John Cena is a massive BTS fan and appreciates all the good their fans do

Question: did everyone write a children’s book during quarantine? Somehow, I didn’t get that memo. But Channing Tatum did, as well as Hilary Duff and now John Cena is promoting his latest kids book, Elbow Grease: Fast Friends. John was Jimmy Fallon’s first in-person guest on The Tonight Show since they’ve gone back in studio. They discussed all the precautions they took before John came on, like testing, protective gear, social distancing while on stage and for the audience of about 12 people. As much as I appreciate everything the late-night hosts did with their shows during lockdown, Jimmy’s back on his in-studio interview b-llsh-t and it was just kind of a gushfest between the two as they blew sunshine up each other’s butts. However, it is BTS Week at The Tonight Show, so they took a little time to gush about BTS as well. Turns out, John is a big BTS fan with very good reason to be. And the BTS ARMY has welcomed him with open and well-choreographed arms. The ARMY discussion starts that the 4:26 mark

BTS told Fallon they wanted to meet Jon Cena and Cena loves their music and message
I got interested in the music, and then I got interested in what the music stood for. And they advocate self-love, they advocate don’t be afraid of failure, they advocate you are enough. They kind of try to shatter all the stereotypical difficulties and uncomfortable situations that we go through, and they’re catering to an audience that is living that — young people. So, like, that’s why they are so popular around the world: one, they are great performers, but [their message] resonates with the people. And on top of that, they’ve developed this global army, this BTS ARMY, that is not just, like, geeked-out fans. BTS donated a million bucks to Black Lives Matter and the ARMY was like, ‘Yo, if they can do it, we can do it.’ And they… support charity. And this isn’t the first time they have done this. This BTS ARMY charity gives a bunch to philanthropic causes. So as an artist, as a performer, hell man, we have fun. But if we can resonate through the television to you at home to come out of your pocket to give to a cause? Like, that’s work, man. That’s work and that’s f**king changing the world. That’s impressive. And I don’t care how you feel about them. I don’t care if it’s your bag or it’s not – I get it. It’s music, you have your opinion to like what you want. How they conduct themselves as human beings and the message they send to the world – man, that’s something special.

[From YouTube via Hollywood Life]

Well, when you put it that way… BTW, something I just learned, ARMY stand for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth, so even their nomenclature is well thought out. I agree with John, I don’t know one BTS song, but I have been wholly impressed with their and the ARMY’s social and political activism. And they do, as John said, a lot of good because of BTS’s example. It’s a powerful example for a young, popular band to set. It makes complete sense that John and the ARMY would attract each other. John gives so muchof himself to his fans, not only being the number one requested celebrity in Make A Wish but going far above and beyond for every Wish fan he meets.

I also agree with John about fans being inspired to act in positive ways. I remember when they were trying to save the TV show Angel from being cancelled, the fandom arranged blood drives around the city to show support for the show. It was such a creative show of support but the amount of blood the Angel fans gave made a huge impact on the local hospitals. We’ve seen how destructive these fandoms can be when it comes to feuds and such, I think it’s important to point out all they good they do collectively as well. And just think: if Cena fans and the ARMY unite – they’d take over the world.



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  1. Tiffany says:

    I was in a Twitter conversation with some ARMY members and, you know, it was fine. They had a long, thought out thesis on the band and where I can start listening to their music and information about some of the members solo work.

    Where were these people my senior year of college when I was finishing my papers? ;)

    • Snuffles says:

      I’ve been a member of the ARMY since early 2017 and it’s the best time I’ve EVER had being a part of a fandom. I am constantly blown away at how organized, coordinated and creative we all are. From the translators translating everything they do into multiple languages (LONG before Big Hit started pony upping the dough to do it themselves), to the voting campaigns for award shows, to the One InAnARMY charity arm… it’s absolutely bananas.

      And I ain’t gonna front, we can get cray crazy sometimes but it’s both beautiful and scary. Like seriously, just whisper BTS any where on social media and you will get SWARMED. You say something nice and 500 ARMY will show up with a BTS 101 video and other recommendations to recruit you.

      When I went to the concert in LA with my friend who wasn’t really a fan but came to amuse me, we were approached by other fans offering to inform us more about the members if we were interested. Not to mention fans handing out flyers explaining to you how to do the fan chants.

      Now that I’m typing this out it sounds a little creepy 🤣 , but honestly it’s just joyous chaos most of the time.

  2. TheOriginalMia says:

    Cena friended one of my pals due to their love of all things, BTS. I don’t get it.

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      I’ve only ever heard clips of their new song on commercials, but damn if his description of them didn’t make me a fan. If he ever wants to give up acting, he’d be an amazing promoter.

  3. Aang says:

    My kids love K-Pop and BTS is at the top of the list. The music is fun, the dancing is great, and the message is so positive that is is impossible to not feel good listening to their songs. My daughter has been learning Korean on duo lingo and we are going to make songpyeon tomorrow to celebrate the Korean harvest festival. So not only are BTS a fun music group they are great cultural ambassadors for their country.

  4. Lauren says:

    Army love’s John Cena. I never really had thought much about John Cena as a person, but other Army members on Twitter were twitting about him and I sort of fell in love with the man. He seems really like a genuine and caring person. Plus he loves J-Hope who happens to be my bias.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve never been a choreographed boy, or girl, band lover lol. And across the Pacific, they. Are. Huge. So every now and then, I pop over to top 10s and 20s and have a peek. They’re good… and cute lol. Certainly not edgy as some think they are, but their fanbase is massive. Colossal. And the very fact some are using extremely valuable platform real estate for political and social messaging makes them kings and queens. Royalty. And they’re doing a better job of royal messaging than actual royals.

  6. Mari says:

    It amazes me how you cover a dude talking about BTS and yet you don’t cover BTS at all. I just saw another article here about Lily James in the cover of Shape and BTS is in Variety’s cover and again, they don’t exist for you (and she’s nowhere near as famous as them). It’s like they are invisible.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love your site and I come here often, but your selectiveness is weird. You guys live for gossip and just like the world learned to accept new tipes of celebrities (hello Kardashians, nepotism models, tiktokers…) why don’t you, Celebitchy, embrace this new wave of artists?

    • DahliaDee says:

      While my first instinct is to agree with you, because I want my babies everywhere, on second thought I get it. This is a gossip site, and BTS are just… not gossip fodder, and I hope they never become. Now, if it were 2 years ago or a year ago and we were talking about BIGBANG… hoooo, boy!

  7. Kim says:

    Dynamite is my class song for my virtual second grade class this year. Love it!

  8. Faye G says:

    BTS are amazing performers and great people. I became a fan earlier this year and their music and content has really helped me through the quarantine. John Cena really said it all, they’re not just a band but true leaders for young people (and all ages really!).

    If you are not familiar with BTS, I would recommend watching their Carpool Karaoke segment and their ‘ON’ kinetic manifesto video. They’re only gonna get bigger in the US, so getting to know them now is the right move!

  9. serena says:

    I love how genuine he is in praising them, you can see he really likes them and it makes my army heart really happy and proud.