BTS condemns anti-Asian racism, says they’ve skilled it | Leisure




FILE – South Korean K-pop band BTS arrives in Los Angeles for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in this January 26, 2020 file photo. BTS released a statement on Tuesday March 30, 2021 condemning racism against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). “We Stand Against Racial Discrimination,” the world’s largest boy band, tweeted its 34 million followers in English and Korean.




FILE – In this September 19, 2020 file photo, South Korean K-pop group BTS salutes their national flag during a National Youth Day ceremony at the President’s Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. BTS released a statement on Tuesday March 30, 2021 condemning racism against Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). “We Stand Against Racial Discrimination,” the world’s largest boy band, tweeted its 34 million followers in English and Korean.

From JUWON PARK Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – K-pop superstar group BTS has condemned racism against Asians, Asian Americans and islanders in the Pacific, in a statement saying they witnessed it for themselves.

“We stand against racial discrimination,” said BTS tweeted Tuesday in English and Korean. The band said their own painful encounters with racism included “expletive” and “mockery for the way they look”.

BTS made its statement following recent attacks on people of Asian heritage in the United States, which increased during the coronavirus pandemic. A white shooter recently killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at massage companies in the Atlanta area.

“We cannot put into words the pain of being the object of hatred and violence,” the band said in the statement, adding that their experiences made them feel powerless and lost their self-esteem. In February a German radio station drew anger when a host compared the gang to the coronavirus.

The band said that although the discrimination they endured was “trivial” compared to “events that have taken place in the past few weeks,” they felt a need to speak up. “What is happening right now cannot be separated from our identity as Asians.” said the band.