Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, is a well-renowned K-Pop group. BTS does more than just sing and dance. The group constantly pushes social boundaries and challenges Korea’s conservative social morals as well as the world’s.
The Bangtan Boys campaign for a better world
Not only has BTS advocated for #BlackLivesMatter, but they have also made dozens of contributions to campaigns everywhere. Their most popular one being LOVE MYSELF.
LOVE MYSELF is a two-year campaign that promotes anti-violence against children and teenagers. It launched on November 1st, 2017. BTS worked in tandem with UNICEF in Japan and Korea.
BTS’s advocacy work doesn’t stop there. They recently expressed their solidarity with the #BLM movement with a simple tweet that got their point across.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.
우리는 폭력에 반대합니다.
나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.
We stand against racial discrimination.
We condemn violence.
You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
BTS back up their words with cold cash
BTS’s music label, BigHit Entertainment confirmed their donation of 1 million dollars to CNN Entertainment. After learning about BTS’s donation, fans have decided to #MatchAMillion through their own donation site for #BLM.
“Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality,” they said in a tweet
— Rhea⁷ (@MonospIaylist) June 6, 2020
Shortly after the initiation of the project, the fundraiser raised over $817,000. It met its goal of 1 million dollars a few days later.
These funds were later donated to organizations such as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Black Aids Institute, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, and The Marshall Project. Donations from the fundraiser were also made to bailouts for protesters and organizations that support Black communities.
Once the 1 million dollar donation had been met, One in an ARMY increased its donation goal to 2 million.
.@BTS_twt fans match BTS' one million dollar donation to Black Lives Matter.
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project (@OneInAnARMY) June 8, 2020
K-Pop group BTS’ activism funding inspires others
After BTS and fans’ generous donations, many celebrities began to follow in their footsteps. John Cena was one of them, a pro-wrestler who claimed that BTS inspired him. You may or may not see him in the tweet below.
— ᴮᴱ Susie ⁷ BTS 💜 ARMY (@LoveyourselfVsh) June 15, 2020
However, these valiant acts from K-pop fans extend from more than just donations. From blocking out racist hashtags to advocating for human rights, what can’t K-pop stans do?
SO BTS, ARMY AND JOHN CENA DONATED A MILLION EACH TO BLACK LIVES MATTER?!??!? $3 MILLION IN TOTAL WOW?!???!?!?!??!?!?! pic.twitter.com/DvbNx32CmC
— ⁷ ⁺ ⁴ (@NEXUSKNJ) June 10, 2020