The sit-down to discuss the inspiration behind the “Permission” dance challenge featured some of the ARMY fans from around the world who filmed their own choreo to the song, with Martin asking how the group felt seeing all those clips from Texas to Tokyo doing the steps to their song.
RM said that while sometimes they wonder what it all amounts to, confessing that sometimes the choreography and the moves feel a bit “meaningless. But when you see the fans and their eyes, when we dance and sing in front of them. Their energy, their honesty, their message, their letters, their words. Those were the only reasons that we didn’t give up. That’s the only reason for the existence of the band.”
Martin chimed in that he’s personally glad he doesn’t need permission to dance because he’s not very good at it. “But I made a decision about 20 years ago that I don’t care about if it looks cool,” said the singer who is not shy about bounding around the massive, colorful stages his band erects in arenas and stadiums around the world. “The reason why I encourage this ‘Permission to Dance’ song and movement [is] because it symbolizes everybody should be free to be themselves. And it’s also amazing to have the unity of the band [BTS] with your audience.”
The episode ended with BTS unveiling the “Shorts Challenge” version of “Permission,” featuring a montage of global ARMY members performing their best dances along with celebrity guests including Elton John and the Jabbawockeez.
Watch the chat and “Shorts” videos below.