BTS explained why they personally donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, which inspired their fans to match their donation.
All the members of BTS & their label, Big Hit Entertainment, made the donation in June, during the height of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the k-pop band revealed their reasons behind the donation.
“When we’re abroad or in other situations, we’ve also been subjected to prejudice. We feel that prejudice should not be tolerated; it really has no place,” BTS told the magazine.
“It was a decision we thought about very carefully: What could we do, as part of our overall message of speaking out against prejudice and violence? We discussed it very carefully with the company and that’s how this came about,” group added.
“Ours are initiatives that any person who wishes to live in a just world would want to pursue. We aren’t trying to send out some grandiose message…It’s about us being against racism and violence. Most people would be against these things,” BTS said.