BTS Opens Up About Discrimination and Anti-Asian Hate in Statement

BTS Opens Up About Discrimination and Anti-Asian Hate in Statement

3/30/2021 6:23:00 PM

BTS Opens Up About Discrimination and Anti-Asian Hate in Statement

The K-pop stars took to Twitter to address racial discrimination, including their own experiences.

"We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English," the statement read.Since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Anti-Asian attacks have been on the rise. Nearly 4,000 incidents have been reported to

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Stop AAPI Hatein the past year. According to its annual report, Stop AAPI Hate also received more than 500 anti-Asian hate incident reports in the first two months of 2021.BTS rose to international fame in the late 2010s, and with a platform as large as theirs, they decided to be honest in their account of racial discrimination they've faced.

BTS performs on stage for the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22, 2020 in South Korea.AMA2020Getty Images"We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason," the band said on Twitter.BTS sent their condolences to the families and victims of AAPI hate crimes, addressing that their own experiences are"inconsequential" compared to the events over the past few weeks. Regardless, they said that"these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem."

The band was transparent about taking time to carefully assess the situation before releasing their message. In the end, they made it clear that any racial discrimination should not be tolerated."We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence," read the statement."You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together."

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