I'm going to say that. But I'm not shaming all jkkers, especially the ones who are just having fun with delulu hats on, as we all should. I've been very explicit in directing my readers and all shippers to stay in their lane, whatever their feelings about the other ships. The j/k ship is as valid as the Vmin ship, it's all a hobby, they should go and have fun! And not break the fourth wall! And stay in their own spaces!
My blog is for OT7 Vminnies, or flipped the other way, OT7 & multishippers with a soft spot for Vmin. They're the people I'm keeping in mind when I post here.
There's a reason I don't tag j/k even when I'm talking about their cute interactions—or indeed, any other ship tags beside Vmin. That's always been a conscious choice. I see all 26 other BTS bonds outside Vmin as platonic, and I think I do recognize & celebrate all these bonds... Just platonically. But I'm aware there are many shippers under their ship tag that see them romantic. Especially with Ji/kook, for example, Jinkook and Minimoni are sometimes discussed in platonic terms but Ji/kook seems very dominantly romantic. So I don't put my posts in front of them. That space isn't for me. Just like this blog isn't for them.
Now. All that said...
Perhaps what you're reacting to is that I currently don't celebrate the Jimin & JK bond (or the Jungkook & Taehyung bond, tbf) much? And that I spend too much time "refuting" the romantic interpretation? If so... yeah, I agree (see above).
So. In the spirit of doing that. This here? Mad cute.
First, Jungkook hooked his arms around both Jimin & Jin, and you know I have a weak spot for Jinkook and also just Jimin so A+ there. Then Jimin shrugged him off, and they tussled for a second, then Jungkook went and backhugged him while Jimin looked so resigned. It's mad cute. And honestly, such a bratty maknae JK thing to do.
Can you tell bratty JK is my favorite?
Also, JK's tied-up hair? Smoking.
Hopefully with my new rule, there'll be a lot more celebration of moments like this here on this blog.
From anon 2: This isn't the first time JKook's translation was downplayed/corrected by K/JKers/Ot7s. During the rain fight they said even tho JM was downplaying, what he told JK was way harsher as if a break up term, then what was said in the subtitles. I support Vmin, but V made it clear in SN, there was a window with JM that opened and closed. During that time JM could've been with someone else. However everything after SN's release makes it clear Vmin took another chance, otherwise SN wouldn't be released.
This is... the second time in a couple of days I've gotten an ask that literally makes obvious the anon didn't actually look at my post. Anon, if you're going to send in any ask about a post, please make sure to read & process it. Particularly this bit:
Second, this "mistranslation" (I would call it localization) is rather common across every piece of content. The reason this surfaces for shippy moments is because... well, shippers care. Just like how OT7 fans don't particularly care/notice things slightly lost in translation unless there's something they want to point out, like how they pointed out BTS's Korean statement about the anti-Asian attacks mentioned them being cursed on the streets, whereas the official English statement did not. I want to heavily emphasize there is no "regular pattern" here where j/k is consistently lost in translation, either accidentally or intentionally, it's just... translation choices
... Other examples of "mistranslations," to put things in perspective: Vminnies know the official English subs missed out on Taehyung telling Jimin, "I'll always be right here next to you, Jimin-ssi", but the official subs missed out on a ton in general. Like, Bangtan Subs noted a ton that were translated loosely or missed altogether there. Or that one time CORRECTION EDIT: Taehyung called Hobi "jagiya" but this was not translated in Run (this is something like "honey" or "darling" used by romantic couples, obviously used jokingly there, though you know if it wasn't Vhope but a maknae ship, this would be forever engraved in ship history, lol).
Let me rephrase my point, in simple terms, directly to your question: this moment, the rain moment you shared, all j/k moments of "mistranslations" I may not know about (*cough* honestly more accurately described as localizations, alternate translations, or missed subs) that have occurred over literal years (like... 2 years, between your moment and this one, do you know how many hours of footage we get of them per year?) are meaningless. There are "downplay/mistranslation" moments with several other ships and "downplay/mistranslations" with gen content too. See the quoted portion of my post.
What does this tell you? There no grand pattern centered on j/k here. BH is not deliberately underplaying j/k, and ARMY are not under-reading j/k because of these moments (because, again, literal hundreds of hours of content). That Jimin & JK talked about their rain fight in "harsh"/romantic terms, or that the Run editors made a cute engagement joke, mean about as much to me as Taehyung calling Hobi "honey"—which is that it's cute. And I'm glad I know now what the Korean jokes were. And... that's all my feeling on it.
Yeah, sure the translations was a little imperfect. So what? Translations are always imperfect. what they said exists in Korean and can be re-translated by fans who care, like Bangtan Subs, like OT7 translators, like shippers if it's a shipper moment [By the by, could you drop me a link to the gen ot7 translator commented on this moment and the other? I tried to verify them but couldn't]. Why is any of this surprising to you? Shouldn't you be aware when reading all translations that you're 100% definitely missing some nuance anyway? The only way to assure you're not missing any meaning is to learn Korean fluently.
Also, friend. If you needed the subs to be "more dramatic" or "harsher" to get that they were jokingly comparing it to a break-up, then... let's improve our video analysis skills, lol. The members literally talked about how it was like a drama, with JK crying and coming to Jimin, with the clear implication that it parallels a drama's break-up/make-up scene. I can't confirm what the mistranslation here was, but if it exists, it wasn't obscuring anything, lol. And my opinion about this moment changes zero.
[And if you want to know what I think about this rain fight, you can read my thoughts here. In summary: Do ya'll not have significant, meaningful fights with friends/family? Can Jimin & JK not have such fights unless they're in a relationship?]
[They are, really, so very cute. The dramatics.]
And yeah, you're right. If we assume Sweet Night is about Jimin, as I lean towards, then obviously there was a time before Vmin dated. And Jimin (and Taehyung) could have both dated other people before they got together. Duh. Don't most people date other people before they date each other? Am I supposed to swoon at this revelation?
What I don't understand is why this fact of life = Jimin dating JK. Do you think Jimin has like, literally two potential partners in his life, Taehyung or Jungkook? If he's not dating Taehyung, he must be dating Jungkook? This isn't the balance game, where your options are A or B.
You do realize this man is super hot, sociable, and interacts with hundreds of people during his schedules daily, right? He has friends from childhood and high school he regularly maintains contact with, as he literally told you in the same Run 136 ep; friends with whom he traveled in London, Paris, Russia, Hawaii etc etc; friends who are super hot celebs he hangs out frequently, to the point they have a squad name (Padding Group); friends so close to him that despite a 10-year age difference he speaks to in banmal. He could have dated... literally any of them, or others in his life we've never heard of, in the past.
Why must Jimin have been dating JK, someone he's said many times is the group's cute maknae, whom he literally just teased is "hyung's copycat" (aka following in his hyung's footsteps)?
I can't be 100% sure Jimin & Tae are dating each other though Let's BTS made me not jump to 100% there pretty hard lol. But I'm sure Jimin's dated someone(s) in his life, just as Taehyung probably has.
I just think it's very unlikely to be Jungkook, for both of them.
[And if you're still sitting there wondering why I think it's unlikely to be Jungkook, you can read posts from my Masterlist. And if you think they could've dated JK and/or like romantic interpretation of these bonds... *points to above* That's fine, you do you, I just disagree].
From anon 3: Not sure if you have wrote about this. If you have, could you link your theories. I've been thinking about in the past, Vmin were so much bolder. Esp V. He literally went on a Jimin is mine, Jimin is taken, the money made is mine too, etc.. post spree, basically alluding to them being a couple. Writing songs about JM and admitting they're about JM. Here lately tho, there is barely interaction. Do you think it's possible they split, but JM was okay with SN being released since its in the past?
From anon 4: How long ago did Tae say the "blue mold" contact info? Not when it was revealed. When he actually said it? I just feel since late 2020 til now, we have gotten no Vmin content outside of run episodes, which were filmed back early 2020. Its been all TKook and Jikook content since late 2020, esp Tae rushing to upload the NYE selfie. Also, look at the JKook riding situation that has stopped all together it seems, which is more shocking, even as a Vmin supporter. Maybe BH is trying to stop shipping.
Wow, these asks sure aged poorly, lol. They were sent in before what I've taken to calling Vmin FESTA week, lol. Sometimes I think I should just never answer these at all and just let Vmin do the talking for me. At some point or another, they always do, haha.
On the demand for Vmin "content" weekly + them drifting apart:
Please read the following posts:
Recency bias: This is discounting the past and weighing only what you've recently seen. And by recently, we're talking like... 1 month. That's, objectively, not a very long time. You do realize their "quiet periods" always coincide with when BTS are in general more quiet or either Jimin and Taehyung are quiet, right? I guess if a married spouse doesn't declare they're in love and want to marry you everyday to your friends and family, you're no longer married?
Point #3 on this ask & Vmin timeline: both point out the absurdity of the idea that they've drifted apart.
Sweet Night asks: I've said this multiple times, if Sweet Night is about Jimin, it makes zero sense that they split slash it's unrequited? Also "I like you most" and "I like you a lot too" sure sounds like sad ex-boyfriends huh.
And I can't believe this must be said, but: Vmin are not a TV show that's obligated to give us a new episode every week, they've got lives too, Tae specifically has been rather quiet throughout Feb and March, which he's totally allowed to be. Stop being entitled and demanding.
They haven't drifted apart in 8 years, the past doesn't always predict the future but I sincerely doubt a bond like theirs broke in a month for no reason.
On there not having been Vmin content:
But honestly, that we haven't seen Vmin act cutely together recently is just untrue. Even before we got what was essentially VMin FESTA 2021 this past week, there's been plenty in the Vmin tags, maybe look at Vminnie blogs & twts more often and look at t/k and j/k tags less often. I also recommend you write down Vmin moments in a calendar like I do, it lends perspective.
Also: it's unhealthy and useless to compare across ships anyway, everything we see have been selected and edited. They all have cute bonds, leave people to enjoy those bonds in peace. In fact, you go enjoy those bonds too. And the rest of the OT7 content we always get fed. Aren't you first and foremost a BTS fan?
On factual inaccuracy:
If you want to make a point about timelines, let's... make sure we know our timelines well. The BTS Run episode filming date jump around, as indicated by their hairstyles and the weather. Where'd you get the idea these were filmed in early 2020? Most of the run episodes lately were filmed in late 2020, with some early Jan-Feb 2021. For example, Run 130, the second tennis episode, was probably Oct 2020, judging by hair and how they hyped up Dynamite going #1 on BB100. Run 126 & 127, Lucky 777, was in June 2020 before ITS. Run 128, the quarantine games one, was in January. Run 133-135, the keyboard/dance ones were Jan/Feb, after JK turned blonde but before he turned blue.
On the Significance Bar, Selfie-ing, and Car Sharing:
Am I... meant to care about Tae uploading a selfie with JK? He wanted to post one. And he wanted to do it before continuing with their schedule. Whether he's posting a selfie with JK, Hobi, Jin, etc, my reaction is the same: It's a cute selfie. Tada~~
And if posting a selfie is your idea of "ship content"... what's Jin & Jimin having carpool karaoke on their ride home and spamming us with what, 6 vids? Marriage?
Similarly, am I meant to care that some j/kker stalkers reported that on 2~3 occasions over the past month or two, we saw Jimin not share a car with Jungkook?
No one, least of all BH, is stopping anything. Carsharing is already meaningless—but you act like in all 8 years, Jimin has only ever shared a car with Jungkook and never shared a car with anyone else. What a stupid thing for BH to "stop" too—like, shippers going to ship regardless, do you think their managers who I assure you make a lot of money don't know this and would waste their and BTS's extremely expensive time re-arranging car shuttles in inconvenient ways, just to unsuccessfully "quell" shipping? Just because irrational j/kkers obsess over their carsharing doesn't mean you should. At the very least, can you obsess equally about Jin & Yoongi carsharing so there's balance?
And what is this "it stopped altogether" business as well? We know who Jimin rode in a car with 2-3 times over 1-2 months. How many times do you get in a car in a month, lol? And you're not even a global pop star with a crazy schedule. A conservative estimate is that Jimin has ridden in a car at least 100 times this past month. So we know 3% of his care rides. And it's the 3% that's biased too, because 2 of those moments are ones j/kkers highlighted to us. What a meaningless sample size.
I'm sure, as a total JKand-Jimin-are platonic-person, that Jimin & JK still ride cars together sometimes, even if we don't see it - because why wouldn't they? At a very basic level, they're colleagues.
And again, why should I care? Could it be that... maybe... the members are just sharing cars? Going to the same place? Going back together to the dorms where they seem to still live sometimes?
[Alternatively, Jin & Jimin live together in a shared apartment outside and that's what Jimin meant by "we're home" - which is less likely than that they went back to the dorms, but hey, is possible I guess - and it makes me laugh that in one fell swoop Jinminnies got more "evidence" for their ship living together than toxic Jkkers did over like, 2 whole years of "analyzing."]
From anon 5: Why do you think Vmin are openly affection with other members more? Like JM trying to wipe V's tears, he pulls away from JM but hugs JK instead. At a black tie interview, JK answers for JM and says JK is what makes JM happy, same interview, JM says he would bring JK with him on a deserted island, instead of V. JK says JM treats him well, V jumps in says who doesn't take care of you? I think Vmin are the real deal, I just don't get the push/pull cause sometimes it comes across as harsh/hurtful.
From anon 6: I've seen posts about Vminkook & jealousy. What I don't get is, if JK knows Vmin are together, since at least 2017. If JK knows that, then why does he act jealous? Clearly, there's something causing it. Like when V is rubbing the guys shoulder in the elevator and JK stares the guy down, til the guy looks away. Or when JM is shaking hands with someone, JK pulls JM away. Its noticeable even if people ignore it. Like if JK knows JM is with V why does he care who JM shakes hands with or V touches?
More asks that aged very poorly, lol.
Anons, you literally just picked random moments through years and years to latch onto. Please visit the "Say no to Bad Shipperverse Habits" section of my masterlist, particularly the Significance Bar and Where Toxic Theories Come From.
Seriously, where did you even come up with these moments? Did you just press pause on a video and went, "There, I will make this Problematic and About Jealousy"? Or did you watch some t/kker and j/kker slowmo vids like I've told you again and again not to?
Do you honestly think V, Jimin, or JK remember when they shook hands with someone? Touched someone? Cried? Made jokes at each other? In a day, let alone over years? If they don't, how do you justify not only remembering, but building a whole grand theory re: jealousy around it?
It's your subjective judgment that they're more (physically) affectionate with other members. It's my judgment that they're as physically affectionate with each other as with any other member, and in fact have an additional layer of tenderness and affection expressed in both actions and words.
[By the by, I've talked about the MAMA 2018 moment you're referring to, seems they cry in-sync and was trying not to. But have you forgotten BV3, BV4, Muster 5? Jimin wiping away Taehyung's tears with his fingers and cradling him and approaching him where everyone else dares not to and Taehyung going straight to him when he wanted comfort?]
If you must think "clearly there's something causing it" and "it's noticeable even if people ignore it"... then like, go ahead, I'm not your thought police. But you don't have to tell me. If you're looking for validation on this type of thing, as I've made clear many times, I'm the wrong blogger for you.
From anon 7: If anyone should feel bad for anyone, then it should be JK. Jimin friendzoned him so hard on national TV, to the point his ears were red and he was flustered. I'm teasing, but calling someone your copy cat, isn't what I would call couple behavior. More teasing a younger brother who keeps coming in your room stealing your clothes and style, cause they admire you. I think that's exactly the point JM tried to get across. JK turned it back on him tho lol. JM loves JK, just not the way others think.
This is about Let's BTS.
It is the one anon ask I have split feelings about, and it's sort of unfair to say it "Doesn't Bring Me Joy" but I'll put it here anyway because I've split feelings. So fundamentally, I agree with the anon that the moment reads very brotherly - like, it's obviously Jimin the hyung teasing Jungkook the maknae for aspiring to be him / following in his footsteps, and then the rest of the members joining in on turning it back against Jimin with bratty Jungkook. And that's all very cute. And so far we're in alignment.
But like... what's with this thing about having to feel bad about Jimin "friendzoning" JK on national TV? Why would you feel bad for JK if they're platonic? Jimin was teasing JK and JK, who's always been shy in interview moments, did get red and then had no issues clowning Jimin with the rest. I actually hate the word friendzoning—being a friend isn't lesser than a romantic partner, it's just different—but anyway, if JK never wanted to date Jimin.. then what's there to be sad for JK about and why would it be "friendzoning"? And why would you assume JK wanted to and/or wants to date Jimin? Just because shippers say so?
When people aren't dating, it's usually because they... don't want to date. Why are we extending pity to JK that he probably doesn't want or need?
To me this sort of commentary does actually invalidate their bond.
This was a cute moment between the two of them. There's nothing related to romance here, but also nothing related to Vmin either. Let's not drag our ship where it doesn't belong.
JK admires Jimin and Jimin knows that, and they're comfortable enough to gently tease each other about it—and isn't that adorable? And honestly, as someone who is deeply inspired by Jimin, I fully empathize with JK. Except that unlike me, JK is also super strong and unique as a performer, just as he is, and I can't imagine the power of a JK that brings on some more of that Jimin sensuality.
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