BTS’ Jung Kook Visits Qatar During Controversial World Cup. One-third of BTS, JUNG KOOK, has dropped a new music video for his solo single “Dreamers,” which will be featured on the 2022 World Cup soundtrack.
At last week’s World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar, Jung Kook sang the song for the first time. The new music video for the track, directed by RedOne and starring Qatari artist Fahad Al Kubaisi, is, to put it kindly, slick marketing for the contentious host country as it shows Jung Kook travelling around the country.
And because of soccer’s regulatory organisation, FIFA, the “Dreamers” film may only be viewed on YouTube. Since the tiny, oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar was granted the World Cup in 2010, it has been the subject of a barrage of criticism.
Qatar spent hundreds of billions on new stadiums and infrastructure to host the event, and almost all of it was built by migrant labourers who were virtually enslaved and subjected to horrific working and living conditions.
Furthermore, Qatar has been heavily criticised for the way it treats women, who endure a wide range of social and legal discrimination, and LGBTQ persons (same-sex relations between men are punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to the U.S. State Department).
Jung Kook has released the video for “Dreamers,” the song he debuted at the opening ceremony for the World Cup in Qatar last week. https://t.co/ulMs2Evfrf
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The captains of several European countries intended to show support for the LGBTQ community by wearing armbands during the tournament.
BTS’ Jung Kook Explores Qatar Amid Controversial World Cup in New ‘Dreamers’ Video https://t.co/TbARvecmLF
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However, these plans were scrapped when FIFA threatened yellow card penalties (instead of a typical uniform violation fine) that would have put these players and their teams at an immediate disadvantage.