South Korea’s K-Pop supergroup BTS visited the White House on Tuesday to call for an increase in hate crimes against Asians in the United States.
Singer Park Ge-min, better known as Jimin, said through a translator before meeting with President Joe Biden that the group was “devastated by recent hate crimes.”
Another member, Suga, pleaded for tolerance, saying, “It’s not wrong to be different. I think equality begins when we open up and embrace all our differences.”
The seven members of the K-Pop Sensation walked the podium to the White House briefing room, briefly addressing reporters who gathered behind the scenes with Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, with a white shirt, the boy band came to the White House with a serious message.
The White House says Biden “invites us to discuss the need for solidarity, Asian inclusion and representation and to tackle anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, which have become more prominent issues in recent years.”
Anti-Asia sentiment and increased violence in the United States during the coronavirus epidemic are responsible for the consequences of many Covid-19 epidemics in a trend.
Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, often blamed the epidemic, which erupted with an outbreak in Wuhan, China, as the “China virus” and ridiculed the deadly virus as “kung flu.”
The trend stems from a general rise in violent crime, with the most egregious incident occurring in the Atlanta area, where a man shot and killed eight people at a massage spa, including six Asian women.
The White House praised BTS’s floppy-haired, stylish sensible “young ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity around the world.”
The band members, all in their 20s and who are often seen wearing earrings and lipstick, have given a voice to the comfortable generation with penis fluidity.
They are credited with making billions for the South Korean economy and enjoying the rise of their label profits despite having fewer concerts during the epidemic.
Biden, the oldest person to run for president at the age of 79, has often reached out to young celebrities and social media influencers, trying to add some glamor to his team’s messaging on social and health issues.
These included pop singer Olivia Rodrigo and the Jonas Brothers campaign to persuade young Americans to get their Covid-19 vaccine.
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