K-pop global sensation BTS will meet US President Joe Biden at the White House—yup, that’s a thing.
BTS will be present at the White House on Tuesday, May 31 to discuss the “anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination” with US President Joe Biden. The group’s appearance aims to raise awareness in time for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.
Per a press statement, the septet will also address “Asian inclusion and representation” which they always talked about in their music.
K-pop group @BTS_twt will join @POTUS next Tuesday "to discuss Asian inclusion and representation, and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination which have become more prominent issues in recent years," announces the @WhiteHouse. #BTS #AANHPI pic.twitter.com/Ykm6qtch4U— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 26, 2022
BTS’ visit to the White House comes after Biden’s visit to South Korea earlier this month to strengthen ties with President Yoon Suk-yeol.
In March 2021, the Grammy-nominated group previously spoke about the number of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US.
“We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English,” BTS said in a statement.
BTS was formed by the Korean music label Big Hit Entertainment in 2013 with the single No More Dream. Some of the group’s biggest hits include Butter, Dynamite, and Permission To Dance.