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How to interact with other fandoms

How is the ARMY’s relationship usually  with other fandoms?

Our relationship with other fandoms is really dependant on each fandom. However, there is a history of hurt and betrayal with a lot of fandoms, especially other K-pop fandoms. Ask any veteran ARMY if you are not aware of the history of our relationship  and they will explain what happened. There is also a tendency of other K-pop fandoms to group together to go against us in votes, polls or more. Although some ARMYs may be a part of several fandoms, that does not mean ARMY are always welcome nor are they always well treated within these fandoms. I would advise treading carefully with interactions with other K-pop fandoms.

 

When it comes to western fandoms, several have established very positive relationships with us. These fandoms discovered BTS’ music through streaming parties and helped us chart higher than we possibly could have alone and bringing BTS message and music closer to the general public. In general, with western communities, the biggest problem we can be confronted with is racism. In this case, the best is to ignore those fans and simply move on and prove them wrong.

 

How should we react when we are being provoked by another fandom?

DO:

  • IGNORE THEM. Provocations are only meant to hurt us and distract us. Getting into a fight with someone who doesn’t care about what you have to say to defend yourself or your fave will never help BTS.
  • Keep that energy and time to stream or support or promote BTS. Getting BTS to win time and time again is the only way to defeat trolls and antis.
  • Stay positive. If you are affected strongly by the negative comments, then take measures, to mute words, block accounts who keep feeding you that negativity.

 

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What are joint streaming parties and how can I participate?

A joint streaming party happens when ARMY come together with another fandom to stream both BTS’ music and that fandom’s fave’s music. It can happen for several reasons: a collab, an interaction between artists, or simply as a way to reach an objective in charting and/or appreciate another’s music and broaden your horizons.

Joint streaming parties are a good way to establish good relationships with other fandoms, especially western fandoms who are often unaware of BTS’s music, which is also a great way to introduce their music to new communities.

However, there are some behaviours which could sour the mood, which we should avoid so we can enjoy the positivity often present during streaming parties.

 

DO:

  • Stream both BTS’ and the other artists’ music. If you do not like the other artist, simply dedicate your time to BTS, and let others enjoy their discovery of new music they might appreciate.
  • Share your thoughts on the new music: the greatest point of these parties is to see other people discover BTS, the other fandom will appreciate you giving your time to share your opinion, as long as it is fair.
  • Enjoy seeing a lot of people discover how talented BTS are, and make new friends!

 

DON’T:

  • Attack anyone who might not like BTS’ music. If it is not to their taste, then move on.
  • Stir up drama with that fandom: everyone is here to have a good time and help their fave, not to fight pettily.

 

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Final thoughts:

  • Never judge the fandom by the fan, and never judge the fan by the fandom.
  • If you are new to the fandom, you may not be aware of the history between ARMY and other fandoms. If this history is bad and cannot be forgiven, do not try to forgive on behalf of those who had to suffer through those issues.
  • Never attack the artist for something the fandom has done. It is a low blow and the artist does not deserve it.
  • You are in control of yourself and what you see online. Always remember you can block out any negativity, and enjoy all of the positivity to the max to have a great time! Have fun streaming!

I am 19 years old, French and American. Apart from being an OT7 ARMY, I am also an engineering student, and when I am not watching BTS videos you can find me watching movies, series or anime, listening to music, reading fantasy novels or playing video games.

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