A German Radio Host Has Apologized For His Racist Remarks Likening BTS To The Coronavirus

In a vitriolic rant, host Matthias Matuschik likened the Korean group to “a virus that we’ll hopefully have a vaccine for soon.”

Matuschik apparently took issue with the group’s MTV Unplugged cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,” calling it “a catastrophe” and “blasphemy” in a vitriolic rant during his radio show on Thursday.



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“Dear teenagers who are listening: Please take no offense,” Matuschik said, per a translation uploaded to YouTube. “But personally, I think that BTS is… Let me put it like this: BTS is like SARS.”

“It’s an abbreviation for some fucking virus that we’ll hopefully have a vaccine for soon as well,” he continued.

Matuschik went on to argue that he has “nothing against South Korea,” and couldn’t be called xenophobic because he owns a South Korean car. (According to Teen Vogue, one look at Matuschik’s now-deleted Instagram account showed photos of his Daihatsu Copen, which is made in Japan.)

“These little suckers brag with their cover of ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay,” he said. “To which I respond: That’s blasphemy… For doing that, you should have to spend a 20-year-long vacation in North Korea.”

“[Matuschik] is free to like whatever music suits him, but in expressing his opinion his rhetoric crossed the line into xenophobia and racism,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

[email protected] this is not about expression of personal opinions or taste. @MMatuschik is free to like whatever music suits him, but in expressing his opinion his rhetoric crossed the line into xenophobia and racism on a publicly-funded station.

#RassismusBeiBayern3
#Bayern3Racist


Twitter: @soopdweller

Many pointed out the racism in comparing a group of Asian people to the coronavirus, particularly in the midst of an alarming increase in violent hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people.

Matthias Matuschik wasn’t edgy when he said he hates BTS & likened them to Covid. He knows there’s an epidemic of hatred towards Asians, fueled by public figures like him. I sincerely hope his slander doesn’t incite physical attacks.

@bayern3 #Bayern3Racist
#RassismusbeiBayern3 https://t.co/5KX4DsVXVs


Twitter: @GoAwayWithJae

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