First off, if you’re not in the know, BTS is a Korean boy band with a HUGE international following.
Second, no, you aren’t learning the name BTS just to learn a new name in five seconds.
BTS’ name in Korean roughly translates to Bulletproof Boy Scouts. The problem is Bulletproof Boy Scouts, besides sounding like a band whose CD you could buy at a Hot Topic in 2004, does not fit the acronym BTS in English.
So the boy-banders have taken on a new name to go along with their rising international profile — one that fits the letters:
Beyond The Scene.
The group announced the change to their name and logo in a new YouTube video (below).
(And if you didn’t believe us about that huge following, just check that view count!)
Fan reactions ranged from confusion to annoyance to acceptance. See just a few of the reactions (below):
when i went to sleep bts were bulletproof boy scouts but when i woke up they were beyond the scene what just happened
— Mariella ♡ GA in bio (@foreheadjeon) July 5, 2017
bts : hi, we are BTS.
armys : you mean bulletproof bo-
bts : it means beyond the scene.
armys : but bulletproof boy-
bts : beyond the scene.
— sarah (@jintoxicated) July 5, 2017
I feel like convos with new ppl gonna b like:
“Yes Beyond the Scene”
“Isn’t it Behind the scenes”
“Im talking about Bangtan Boys BTS”
— 뷔린내 (@only_bangtan_) July 5, 2017
BTS will always stand for Bangtan Sonyeondan.
But I think it’s cool that their “English name” is “beyond the scene” now.
— 봄날 – ASD? (@precioushobiii) July 5, 2017
old armys: beyond the scene who? i only know bulletproof boyscouts
new armys: bulletproof boyscouts who? i only know beyond the scene
— ㅈㅎ (@JE0NKING) July 5, 2017
Are you part of the BTS army? If so, what do YOU think of the name change??