Bangtan Boys Support 'Stop Asian Hate' Movement

  • By Lee Hai-woon

    March 31, 2021 10:13

    Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, have spoken out against anti-Asian racism. They released a statement in both Korean and English on their social media on Tuesday.

    They paid tribute to the eight victims of the recent shootings in the U.S. city of Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women. "We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger," they said.

    They shared their experience of discrimination as Asians, such as enduring "expletives without reasons" and being mocked "for the way we look" and asked "why Asians spoke in English."

    "Our experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away at our self-esteem," the boys said. "We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason."

    The boys noted, "What our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."

    Many celebrities are calling for action against Asian hate crimes after the deadly shootings on March 16.

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    BTS' message was sent to the boys' more than 34 million followers on Twitter.

    Many BTS fans -- known as the "Army" -- supported their stance by re-tweeting the post.

    Last year, BTS 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, prompting many fans to follow suit.

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