BTS at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on April 3, 2022. The surprise announcement that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
BTS at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on April 3, 2022. The surprise announcement that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Tamar Herman
Opinion

Opinion

Tamar Herman

BTS taking a break is one of the biggest entertainment news stories of 2022. Why did it get so messy?

  • Panic over how long BTS’s hiatus would be and whether it would end in permanently breaking up completely ignored what the members were actually saying
  • It felt not only dismissive of BTS but of all artists who desire a change in direction, or indeed a rest in this world of constant production and consumption

BTS at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on April 3, 2022. The surprise announcement that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
BTS at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on April 3, 2022. The surprise announcement that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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