After legions of K-pop fans hijacked the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag with anti-racist posts this week, the world’s biggest K-pop act, BTS, has taken a stand against racial discrimination in a rare political statement.
The group posted in both Korean and English, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Earlier this week, K-pop fans began trolling white supremacist hashtags on Twitter, including #WhiteLivesMatter and #WhiteOutWednesday, the former a reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement and the latter in response to Tuesday's social media blackout. The aim was to drown out racist messages with anti-racist ones featuring K-pop memes and videos.
While some Twitter users initially thought fans were using the hashtag seriously, others quickly realized what was going on and began praising the fandom.
“K-Pop fans completely hijacking the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag makes me so proud,” one person tweeted.
"kpop stans ruining every white supremacist hashtag. i truly love to see it," tweeted another.