BTS: 'Sincerely outraged with Asian hatred. Stop the violence!'
Group Bangtan Boys (BTS) have strongly expressed their opposition to racial discrimination, saying, "we are outraged" at the hatred targeting Asians spreading in Western society recently.
BTS posted on their official Twitter account on Tuesday in Korean and English, saying, "We sincerely express our condolences to those who have lost their beloved family. We feel sad and angry at the same time."
They added the "StopAsianHate" (Stop hatred for Asians) and "StopAAPIHate" (Stop hatred for Asia-Pacific) hashtags (#).
BTS said that they were also discriminated against because they were Asians. "While walking down the street, we were cursed for no reason, and our appearance was degraded. We were even asked why we didn't speak any English being Asians."
However, BTS wrote, "Our experience is very trivial compared to what is happening right now," and "Being subject to hatred and violence because of a different race is a pain we cannot even start expressing."
They said, "We can't think of what's happening now, apart from our identity as Asians." "Before this story was brought up, we were thinking a lot how to convey our voices."
"The message we have to convey is clear," they concluded, saying, "We are against racism. We are against violence. Me, you, and we all have the right to be respected. We will be together."
In the wake of the recent shooting in Atlanta, USA, where eight people -- including six Asian women, were killed -- world-class pop stars and K-pop singers are continuing to raise their voices against hate crimes against Asians.