Recently, a video of BTS member Jungkook (real name Jeon Jungkook) on the street went viral on various online communities and social media. Jungkook, who is currently on a tour in the United States, was smoking with his entourage.

Some netizens spread unconfirmed rumors that he was smoking in a non-smoking area and even threw his cigarette butt on the ground, criticizing him with comments such as "international embarrassment" and "it's illegal to smoke in a non-smoking area."In response, angry fans at home and abroad captured the spot where he left and tried to clarify, saying, "There was no cigarette butt on the ground," and "It was an ember that he appeared to throw in the video."

In addition, the rumor of a "no smoking zone" was refuted by one ARMY (a BTS fan), who released the details of her phone call to the local store featured in the video. The ARMY said she called through a friend in the U.S., and the restaurant told her that smoking is allowed on the sidewalk and at the exit. Outside is a designated smoking area and many customers have already smoked there.

Fans also looked to local laws for clarification. According to the laws of Beverly Hills, a city in the U.S. state of California where he was photographed, smoking is allowed in private smokers' lounges and designated smoking areas at private businesses and outdoor public events.

However, some netizens who condemned the act of smoking as "illegal" are still mocking fans who adore Jungkook and posting criticisms of the act itself, despite the fandom's active clarification. Jungkook was born in 1997 and is an adult.

The public and fandom are outraged by the controversy and the mockery, saying, "It seems like every action is being blown out of proportion for the sake of criticism," "Mocking the act of smoking by making a controversy pretending it was a non-smoking area," "Jungkook probably didn't want the video in the first place," "Posting a street video is an invasion of privacy," and "What's wrong with an adult smoking?"

Some of Jungkook's fans also wrote, "The video is a malicious photoshopping," and "It doesn't look like Jungkook," suggesting that the tattoos on his face and arms were photoshopped together. In response, many fans expressed concern about the haste with which they expressed their opinions, saying, "They seem to want to believe that the act of smoking by an idol is illegal," and "I don't think it's right for fans to deny that the person was Jungkook just because their imagined image is broken."

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1. Honestly, I don't like to smoke either, but he didn't throw away any butts, and when I looked at it, the store's operating policy says that it is allowed outside (please correct me if it's not true). I just dislike smoking but just went on with my day and that's it. Was this worth blowing out this big? Seriously, these people can only be haters

2. Jungkook must be so fed up because of how popular he is. Was this worth getting hated on for so many days? If he wasn't that popular, he wouldn't be the subject of forced hate so I feel bad for him. I've seen a lot of smokers throughout my life, both men and women. But should we tear them down? Stop tormenting him already

3. Seriously, I felt like the world was playing a hidden camera on me. Was this really something worth blowing out this big? Jungkook is pitiful

4. People are still hating on him? This isn't even funny anymore. People should stop using their energy to hate on him. Seriously, I feel like this is your job. You crazy HYBE-yah, please get to work and end this. Close down the group's DC Gallery and do something about it already

5. What do smoking and tattoos have to do with being pure?ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ f*cking funnyㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋI can understand why you guys get triggered by every little thingㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

6. There are even articles about it now? This seriously makes me sick

7. He seriously has all kinds of haters after him. People are even bringing up his tattoos to make personal attacks about him even though they have nothing to do with this incident. They are seriously lower grade humans

8. What was the issue here? Don't use your personal preference as a mean to hate on others

9. Haters, I hope you get your karma back

10. Jungkook will become even more successfulㅋㅋㅋㅋ but even after hating on him so much, he's still much more successful than your biasㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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