On a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the 41-year-old rapper discussed his thoughts about the K-pop boyband with co-hosts Ice, Ish and Parks Vallely.
“You can get mad at me… but I hate them BTS n***as,” Budden said of the boyband.
When asked by his co-hosts to elaborate on why he doesn’t like them, Budden said: “Do I need a reason? … I hate them n****s. I don’t have to divulge my reason to you, I just hate them n****s.”
“I don’t wanna hear that sh*t, I don’t wanna see them dance moves, I don’t wanna see you come down in the sky in a little umbrella. I don’t wanna see none of this sh*t,” he added.
While Budden doesn’t go into any further detail regarding the circumstances behind his “hate” for BTS, he then went on to incorrectly state that the group are from China. “I know they big, I know it’s China, I don’t wanna see it,” he said.
Fans of BTS have since noticed Budden’s comments, and have taken to Twitter to criticise the rapper for what some have described as “blatant racism.”
“Joe Budden pulling shit about BTS out his ass, but he sure knew every little detail of their Grammy[s] performance,” one fan wrote.
“Just heard the Joe Budden podcast clip of him hating BTS. Just say you are racist and xenophobic, alot quicker than claiming you hate them,” another wrote.
Just heard the Joe Budden podcast clip of him hating BTS. Just say you are racist and xenophobic, alot quicker than claiming you hate them but " don't need to have a reason". Shut the fuck up. They are more successful than you will ever be. Continue to be jealous.
— Jo? (@Serendipity3412) April 6, 2022
In response to the backlash, Budden said on Twitter that he wouldn’t be “bullied outta [his] music opinion.”
Like ima get bullied outta my music opinion lol ? https://t.co/qsDlTeLZpQ
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) April 6, 2022