It was announced today that international sensation BTS and their company Big Hit Entertainment made a monetary donation in a show of their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
According to various US media sources, including Billboard Magazine, the seven-member group donated approximately ￦1.2 billion KRW ($1 million USD) to the social justice campaign. While US media outlets confirm the donation, it has not yet been verified by the group’s company.
Earlier this week, BTS made a post on their official Twitter page showing their support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The #BlackLivesMatter movement has shown renewed life after George Floyd’s death by a police officer occurred this past May 25. The incident has resulted in numerous protests across the entire United States. Some have shown signs of violence by both the protesters and the police, but the majority have been peaceful.
Many other celebrities have also shown various types of support, e.g., monetarily, on social media, through petitions, etc., including musicians Ariana Grande, Drake, and Kanye West, former NBA legend Michael Jordan, Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Numerous Korean celebrities have also shown their support, including Jay Park, Kang Daniel, former Super Junior member Henry Lau, and f(x) member Amber.
Throughout their entire career, BTS has worked tirelessly so that people all over the world can learn to love and respect not only themselves but also each other and looks to be continuing to live that value through their support of this movement.