Radio host Syke (@SykeOnAir) is receiving criticism regarding his recent Twitter interactions with BTS‘s ARMY.
On February 21, BTS guested on US television and radio shows to promote the release of their new album, Map of the Soul: 7. One of these shows, Syke & MJ in the Morning, teased their not-yet-released interview on Twitter.
— Syke (@SykeOnAir) February 29, 2020
In response, one fan wrote, “it better not be a collab question”. In American interviews, BTS are frequently asked about artists, typically western artists, that they would like to work with. Syke addressed this comment and others in a way that fans feel is unprofessional and even “immature”.
This particular comment has turned many fans off Syke’s interview. “It must kill you to know you’ll never meet BTS,” he said while warning commenters that “violent threats” are not tolerated on social media.
Syke has also received criticism for posting a photo of hair (not BTS’s) as a “joke” that pokes full at obsessed fans.
Some ARMYs urged others to end this negative back and forth with Syke, and apologized on their fandom’s behalf.
Other fans, however, have sided with the ARMY who did not want Sykes to ask BTS about collaborations. After hearing the same question asked so many times, many fans do not want collaborations to be a focal point in BTS’s interviews.
After seeing how Syke tweets, some ARMYs are boycotting the interview and encouraging others to do the same.
PLEASE do not watch the interview done by that syke guy, he's not only unprofessional when talking to us in the comments of his post but he also made remarks about us being crazy fangirls in the past and posted a pic of "BTS' hair" so we would get "excited" like?? 😷 😷
— STREAM ☻N⁷ (@loveandspkyrslf) March 2, 2020
just block syke and move on armys. someone will reupload the interview so we don't have give him views. then bh will see how pointless it is for our boys to waste their time with that radio dj. don't antagonize him, he's loving the attention.
— Net⁷ ˢᵘᵍᵃ (@Jintimidating) March 2, 2020
I hope @BTS_twt never does another interview w/ that Syke guy until he issues an apology. The way he’s talkin reckless to ARMY all on the bird app b/c ARMY mentioned the boys don’t look thrilled & asked him NOT to ask dumb collab ?s. The level of disrespect Smdh arrogant af too
— Eri⁷ LOVING every FILTER of PJM 🐥 MIN MARCH 🐱 (@xchimChimmy) March 2, 2020
Syke previously interviewed BTS in 2019 for Map of the Soul: Persona.