South Korean boy band BTS, a fundraising juggernaut for US social justice causes, met with President Joe Biden on the White Home on Tuesday to debate hate crimes concentrating on Asians.
The Okay-pop stars made transient statements to reporters previous to the assembly, calling for a halt to crimes concentrating on Asian Individuals.
“We were devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes, including Asian American hate crimes,” band member Jimin stated by a translator. “To put a stop on this and support the cause, we’d like to take this opportunity to voice ourselves once again.”
The assembly got here as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander month in Could drew to an in depth following a pointy upswing in hate crimes in opposition to the neighborhood up to now 12 months.
Assaults in opposition to individuals of Asian descent have escalated as some politicians and pundits have inspired Individuals in charge China for Covid-19.
Whereas the assembly was closed to press, the White Home stated one purpose was to “discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”
The musicians are identified for utilizing their lyrics and social campaigns geared toward empowering kids since making their debut in 2013. Their fan base extends into older demographics, tying their spending clout to an internet-savvy technology that harnesses the facility of social media.
In June 2020, BTS followers raised about $1 million in sooner or later within the #MatchAMillion on-line marketing campaign for US social justice causes, matching the band’s donation to Black Lives Matter.
The group’s administration Massive Hit Music stated it was honoured to be invited to the White Home.
“As we are visiting as artists representing South Korea, we look forward to discussing various topics including inclusion, diversity, anti-Asian hate crimes, culture and art,” Massive Hit Music stated.