What's the secret to BTS' Jimin's shoulder reveal? Seven highlights from V Live for 'BE Essential Edition'
Suga is back in all his grumpy glory! In a surprise V Live session, all seven members of the BTS interacted with fans about the new BE: Essential edition album release on February 19. It has been a while since the gang got together to interact with the Army as Suga has been recovering from his shoulder surgery and by the end of the livestream around 80 million Army had tuned in to interact with them.
Here are the seven major highlights from the fan interaction that had the group members talk about everything from how they celebrated the lunar New Year, what would happen with 5 Jimins and 5 Jungkooks and the reason behind Jimin's 'accidental' shoulder reveals. And if that wasn't enough, there was also V's 'strawberry extract' drool while Suga and RM had major grandpa moments, followed by Jin, V and J-Hope's 'pain-in-the-butt' reveal.
Lunar New Year BTS style
J-Hope kicked off the conversation saying: "I went to my hometown and ate something delicious". Suga said he had been busy with his rehab exercises and had his wisdom tooth removed. "It's still bleeding inside, so I am licking it now," he said because feral lil' Meow Meow is now a mood. RM spoke about getting semi-violent with his dad, "almost grabbing" his collar and generally being a bad son over the traditional Korean game of Yut Nori. Jungkook had spent his time working out, but only "on and off" as RM reminded him before Jimin jumped in to defend him. And Jimin was being a lazy couch potato binge-watching 'Infinite Challenge' episodes, including one titled 'Sin and Punishment'.
The 'secret' behind Jimin's shoulder reveal
Discussing the photocard in the album, members teased Jimin about revealing his shoulder again in the picture. "This is what you wanted, right?", said Jin, speculating that Jimin had it cut like that. "As you know everyone, my left shoulder is narrower. So the outfit slipped," said Jimin, while RM gave him a 'yeah, right" look and J-Hope giggled. Jimin leaned into this premise saying even when he wears a backpack, only the left one slips. RM teased, "And earlier your shoulder kept going up... while pressing down, it just went down for a bit, right?" referring to a sight gag Jimin had pulled earlier, to which Jimin said with a straight face. "Yes, that's it. Scoliosis". RM had to say to the camera (for the more gullible Army), "It's not like that, everyone".
Suga and RM's 'grandpa' moments
It started with a fan asking them to close one eye and pinch their cheek if they saw the message. V, the arbiter of all things cool, said the trend was now dated. Suga was surprised to know it had been trendy. "Was that popular? It's impossible to do that," he asks, having a FOMO moment. Then later, he turned philosophical. "I think we are all just staying in that past moment," before grumbling how "young people" did not use the traditional phone receiver C-sign to the 'making a call' gesture anymore. Instead, they put a palm up to their ear. V, also turned old soul, saying they don't how to place collect calls either. And then RM had his grandpa moment saying if they were talking about what the latest trend means, "It's over for us, we're already old". He even told Suga about the FOMO concept, as the two 'hyungs' acted like they were 80-years-old.
Five Jungkooks and Five Jimins
The members discussed how everyone wanted to know if they wanted 5 Jungkooks or a 5-year-old Jungkook. While Jungkook groaned at being the object of this discussion (again), RM, with his producer's hat firmly in place, said he wanted 5 Jungkooks because they would harmonize so well. Plus if one got tired, there were four more to do the job. But then, everyone decided a 5-year-old Jungkook would be too hard to resist. Jimin specifically wanted a 5-year-old Jungkook because even if there are 5 Jungkooks, none of them would work he claimed because they would all run away. "Jungkook where are you? Jungkook is not here. 5 Jungkooks are gone," he said as Jungkook grinned at the accurate description.
Suga predictably wanted 5 Jimins. "As expected," teased Jimin, asking if he wanted to fall in love with all of them. "I will make you do a lot of work alone," Suga replied grimly. Jungkook on the other hand wanted 5 Jimins because "it will be fun if there are 5 Jimins", saying they would compete against each other to make them laugh. The Jinkookie and Yoonmin ships sailed on high seas just because of this conversation alone.
V's special 'strawberry extract' drool
Just when Suga was giving gross details about bleeding from his mouth, calling it like "tomato juice", Jin cried out about V wiping his drool on him. "It's strawberry extract," protested V, so Jin helpfully amended his statement, "he's wiping a mix of strawberry juice and drool on my clothes!" Apparently, everything is food for BTS.
Suga wanted to make a documentary
During the V Live, in response to anxious well-wishers on the app, Suga gave updates about his condition. He told his fans that he was on the road to recovery and undergoing intense and painful rehabilitation sessions three times a week at the hospital that includes "2nd stage of shockwave therapy". Suga was extra dour because of his wisdom tooth extraction and he warned the others not to make him laugh too much.
In typical Suga fashion, he also didn't mince words about how painful the rehab sessions were. He said he wanted to make a documentary about his recovery, but he looked too pitiful like the Korean 'Screening Humanity' docu-series. "I looked too sad so I couldn't film it".
Jin, V, and J-Hope reveal 'pain-in-the-butt' chairs
A testimony to the professionalism in the back row, it wasn't till the very end that we found out that Jin, V and J-Hope were sitting on the tiniest little chair stools. All three shot up with their tail-bones aching toward the end when they couldn't bear it anymore. Till then, it was impossible to tell they had been sitting uncomfortably through the nearly one-hour recording. "That chair is as small as my face," said Jimin, when J-Hope got up and V padded the seat with the balloons in the background. "This show is spinning out of control", said RM, which is exactly how the Army likes it anyway.