BTS Headed to the White House to Discuss Anti-Asian Hate

The K-pop band, which has become a worldwide phenomenon, will meet with President Biden to talk about inclusion and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

From left, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope of BTS attend the Grammy awards in Las Vegas on Apr. 3.
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The K-pop sensation BTS is en route to the White House. The seven-member South Korean boyband will meet with President Joe Biden on Tuesday to discuss rising anti-Asian hate incidents and round out AAPI Heritage Month. 

“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes,” a White House statement said. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”

BTS has been vocal about anti-Asian hate in the past, speaking about it during their post-pandemic tours and in statements to social media.

“We stand against racial discrimination,” the band said in a statement, which was shared on the group’s Twitter last year. “We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

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