K-Pop sensation BTS visited the White House on May 31th to talk with President Joe Biden about combating the rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans — bringing superstar sizzle to an otherwise sad and scary topic.
Band members J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin joined White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at her briefing with reporters on the final day of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Jimin said the band had been “devastated by the recent surge” of crime and intolerance against Asian Americans that has persisted since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s not wrong to be different,” Suga said through an interpreter. “Equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences.” V said that “everyone has their own history.”
“We hope today is one step forward to understanding and respecting each and everyone as a valuable person,” V added.
Once inside the Oval Office, the president and his K-pop guests dove right into the matter at hand. “A lot of our Asian American friends have been subject to real discrimination,” Biden began. “Hate only hides. When good people talk about it, and say how bad it is, it goes down. So thank you.”
“We want to say thank you, sincerely, for your decision, such as signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law,” RM replied on behalf of the group. “So we just want to be a little help and we truly appreciate the White House and the government’s trying to find solutions.”
“People care a lot about what you say, and what you’re doing is good for all people,” Biden told the group in their Oval Office meeting after the press conference. “It’s not just your great talent, it’s the message you’re communicating. It matters.”
Watch the new footage from BTS’ White House visit below.