Through music and acts of love, BTS have become champions of hope who bring positive changes to the world.
Many of their songs tackle topics that could be deemed political. BTS has also spoken out about racial discrimination and contributed to causes, including UNICEF and Black Lives Matter, but how do they feel about politics?
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
In a new interview with Variety magazine, Suga and RM answered this question on behalf of the group. Suga said, “I don’t consider ourselves as political. We aren’t trying to send out some grandiose message.”
Instead of diving into politics themselves, BTS speaks through ARMY and ARMY speaks through BTS. “We would see ARMY as a conduit for our voice or our opinion,” Suga continued. “ARMY speaks their own initiatives, and we always respect their opinions, as we respect any other person’s.”
Like their songs, BTS’s thoughts about mixing music and politics aren’t black and white. According to RM, it’s all up to interpretation. “We are not political figures,” he explained. “but as they say, everything is political eventually. Even a pebble can be political.”
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