KUALA LUMPUR: Popular American TV show host Dr Phil has come under fire from fans of international K-Pop group BTS for apparently describing one of its members as simply having a "manufactured" and "marketed" personality.
According to Koreaboo, the trained psychologist, whose actual name is Dr Phillip McGraw, had said that to his guest, Oli London, during a recent episode of his show, Dr Phil.
London, a superfan of Jimin from the UK, apparently has been obsessing over the popular idol since 2013.
It was reported that he had undergone over 15 plastic surgery procedures and spent about USD150,000 (around RM611,749) in order to look like Jimin.
Recently, the 29-year-old Brit even got married to a cardboard cutout of the South Korean artiste in Las Vegas, which was broadcast live on American TV.
During the episode, Dr Phil told him to just be himself. "You can do all this other stuff, but in the final analysis, everywhere you go, Oliver goes with you. You ought to make peace with him, and learn to love that part of who you are."
But the host also added that Jimin was a false image. "You have to know that the somebody else that you’re wanting to be is not really who that person appears to be. That’s a manufactured, marketed image," he said.
Fans of BTS, dubbed Army, felt that Dr Phil had discredited Jimin as a real person and were tired of K-Pop being looked at negatively.
They quickly expressed their outrage on social media. An irate fan wrote: "Instead of dragging that freak who wants to physically look like Jimin, Dr Phil dragged jimin instead? I’m tired of BTS members getting dragged for crap other people do."
Another said: "So Dr Phil said Jimin is 'a manufactured marketed image' which I think is ironic considering 'Dr' Phil is not a licensed psychologist and his entire career is built on a manufactured, marketed image."
One more exasperated fan wrote: "Way to discredit Jimin as a real person Dr Phil."
"Influential people like Dr Phil saying pretty uneducated comments like this are the reason BTS and K-Pop in general get a bad name," said another fan.