the concept behind the n.o mv is actually really important and interesting and I wish people would stop labeling it as the “dark past” of bts.
yeah sure, their outfits and styling were sort of wild and the editing was a little bit cheesy but this was actually a huge risk to take because the video/song is blatantly criticizing the korean education system and sort of telling students to not be a slave to education and not to live under your parent’s and teacher’s will but to do what makes you happy and to follow your dreams instead.
and this is an important message because korea has some of the highest suicide rates in the world, and a huge portion of that statistic actually comes from teen suicide.
in korea, you get only one chance to take the college entrance exam (which you have to take as a 3rd year high school student) and how well you do quite literally determines your fate. the pressure on students to do well on the test and to get into SKY (the korean equivalent of the ivy league) can start from when you’re as young as third grade and actually many parents force their children to start attending tutoring sessions and after school “hagwon” at around that age. and then once you’re in highschool, that pressure is tremendous, a lot of students literally go to school every single day and attend night school (lasting until 11pm) IN ADDITION to hagwon and you can see many people sleeping at the school library instead of going home. another thing to note is that your class ranking is made public for the rest of the school and Korean parents are brutal when it comes to test scores and how well you do in school. like many children suffer from corporal punishment and borderline abuse if they fail to meet their parent’s expectations and over all it’s just extremely stressful for students and many of them suffer from mental illnesses (like depression and anxiety) but once again, mental illness has a huge stigma in korea and very few schools have counselors for the kids to go to. so yeah, this is why many korean students look to suicide- because education is quite literally their life and if they fail to reach the high standards, they feel as if their lives are over. it’s so bad that most of the times, korean schools lock the bathrooms (to prevent students from hanging themselves or doing anything else) during testing and make sure to secure the roof tops.
so yeah, the n.o mv is pretty important