K-pop boyband BTS’ fans match group’s $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter
SEOUL: Fans of the favored South Korean boy band BTS matched its $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter (BLM) in assist of US protests towards police brutality, an organisation that runs fundraisers for the followers mentioned on Monday.
The Okay-pop group’s music label, Big Hit Entertainment, on Sunday instructed Reuters that BTS had donated $1 million to BLM in early June.
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The seven-member BTS wrote on its Twitter account on Thursday that they’re towards racism and violence with the hashtag BlackLivesMatter.
“We stand towards racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and all of us have the proper to be revered. We will stand collectively.”
The hashtag went viral among the many group’s followers and began one other wave of donations with the hashtag MatchAMillion.
The motion inspired BTS’ fan base, generally known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth, to match the group’s $1 million donation.
On Monday, One In An ARMY (OIAA), a bunch that runs donation campaigns within the identify of the BTS fan base, in an announcement mentioned the stay donation complete surpassed $817,000 inside 24 hours after BTS’ donation was reported.
“We’re so proud that ARMY have as soon as once more channelled their energy for good and are making an actual influence within the battle towards anti-black racism,” OIAA mentioned.
“We stand in solidarity with black ARMY. They’re an vital a part of our household. And we stand with black folks in all places. Your voices need to be heard.”
The marketing campaign had raised $1,007,518 as of Monday at 9:47 am (0047 GMT), and can proceed indefinitely, the organisers mentioned.
The protests mirror anger over police therapy of ethnic minorities, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white officer.
BTS suspended its world tour in April attributable to coronavirus issues.