BTS 'Devastated' Over Surge of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in U.S.

The South Korean boy band goes to the White House to discuss recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in light of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.

AceShowbiz - BTS (Bangtan Boys) has been left "devastated" about the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. The chart-topping South Korean boy band visited the White House on Tuesday, May 31 as part of a campaign to curb hate crimes in the U.S.

RM, one of the members of the group, said in the press room, "Hi, we're BTS. It is a great honor to be invited to the White House today to discuss the important issues of anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian inclusion and diversity." Jimin, 26, later explained that the group were determined to make their voices heard on the issue.

Jimin said, "We were devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes including Asian American hate crimes, but to put a stop to this and support the cause, we'd like to take this opportunity to voice ourselves once again."

The group stressed the importance of respecting people of different cultures. V, 26, explained in the press room, "Everyone has their own history. We hope today is one step forward to respecting and understanding each and every one as a valuable person."

The "Dynamite" hitmakers also thanked their global fan base for their continued support. J-Hope stated, "We are here today thanks to our ARMY, our fans worldwide who have different nationalities and cultures and use different languages. we are truly always grateful."

Jungkook, 24, admitted to being amazed by the size of the group's fan base and the passion of their worldwide following. The singer, who is the youngest member of the boy band, explained, "We still feel surprised that music created by South Korean artists reaches so many people around the world, transcending languages and cultural barriers. we believe music is always an amazing and wonderful unifier of all things."

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