SNL was hosted by Emma Stone (for the fourth time) but the spotlight was really on seven guys last night.
BTS was the first K-pop group to perform on SNL and their fans, collectively known as ARMY, were out in full force on social media during their two performances.
The group’s new album, Map of the Soul: Persona, is expected to smash sales charts. For me it’s all about their precise, high-energy dance moves, the songs are meh– but I’m CLEARLY not the audience. They performed Boy With Luv & Mic Drop, for the live audience and they went nuts – and Twitter & Instagram lit up.
Jae-Ha Kim, a journalist for the LA Times tweeted,
“Slay!!! Their voices were perfection… They adapted their dancing to that tiny stage. And they were backed by what looked like a Korean band. I feel like a proud auntie. I…even put my cake down for this performance.”
Actress Angie Grace said,
“I screamed in my living room. Not even gonna lie. #BTSxSNL”
The band’s performance also sparked a conversation about the historic and cultural impact.
Actor Paul Bae said,
“I’ve been watching SNL since the late ’70s til I stopped watching in the 90s. Never seeing an Asian face on their staff always stung. But tonight I just saw 7 Korean faces gracing that damn stage and it was the best part of that show so I AM OVER IT. #BTSxSNL,”
Crazy Rich Asians debuted on HBO last night. I watched it for the first time (& loved it. I see why it grossed $250 million) Then after seeing BTS on SNL, I thought, the future isn’t just female, it’s Asian too.
(Photo, NBC, via CNN)