Upon its release, the initial music video teaser for “Boy With Luv” from BTS and Halsey dominated the social-media conversation because, well, it’s BTS and Halsey. But soon enough, an entirely different conversation was taking place.
Fans soon became swept in a debate regarding what some are calling an “optical illusion” featuring the last moments of BTS member Jimin in the short, 46-second clip. The final scene of segement sees the BTS boys backlit by a neon background and showing the members incorporating fancy footwork into a final pose with the verdict still out about what is actually going on with Jimin.
Fans were soon sent into a tizzy wondering what direction the 23-year-old singer (second from the left in the clip) was actually facing by the end of the teaser.
”Time is an optical Illusion- never quite as solid or strong as we think it is”.
– Jodi Picoult
— ARMY MAGAZINE (@ARMYMAGofficial) April 8, 2019
A debate quickly erupted among the BTS A.R.M.Y., prompting the hashtag #FrontOrBack for whether Jimin ultimately ended the clip facing frontwards or backwards. Some think the answer will be revealed in the full music video (out April 12, along with BTS’ full Map of the Soul: Persona album) while others are heavily invested this the latest, greatest social-media debate, calling it “worse than when the internet was trying to figure out if the dress was blue or gold.” A BuzzFeed article poll has two-thirds of voters saying Jimin ends up facing the front.
See some of the best takes on #FrontOrBack and then watch the full “Boy With Luv” teaser to make your own judgements.
Eyes are funny things, aren’t they? Even though most of you have the answer already, you can’t seem to make your eyes believe it. Optical illusions get the best of us all the time. So which is it, #FrontOrBack? Let’s discuss. #JIMIN @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/qnbLPMwBpC
— JiminUncut | Tales & Analyses (@JiminUncut) April 7, 2019
— joonie with luv (@mediscines) April 7, 2019
this is worse than when the internet was trying to figure out if the dress was blue or gold #FrontorBack
— snoopy (@hobiesmalls) April 7, 2019
— Nyamjoonie.Hoe (@_Nyamjoonie_) April 8, 2019
When I focus on solely the feet I see spinning in both directions, focusing on the back I see something else. My eyes are going cross crossed pic.twitter.com/lj56xBstsR
— aria with luv (exam season) (@namgistudio) April 7, 2019