BTS says, "We will try to expand the variety and stop the discrimination against races"

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-30 09:42:40
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▲ This photo, provided by Big Hit Music, shows BTS posing for a photo at the press conference marking the opening of "Permission To Dance On Stage - LA" at SoFi Stadium on Nov. 28 2021 (U.S time) (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photp, provided by our subscriber, shows the interior of SoFi Stadium. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 



SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- BTS who has colored LA, the center of the world’s entertainment industry, into their purple shade has stepped up to voice their thoughts again.

The band has consistently been engaged in social issues. During the press conference on the 2nd night of their concert, “Permission To Dance On Stage – LA” on the 28th (U.S time), they showed their intentions to strive to stop racial discrimination.

When they were asked how they felt about the positive role they are playing to help end Asian hate, RM answered, “If there’s something that we can help or that we could be, we could be giving consolation, we will be open, and we will try to expand the variety and stop the discrimination against races.”

Earlier in March, the band tweeted “We feel grief and anger” about Asian hate happening in the Western society with hashtags such as “#StopAsianHate” and “#StopAAPIHate.”

RM revealed that they still felt a number of invisible walls. Yet he also added that considering the path they have come through, it is an honor and pleasure to be able to be a support for the Asians living in countries abroad.

The members shared their honest thoughts about the recent Grammy Awards’ nominations as well.

BTS has been nominated for the Grammy for the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” category for 2 years in a row, but despite their striking records for this year, they were not selected as a candidate for the “General Fields.”

Multiple media criticized the Recording Academy, reporting “BTS’ ‘Butter’ has been snubbed” though the song was a world-class smash-hitter topping Billboard Main Single Chart “Hot 100” for 10 consecutive weeks.

“The recent ‘Artist of the Year’ at the AMAs and the second Grammy nomination were truly something. It really did mean something for us,” said leader RM. But at the same time, he mentioned the still existing invisible wall.

“As an artist started out in Korea, the limitations of our identity, language, and the invisible walls – we felt like they truly existed,” he pointed.

“We are grateful that a wall we have to leap over still exists and that we can make another challenge. Little strokes fell great oaks,” said Suga in Korean.

Apart from their songs and dances, the band has continually spoken up their own voices.

In September, BTS attended the “SDG Moment,” General Assembly of the United Nations calling for the sustainable development goal, held in New York, as the “special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.”

There, they referred the young people these days as "Instead of fearing change, this generation says welcome and keeps forging ahead.” They delivered a message encouraging people to fill our daily lives with positive energy despite the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed the importance of vaccination.



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