James Corden under fire for making an ageist joke about BTS fans

September 23rd, 2021

James Corden recently cracked an ageist joke about BTS fans and they are not having it.

On his show The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host talked about BTS’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Corden had posted the clip on social media but it has since been deleted. 

He said that the United Nations had “quite the unusual visitors,” referring to South Korean boy band BTS. 

Corden went on to say that the world leaders “have no choice but to take BTS seriously,” because the South Korean boy band “has one of the largest armies on planet Earth.” 

The comedian started trending on Twitter as fans spoke out about his remark on the boy band being “unusual visitors” at the UN. But that’s not the end of it — the next part of the comedian’s joke really struck a nerve with the Army: Corden said, “Historic moment. It actually marks the first time 15-year-old girls everywhere found themselves wishing they were Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres.”


The Army was offended by Corden’s ageist remark and pointed out that about half of the fandom are actually in their 20s and 30s, so the comedian’s joke was very stereotypical. 

Some fans have expressed their disappointment as the comedian doesn’t seem to understand and recognize the boy band’s past achievements despite having featured them on his show multiple times. 

In fact, Corden had been close enough with the band to have earned the nickname “Papa Mochi.” Corden’s nickname is from his being close with band member Jimin, whose nickname is “Mochi.” Corden’s “Papa Mochi” nickname used to be included on the comedian’s Twitter bio, but it has been removed. 

One fan spoke out against those who are trying to defend Corden, pointing out that the comedian is quite close with the boy band, so he is aware of the “prejudices” that they have to face.

Given Corden’s remark on BTS being an unusual visitor of UN and his ageist joke towards BTS Army, fans are now clamoring to cancel Papa Mochi. 

A lot of fans have also come to the boy band’s defense, mentioning BTS’ previous accomplishments, such as launching the Love Myself campaign, speaking up about hate crimes and racism, and making big donations to several international and local causes. One fan also pointed out that BTS aren’t “unusual visitors,” as their recent visit was already their third time speaking at the UN. 

Now that the Army wants to cancel Corden, some have brought up Jimmy Fallon and even remark that they want him to be the new Papa Mochi because he is also close with the boy band. 

As of writing, Corden has yet to issue an apology. 


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