McDonald’s Vietnam uses EXO posters to advertise The BTS Meal

The multi-talented 7-member Korean boyband BTS is one of the world’s most influential K-pop groups. In Vietnam, it’s hard to walk into any shopping mall without coming across BTS’ posters or hearing their songs blasting from a store’s speakers.

With that being said, to err is human and to mistake a K-pop band with another is not uncommon. However, such a mistake would have been minor, had it not been made by McDonald’s Vietnam, who used a poster of EXO band to advertise the BTS Meal.

Here’s a summary of what played out, and why it’s best to leave the fan rivalries in the past, now that the fast-food franchise has apologized.

McDonald’s Vietnam mistakes EXO with BTS in poster

The BTS Meal
Image credit: McDonald’s

Recently, McDonald’s introduced an exclusive meal set inspired by South Korea’s most famous boy band called the BTS Meal.

The BTS Meal
Image credit: Trần Mai Anh

Priced at VND117,000 (~USD5.08), this meal features 10-piece chicken nuggets, medium fries, and coke. This combo is complemented with the house’s 2 new dipping sauces – Sweet Chili Sauce and Cajun Sauce.

On the 1st day of the BTS Meal’s launch, McDonald’s Vietnam achieved resounding success with the sales of 10,000 portions.

The BTS Meal
A poster featuring 7 members of EXO was used to promote The BTS Meal in stores
Image credit: MNews

This meal campaign’s success would have been worth celebrating, had McDonald’s Vietnam not made the cardinal mistake of using EXO’s posters in its outlets to advertise these meals. 

This error was immediately pointed out by its customers, sparking heated debates online between the fans of BTS and EXO, who have reportedly shared a rivalry.

McDonald’s Vietnam apologizes on its Facebook page

The BTS Meal
McDonald’s Vietnam apologizes for its mistake 
Image credit: McDonald’s Vietnam

After the incident, McDonald’s Vietnam sent an apology to BTS, EXO, and their fans on its Facebook page on 28th May 2021.

In its status, the famous fast-food brand apologized to BTS, EXO, and their fandoms for its mistake and vowed to take down the wrong posters in its outlets.

McDonald’s Vietnam’s post has gained 28,000 likes, 18,000 comments, and nearly 2,000 shares at the time of writing. 

The BTS Meal
Image adapted from: McDonald’s Vietnam

“Thank you for speaking up and apologizing. I hope that you won’t make this mistake again. I will still wholeheartedly support McDonald’s and BTS Meal. I wish your collaboration success.” Facebook user Chưngg Bora commented.

Many Facebook users have also expressed their appreciation of the brand’s sincerity in the comment section.

The BTS Meal
Image adapted from: McDonald’s Vietnam

Others, however, still believe that such a mistake is unacceptable for a big brand like McDonald’s.

Facebook user Dương Tịnh Yên wrote, “McDonald’s is one of the big brands out there. Your failure to distinguish the faces of your representatives means that you chose them at random. Above all, your apology is not convincing enough to make up for the grave mistake that you made. I suggest that you go about doing your business with more caution and deliver a specific apology to EXO.”

McDonald’s Vietnam apologizes for mistaking BTS with EXO

Since its inception, McDonald’s innovative menus and creative marketing strategies have made the brand a huge success. Unfortunately, what should have become another victorious campaign for it, has been affected by a lack of quality control this time around.

Now that McDonald’s Vietnam has apologized, we hope that BTS ARMY and EXO-L can leave this incident behind, and continue to order BTS Meal deliveries from the Golden Arches.

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Cover image adapted from: MNews, Los Angeles Times, and Twitter

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