BTS and their agency Big Hit donate US$1 million to Black Lives Matter
The K-pop superstars had expressed their support for the movement earlier this week, tweeting "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
After showing their support and stating their solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement earlier this week, K-pop superstars BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have now made a substantial US$1 million (S$1.395 million) donation to the cause, according to a report in Variety.
The donation was transferred earlier this week, with Black Lives Matter confirming receipt to Big Hit on Friday (June 5).
Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter told Variety:
“Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression. We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives.”
Also in the same report, it was stated that BTS and Big Hit are “not expected to comment on the donation.”
Earlier this week, BTS expressed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement through a post on their official Twitter account, stating, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I, and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
Many other Asian artistes including GOT7’s Yugyeom and Mark, DAY6’s Jae, Heize, Jay Park, and pH-1 have also previously made donations in support of the movement.
The pledge comes at the end of a week that has seen many musicians and others call upon the music industry demonstrate support for the black community. According to Variety, Warner Music and its primary owner Len Blavatnik, as well as Sony Music, have pledged $100 million each to social justice causes.