Did Namjoon use a ‘slur’ in his song? ARMY defends BTS singer as Internet slams him for disrespecting 'autism'

'namjoon should apologize bc it is a slur at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if he intended to mean that way or not,' a user commented


                            Did Namjoon use a ‘slur’ in his song? ARMY defends BTS singer as Internet slams him for disrespecting 'autism'
Kim Nam-joon aka RM from BTS (Getty Images)

BTS' Kim Nam-joon better known by his stage name RM, is now being slammed on Twitter for using 're***d' in their 2014 extended play, 'Skool Luv Affair'.

The lyrics of the song getting slammed read, "And bad words could never stop me. They could never re**rd me. This is my ideology. Who in the world can dampen"

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It is still not clear who noticed the slur in the song, which was released 6 years back. One Internet user slammed him saying: "The r slur alone has and is being used to oppress people and inflict trauma to them, and a prominent figure such as namjoon saying it in a song just to sound lyrical is just very wrong idk why i’m still explaining this." While another one tweeted: "namjoon should apologize bc it is a slur at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if he intended to mean that way or not. And saying that it’s “noun” or a “verb” is insulting and unfair to people with autism/ neurodivergent it hurt them stop sweeping up ur kpop faves mess under."



 



 

Soon, more and more people started slamming him and wrote, "tw // ableism , r slur mention hey namjoon i got aspergers and high functioning autism like i know u would be quick to call me a r*tard lord!" One person complained: "Tonight, my neurodivergent best friend has been harassed by neurotypicals for being offended about what Namjoon said. She has gotten dms telling her that she is wrong for being offended and has been called the r slur. So many people with corrupted mindsets are speaking over nd +"



 



 

As soon as the Internet started slamming Namjoon, the BTS ARMY came to support him, saying: "To the people who keep saying namjoon needs to apologize He did, he sat for hours on his live apologizing for the things he’s said. And btw THE R SLUR HAS TWO MEANINGS." While another one tweeted: "I think the Namjoon of today gets more checks on his lyrics to see how they are interpreted differently than intended Someone speaking English as a second language may not understand nuances If you put the word through Papago (Korean translator) the slur doesn't come up"



 



 

One person wrote: "hey, neurodivergent army who comes from a largely neurodivergent family here. the term that namjoon used in the song is a verb meaning "to slow down" which comes from the italian phrase "ritardando" often abbreviated on sheet music as "ritard." or "rit." anyone who has any + experience with reading sheet music can confirm this. the slur does indeed stem from this word, following the assumption that nd people are "slow." however this word is still commonplace in music and has absolutely NO CORRELATION to the slur in the context used by joon. he's a + composer. end of story. i suggest that if you're not nd you should NOT be speaking on this. if other nd people are telling you to stop you should STOP. you should ALWAYS hold your favs accountable for their problematic actions but he simply did nothing wrong here, sorry. +" The fan went on defending Namjoon in a long a thread.



 

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