“We are devastated by the recent uptick in hate crimes, including hate crimes targeting Asian people,” said Jimin (Park Ji-min), one of the seven artists in the iconic K-Pop group, since the stage of the press room of the White House, absolutely crowded for the occasion.

Further, behind the railings of the building, very many fans – part of what BTS calls its “army” of admirers and admirers – crowded in the hope of catching a glimpse of the artists.

– “Differences” –

“There is nothing wrong with being different. Equality begins when we reveal and accept our differences,” said Suga (Min Yoon-gi), another member of the group, whose comments, like those by Jimin, have been translated.

The seven young men, in dark suits and ties and white shirts, paraded in front of journalists to make short statements, before being received by the American president.

The exercise, usually very formatted, led by the spokesperson for the American executive, Karine Jean-Pierre, in the famous room with a blue background has aroused very unusual interest online: more than 200,000 people were connected before before the daily press conference begins, a figure disproportionate to the normal audience.

The briefing later resumed its usual course, in front of a suddenly reduced audience, with the arrival of a Joe Biden economic adviser who joked, “I can tell my kids that BTS turned the room up for me.”

Joe Biden invited BTS as part of a series of events celebrating the Asian community in the United States and denouncing the racism to which it is subjected.

The American president wanted to discuss with the world’s most influential boy band “the inclusion and representation” of Asian people, but also “the racist crimes and discrimination against Asians, which have become increasingly important in recent years,” according to a White House statement last week.

Their meeting took place away from the press.

The group, according to the US executive, also shot a video with the White House communications team, and were offered a guided tour of the famous building.

The White House wants to see BTS as “ambassadors of youth, spreading a message of hope and optimism” to the world.

– United Nations –

The septet has already been invited twice to address the United Nations, in 2018 and 2021, in particular about climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s been a long time since the fame of these artists in their twenties has crossed Korean borders to sweep the world, and therefore the United States: three of BTS’s songs have appeared at the top of the Billboard, the ranking American most popular songs.

They posted record annual revenue in 2021 of over $1 billion, driven by online content and album sales.

The communications team of Joe Biden, 79, and the oldest president ever elected in the United States, has launched since his arrival at the White House a massive offensive aimed at young audiences, through collaborations with many stars. and influencers.

We saw at the White House the latest American pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo, or an adored group of teenagers, the Jonas Brothers, who came to record videos with the American president to promote vaccination against Covid-19. 19.