K-pop group donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter
South Korean boy band BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter to show its support for the anti-racist movement, which continues in the United States following George Floyd’s death.
Big Hit Entertainment, the record label of the idol group, Sunday confirmed news reports about the donation, noting “we made the decision after consultation with BTS members.”
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minn., while being restrained by a police officer who knelt on his neck. The killing has triggered nationwide protests in the U.S.
The septet already shared its solidarity Wednesday by tweeting, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
The message was instantly retweeted across the world by the K-pop group’s huge online fan base, which is called ARMY as an acronym of Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth.
And they came up with online activism in support of the cause by obstructing racist hashtags and police departments, which asked people to upload videos or pictures of illegal protesters.
They flooded apps, hashtags, and websites of such police departments with videos and pictures of K-pop stars and anti-racist messages to paralyze them.
Against this backdrop, Big Hit confirmed its plan to donate last week, but the Seoul-based management agency refused to disclose the amount and the recipient.
Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement, which campaigns against violence and racism toward black people.
Other celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie and rapper Kanye West, donated or promised to do so for the anti-racist initiative after the tragic death of Floyd.
UPI News Korea provides this article. _ ED.