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Washington (AFP) – South Korean group BTS used an invitation from US President Joe Biden to denounce anti-Asian racism on Tuesday, sparking some excitement in the White House.
“We are appalled by the recent surge in hate crimes, including hate crimes targeting Asians,” said Jimin (Park Ji-min), one of the seven artists in the legendary K-pop group, since taking the stage in the press room at the White House , which was absolutely overcrowded for the occasion.
Also, a huge crowd of fans — part of what BTS calls its “army” of admirers and admirers — crowded behind the building’s railings hoping to catch a glimpse of the artists.
“There’s nothing wrong with being different. Equality begins when we reveal and accept our differences,” said Suga (Min Yoon-gi), another member of the group whose comments, like Jimin’s, have been translated.
The seven young men, dressed in dark suits and ties and white shirts, paraded in front of journalists to make brief statements before being received by the American President.
The usually very formatted exercise, led by US Executive Branch spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, in the famous blue-backed room, has generated very unusual interest online, with more than 200,000 people tuned in before the daily press conference begins. a number that bears no relation to the normal audience.
The briefing later resumed its usual course to a suddenly reduced audience when an economic adviser to Joe Biden arrived, who joked, “I can tell my kids BTS cleaned up the room for me.”
Joe Biden invited BTS to a series of events celebrating the Asian community in the United States and denouncing the racism it faces.
The American President wants to discuss “the inclusion and representation” of Asian people with the world’s most influential boy band, but also “the racist crimes and discrimination against Asians, which have become increasingly important in recent years,” the white man said in a statement house last week.
Their meeting took place away from the press.
The group also filmed a video with the White House communications team and were offered a tour of the famous building, according to the US executive.
The White House wants to see BTS as “ambassadors of youth spreading a message of hope and optimism” around the world.
The septet has already been invited to address the United Nations twice, in 2018 and 2021, specifically on climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s been a long time since the fame of these artists, in their twenties, crossed Korean borders to conquer the world and therefore the United States: three of BTS songs have appeared at the top of Billboard, the ranking of the most popular American songs.
They made record annual sales of over $1 billion in 2021, driven by online content and album sales.
The communications team of Joe Biden, 79, and the oldest president ever elected in the United States, has launched a massive offensive aimed at young audiences since his arrival in the White House, working with many stars and influencers.
We have seen the latest American pop sensation, Olivia Rodrigo, at the White House, or a adoring group of teenagers, the Jonas Brothers, who have come to record videos with the American President to promote vaccination against Covid-19.
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