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Alan Cayetano’s gimmick infuriates BTS fans

Ivy Pedida
Alan Cayetano’s gimmick infuriates BTS fans
Wrong fandom, congressman
Alan Cayetano’s gimmick infuriates BTS fans

Hell hath no fury like a fandom provoked.

Fans of K-pop septet BTS showed what happens when someone, in this case, an ousted speaker trying to make a “comeback,” tries to use their beloved boys for clout.

Enraged fans took to social media to slam the attempt of Taguig City-Pateros 1st District Representative Alan Peter Cayetano and his 6 loyal allies to ride on BTS’ popularity by calling his “majority bloc” as “BTS sa Kongreso.” (READ: Cayetano’s comeback: Ousted speaker to launch ‘BTS sa Kongreso’ bloc)

Filipino ARMYs drafted a letter to BTS’ agency, Big Hit Entertainment, to complain about Cayetano’s “unauthorized use of artist imagery and trademark publications.” The fandom created a shared Google drive to disseminate copies of the complaint for the public’s perusal.

Fans also grabbed the opportunity to encourage others to register and vote for the 2022 elections. “We are not gullible! We won’t allow them to capitalize on our admiration for BTS. We resist this manipulation!” said Twitter user @bangtanibnida_.

Here are other tweets from fans reacting to Cayetano’s gimmick.

As of 10:30 am, #CayetanoStopUsingBTS is one of Twitter Philippines’ trending topics, garnering 5,670 tweets. — Rappler.com

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Ivy Pedida

Ivy Pedida is a digital communications specialist for Rappler’s Digital Communications arm. A shameless bandwagoner, she likes everything pop culture, whether it be the latest anime or another HBO hit. She is a furmom to five cats and one dog.