K-pop sensations BTS reportedly paid out of pocket for their trip to the White House to meet with President Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate.
Washington Post contributor Soo Youn posted the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Oh, I asked if BTS paid for the trip or the WH paid and it was BTS. They paid their own way, this was something they wanted to do, per WH sources,” she wrote.
It came as no surprise to many netizens, who exclaimed the members were genuinely outstanding people.
“Absolutely not surprising they turned the offer down. WH uses taxpayer money for everything and the group cares deeply about the issue they were asked to speak on and would pay for it themselves,” one Twitter user wrote in a post that has garnered over 1,200 likes.
“As expected! they have been doing this (not the first time) for trips/causes they genuinely care about,” reiterated another netizen.
All seven members of BTS met with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday, the last day of AAPI Heritage Month, to discuss anti-Asian hate and issues of diversity and inclusion more broadly.
Netizens were thrilled by the fact that the Grammy-nominated boy band convinced America’s commander-in-chief to do a finger heart gesture during the landmark visit.
BTS has been known to donate generously to charitable causes, giving millions to anti-violence and anti-bullying campaigns.
While BTS’ visit was based on invitation, it is unclear whether the White House offered accommodations or any financial compensation for the event.