BTS Opens up to Variety on Their Decision to Donate to the Black Lives Matter Movement
In a recent cover with Variety, BTS opened up about their decision to donate $1 million to the Black Lives Matter cause.
As previously reported, the BTS Army made headlines in the U.S. due to their massive political engagement this past summer. Taking over Twitter, K-pop fans took over racist hashtags, the Dallas police app, and disrupted President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa.
After BTS gave their donations, their Army decided to match their donations by independently raising the amount within 25 hours.
Now, with the help of Variety, fans will be able to understand what was going through the group’s minds.
— Variety (@Variety) October 2, 2020
When asked how they decided to make such a donation, Jin explains how they also have experienced prejudice. He furthers his commentary by saying, “We feel that prejudice should not be tolerated; it really has no place.” Jin sheds light on how this was the beginning of their discussion and ultimately help them reach their final decision.
🌕BTS on the Decision to Donate to Black Lives Matter: ‘Prejudice Should Not Be Tolerated’ @/Variety
Your donation to BLM was meaningful to a lot of fans, particularly in the US. How did you come to the decision to speak out about the movement? – #Jin
— ¹⁰⁷WINTER_MOON_INDIA⁷🌕🇮🇳 (@AwakeWinter_Jin) October 2, 2020
RM elaborated on their knowledge of what their fans were doing on Twitter. He discussed how the band and its company considered this and carefully made the decision.
Variety then asked the group if they saw themselves as political. Suga then gave an outstanding response. The artist explained how they don’t consider themselves to be political, that their decision solely based on them being against racism. Suga says, “We just want to voice the fact that we feel it’s the right of everyone to not be subject to racism or violence.”
i respect him for this. black lives, black bodies, black minds are not political. blm is standing up for basic human rights. i really don’t get why variety keep for pushing them for a ‘political’ statement https://t.co/uORpvM2znB
— arah (@yoongipout) October 2, 2020
J-hope followed his team member’s words by saying the group wants to make the world better in any way they can. This need does not only center in the group’s home, Korea, but also around the world.
they have always been about caring humanity and standing up for what’s right…I never thought I would see BTS speaking about BLM this openly….I’m so proud as an army to stan and support them. Thank you BTS for always being there for us…esp me as a black woman.
— mono⁷♡ STREAM LOVESICK GIRLS🖤 (@jkslust) October 2, 2020
BTS is undoubtedly making its mark in the music industry as not only musicians but as advocates who encourage youth to pave a better future.