BTS members have spoken out as victims of Asian discrimination.
On the 30th, BTS shared a post on their official Twitter in Korean and English writing, “We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger,” appearing to refer to the Atlanta shooting on the 16th where 8 people (6 of them Asians) were killed.
BTS wrote, “We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians and cursed for no reason. We were mocked for the way we looked and even asked why Asians speak English. Our experience is minor compared to what is happening right now but those things crippled us and robbed us of our self esteem. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of such hatred and violence without reason. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination and condemn violence.”
The post has since been shared over 1.1 million times and received over 2 million likes.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021
- [+1,281, -6] Racism is only committed by the most ignorant and selfish~~!!!!
- [+1,115, -4] Thank you for speaking out. Every time a new video of an Asian being discriminated against and assaulted for no reason is uploaded my heart breaks ㅠ
- [+708, -200] This is all because of the ch*nks
- [+102, -2] Honestly, I think BTS’ influence is more influential and stronger than our president or politician’s words
- [+75, -5] Looking at them, you’d think they’re activists fighting for world peace and not singers
- [+42, -1] What the heck is that provocative title…”enraged”? Seriously? If you read the statement they’re trying to convey solidarity with calm and restrained language.
- [+29, -14] This is so upsetting…ugh~ and all because of the Chinese ba$tards! At this rate, we need to start wearing “I’m not Chinese” t-shirts
- [+8, -0] Bang Si Hyuk is seriously on different level compared to JYP who made a choding like Tzuyu apologize to China for holding Taiwanese flag