he shouldn't have said it was bots, but people act like he was wrong about Kris not topping the US chart organically. When they removed VPN sales Kris' sales fell way below Ariana, did fans think her team wouldn't be mad? He wasn't being racist in suggesting a Chinese singer didn't have enough fans in the US to block the biggest female popstar rn with a huge new streaming hit from topping the charts, he was...entirely correct. The only thing he was wrong about was to accuse Kris and his team of using bots, when it was the fanbase at fault. But he wasn't wrong about the chart being manipulated. People are just trying to conflate those issues like there wasn't major chart manipulation at work.
that said...why did they even release his song in the US before releasing it in China, where the majority of his fanbase is? shouldn't they have realised the fans would want to download it immediately and likely use VPN (like they did with his last releases)?
True on your first part. It is indeed a case of chart manipulation. The thing I wanted to clarify with this post is that he did not use bots, nor purposefully orchestrated his fanbase to do so. This rumor really caught on, especially after the Tweet by Braun, and people attacked Kris left and right for "playing this dirty". Some people on this site believed it too/linked to Kris for the manipulation.
As for your second part... I think because they're trying to make him enter the US market? Not exactly sure how the logic works, but NCT did it too with the English release of "Regular" (which has 2x more views on YT than the Korean version, despite ppl always saying that Korean sounds better lmao). I guess if they released it first in China, the hype would be gone.