Amid protests in The United States Of America and many parts of the world, celebrities are standing in solidarity with the Black community and speaking up against police brutality and violence against the community. With many celebrities making donations to several fundraisers and raising awareness, South Korean superstars BTS have not only spoken up but have made a massive donation of $1 million to Black Lives Matter fund along with their parent company Big Hit Entertainment, as reported by Variety.
Black Lives Matter fund’s goal is to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever. While BTS and Big Hit Entertainment did not comment on their donation, Variety spoke to Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter and she said, “Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression. We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives.”
After BTS’ donation, their fandom – known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC For Youth, kick-started their own initiative to take the donations further in order to match the group’s donation. The wave of donations may have surprised people but the fans have actively donated to various charities in the past too. In just a day, they have crossed the mark of $600,000 and counting. The fandom is known to be involved in activism and philanthropic work just like BTS.
Hi ARMY! We will be tracking donations for #MatchAMillion as requested????
Please fill out ➡️https://t.co/XWRa2H3cP1⬅️
If you are unsure where to donate to, we have compiled a carrd with orgs here (please read rest of thread for more details ⬇️)https://t.co/6Ms3CdCZnA@BTS_twt
— ⟭⟬ One in an ARMY⁷ ⟬⟭ Charity Project ???? (@OneInAnARMY) June 7, 2020
$606,653!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From 19,432 donations???!??!?? This is CRAZY????!?!???!??!! #MatchAMillion @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/IZ93BoCk15
— bora⁷ (@modooborahae) June 7, 2020
Here’s how Indian Fans can donate:
Indian ARMYs if you do not have PayPal account, there is an option to pay via visa/MasterCard as well. Make sure international transactions is enabled to be able to donate using your card.#MatchAMillion @BTS_twt
????Here’s the link to donatehttps://t.co/7lwqF38UF2
— sueki⁷ ????Still with You (@LifeWithBTS_) June 7, 2020
On June 4, BTS stood in solidarity with the community and wrote, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.
우리는 폭력에 반대합니다.
나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.
We stand against racial discrimination.
We condemn violence.
You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
On June 7, the septet is set to feature and perform during Dear Class of 2020 special for the virtual graduation ceremony.