June 08, 2020 13:32
Super boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have donated US$1 million to the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the organization fighting for equality of treatment at the hands of U.S. law enforcement.
Following a report in U.S. entertainment weekly Variety on Saturday, Big Hit confirmed on Sunday that the donation was made jointly after discussion with members of the band.
The donation came after the boys in a tweet last week expressed their solidarity with the movement against racial discrimination, which has been spreading around the world after an African-American Minneapolis resident named George Floyd died in police custody.
BTS tweeted on June 4, "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."
Other Korean celebrities are also chipping in. Hip hop label H1GHR Music, led by Jay Park, donated US$21,000 to the foundation, saying "We are in solidarity with the human rights movement as most of our artists pursue black music."
Mark of boy band GOT7 also donated US$7,000 to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund.
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