Members to the BTS Army fan club have taken to Twitter with a variety of accusations, pointing out every possible inaccuracy and including that the video has far fewer likes than would be expected, given the volume of traffic.
As of Monday, the video had 95 million views and 596K likes.
The rapper himself all but confirmed the controversy on Instagram:
“Is it even worth it? We worked hard for this, promoted it worldwide. And what some people call fake views are not fake views. They are google ad words. Its a way of promoting your video, we bought ad words all around the world so that people could see the video all around the world…
You think artists abroad dont get paid promotions? Are you so naive? I dont want to be the one with the highest views, but someone has to be. I tried and i did it. Get over it.”
Thus far neither Sony or YouTube have commented.
H/T Music Ally