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Your fave K-pop boy band stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. today to talk with President Joe Biden about Asian representation, inclusion, and the hate crimes that have happened against the community. But before their Very Important Meeting, the group attended the White House’s daily press briefing and spoke to members of the media about the matters too. They did all of this on the final day of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, no less.
RM introduced the group members in English, and then each member of the group spoke in Korean to express their gratitude for being there to represent their community and their myriad fan base.
“We are here today thanks to our Army—our fans worldwide—who have different nationalities and cultures and use different languages,” said J Hope. “We are truly and always grateful.”
Before this, Jimin mentioned how significant and meaningful it was to be there on the last day of AAPI Heritage Month and said he and the group have been “devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes” and want “to put a stop to this and support the cause” and use the present moment as an “opportunity to [lend our voices].”
After the devastating anti-Asian hate crimes that took place last year, BTS wrote about their own experiences with discrimination and violence and shared it on Twitter. “We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason,” read part of their statement. “Our own 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 our self-esteem.”
To close their White House speech and before going to talk with Mr. President, Jungkook shared that the group is “still surprised that music created by South Korean artists reaches so many people around the world” and that they “believe music is always an amazing and wonderful unifier of all things.” V chimed in too, saying, “We hope today is one step forward to respecting and understanding each and every one as a valuable person.”
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