I was just wondering, do you think it's fair for Jungkook to be in the center for the majority of every song? I've been seeing a lot of upset over it lately, and was curious about your thoughts
No, of course not! I understand why Jeongguk is due to the fact that he is a strong, diverse vocalist, dancer and performer (that is not me in any way saying that the others are not) and thus he is ultimately a solid centre that BigHit knows can unfailingly carry a lot of the song. That is literally the main reason he is labelled as the Golden Maknae – and BigHit have fully recognised that, which means they will milk him for all he is worth and will put him at the centre as often as they can, because a strong centre is an absolute essential in a performance. I know, as avid fans, we tend to sought our bias in stages and music videos, though the average viewer who is not as invested in BTS as us will usually focus on the centre of the performance and never really stray their eyes to the edges – so of course, the company will maintain a solid centre who they know will not be weak and can potentially disinterest the average viewer from watching any further. Again, not saying that the other members would not be capable of upholding these measures either.
Not Today was actually very promising in this regard of having the members as the centre focus for lengthy stages of the song, rather than just keeping it as Jeongguk. Namjoon has a lot of screen and centre time, Yoongi and Hoseok take the centre of the performance twice in the music video, Taehyung has appeared to have taken a fair amount of screen time and centre positions that are usually handed to Jimin. It was very much alike the Save Me MV in this sense. But the one major let down of this promising dynamic was the fact that Seokjin had a second of screen time that did not even correspond with his two lines in the song. I thought they might have given him more due to his minimal lines, though that concept was fiercely shut down by the time I reached the end of the music video and realised that I only saw Seokjin for the solo running shot … I was feeling a lot like I did when I reached the end of the Spring Day music video and had to backtrack to check whether I missed Hoseok’s part, or if it was not even there in the first place. I honestly believe they could have at least made Seokjin the focus of all the running shots, where instead it was Jeongguk leading the pack.
I love Jeongguk to bits, but if he were to not have the centre stage, nor predominant screen time in future music videos and performances, I would not be arguing against it or upset. What I will not condone in the slightest is other ‘fans’ slandering Jeongguk for the fact that he is put into a position that he most likely has no control and no say over. At the end of the day, none of us know the process of what occurs when these decisions are made, though that is not to say that these situations are not extremely disappointing for us as fans, nonetheless the members who work just as hard as each other and deserve the same treatment. But all of this does not mean we fight for the rights of the other members by dragging one through the dirt – just think how terribly awful the boys would feel if they knew that one of their fellow members, who are like their brothers, was being cut down and degraded for their sake. They would hate it.
Please do not take this as me defaming the other members and thinking they are talentless in comparison to Jeongguk, because that is wholly not what I mean in the slightest with this response. All of the boys are just as talented as each other in their own, individual ways, and they all deserve equal treatment from the company. Though, most unfortunately, this is just how it works out and I really, really hope that BigHit hears the voices of the fans are these incidences with Hoseok and Seokjin by taking positive action upon it and, in future, giving them more lines and screen time.