Ok-pop sensation BTS has criticised the incidents of racial discrimination and violence in the direction of Asian folks in the West.
The South Korean boy band, one in every of the hottest teams in world music, posted a press release on social media in each Korean and English, accompanied with the hashtags — #CeaseAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate.
The septet, comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, recalled moments once they confronted “discrimination as Asians”.
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger,” BTS stated.
Though the group didn’t discuss with any explicit incident of anti-Asian discrimination, their assertion comes weeks after six girls of Asian descent were amongst eight folks killed by a gunman in a collection of shootings at therapeutic massage parlours in Georgia, US.
The group recalled its personal moments of “discrimination as Asians” however stated their expertise was “inconsequential” in comparison with the occasions of previous couple of weeks.
“We have endured expletives without motive and were mocked for the way we look. We were even requested why we spoke in English. We can not put into phrases the ache of turning into the topic of hatred and violence for such a motive.
“Our own experience 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,” BTS stated.
The band stated that it took “considerable time” for them to determine how they need to voice the message as they consider that no matter is occurring in the world can’t be separated from their “identity as Asians”.
“What our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, and I we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together,” BTS stated.
Previously, Hollywood celebs like Rihanna, actor Daniel Dae Kim, Mindy Kaling, Steven Yeun, Olivia Munn, Simu Liu, and filmmakers Lee Isaac Chung and Lulu Wang had spoken up in opposition to the wave of hate incidents focusing on Asian folks in the US.