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BTS Makes Statement In Support Of Black Lives Matter
Today, June 4, K-pop superstars BTS shared a statement of solidarity with the Black community. In a tweet shared with their 26.2 million followers, written in both Korean and English, they said, "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter."
The positive message made news as it is a rare political statement from the group. While BTS has broken many records, trends and barriers, they generally adhere to a clean-cut, non-controversial image (as is typical for many in their genre). For the band to take a stand on such an important human rights issue is significant and will certainly be heard loud and clear by their huge fanbase and fellow K-pop artists.
The group's tweet follows many loyal fans of BTS, BLACKPINK and other major K-pop acts taking anti-racist action online, most recently, to flood toxic hashtags with memes and other content to drown out hateful messages. The collective fan armies organized online to take over the hashtags associated with racist responses to #BlackLivesMatter—including #WhiteLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter and #MAGA—on Twitter yesterday, June 3.
In other BTS news, Jungkook surprise released his debut solo song today as JK, a smooth jam called "Still With You." The group had previously teased the release as part of their Festa 2020 online fan celebration, but without specifying any details. Suga also recently dropped solo music; his second mixtape under his Agust D alias came out on May 22.