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BTS Makes Statement About Anti-Asian Hate Crimes at White House

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Per Deadline:

South Korean pop band BTS appeared at Tuesday’s White House press briefing to make a short statement in advance of their meeting with President Joe Biden.

Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook appeared at the White House lectern and each took turns reading from a short statement on the purpose of their visit: To commemorate AANHPI Heritage Month and to meet with President Joe Biden.

Among the topics is the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.

“We believe music is always an amazing and wonderful unifier of all things,” the group said. “…We think equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences.”



Some journalists shouted questions to the septet, but they did not take questions.

Their appearance was immediately followed by remarks from Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, who told reporters, “So I get to go home and tell my kids BTS opened for me. I did not expect that when I woke up this morning.”

The White House has tapped pop culture figures to help in certain messaging initiatives. Earlier this month, Selena Gomez appeared with First Lady Jill Biden for an East Room event focused on mental health. Paris Hilton also visited the White House this month, to talk about child abuse in residential facilities. Angelina Jolie and Olivia Rodrigo also have made visits, and the administration enlisted celebrities and YouTube stars to promote Covid vaccinations.

BTS is scheduled to meet with Biden on Tuesday afternoon, but it is closed to the press.



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That's a cute sentiment although it would've been nice if they'd just made a statement about racial discrimination in general, because some of their stans make thinly-veiled racists remarks towards African Americans on Twitter a lot:whitneyshade_whitney_Houston_mad_really_blink_seriously_hmm_umm_done:

And not to be "that guy", but we're dealing with an economic crisis, baby formula and oil shortages, COVID-19 still, daily school shootings, monkeypox, and a war in Ukraine that could escalate into WW3, so why is the White House playing meet and greet with all these celebrities...?

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