James Corden faces backlash after referring to BTS’ fanbase as “15-year-old girls”

He’d also referred to BTS’ recent appearance at the UN as “pretty unusual”

James Corden has come under fire from BTS fans after the talk show host made a series of jokes about the boyband on The Late Late Show.

On the September 20 episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden, the British comedian poked fun at the South Korean group’s recent appearance at the United Nations General Assembly. Corden said that the group were “pretty unusual visitors” for the UN, while referring to the group’s fanbase as “15-year-old girls”.

“The United Nations General Assembly kicked off this morning in New York City, and it started with some pretty unusual visitors – BTS were there,” Corden said. “Historic moment. It actually marks the first time that 15-year-old girls everywhere found themselves wishing that they were Secretary General António Guterres.”


Following his The Late Late Show monologue, BTS’ fanbase took to Twitter to call out the talk show host for his remarks. “As a teenage girl myself I just want to take a moment to say leave us alone,” wrote one fan. “Stop using my gender and age as a way of mocking other people and what they do.”

They also revoked their nickname for Corden, “Papa Mochi”, which had been given to him after member Jimin referred to him as such on a 2020 episode of Carpool Karaoke, adding that the talk show host is now in their “black book”.


Neither James Corden nor The Late Late Show have yet to respond directly to the controversy. However, the show’s Twitter page has since taken down a video featuring Corden’s comments, as archived by BTS fans here and here.

In other BTS news, the septet will be releasing their new track ‘My Universe’ in collaboration with Coldplay later this week. The single, which will be performed in English and Korean, is set to appear on Coldplay’s upcoming album ‘Music Of The Spheres’, due out on October 15.