BTS Reveals Why They Donated $1 Million to Black Lives Matter


South Korean mega group BTS has revealed the reason they donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement at the height of the countrywide protest following George Floyd’s murder.

The group, which consists of seven members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, recently spoke to Variety to explain the reason behind their generous donation in June. Without giving any specifics, Jin said they have also been subjected to prejudice.


View this post on Instagram


⠀ #BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_Dynamite Group Teaser Photo 1

A post shared by BTS official (@bts.bighitofficial) on

“We feel that prejudice should not be tolerated; it really has no place,” he said. “We started to discuss what we could do to help, whether it was a donation or something else.”

“It was a decision we thought about very carefully: what could we do, as part of our overall message of speaking out against prejudice and violence?” group leader RM said. “We discussed it very carefully with the company and that’s how this came about.”


View this post on Instagram


#BTS #방탄소년단 #MAP_OF_THE_SOUL_PERSONA Concept Photo version 4

A post shared by BTS official (@bts.bighitofficial) on

In the first issue of Weverse Magazine, BTS revealed they were subjected to COVID-19 related racism when they visited SiriusXM in New York City in February.


View this post on Instagram


#BTS #방탄소년단 #MAP_OF_THE_SOUL_PERSONA Concept Photo version 3

A post shared by BTS official (@bts.bighitofficial) on

BTS made it clear they do not consider themselves to be political when they made the donation.

“I don’t consider ourselves as political. I don’t want to speak in political terms,” Suga said. “Ours are initiatives that any person who wishes to live in a just world would want to pursue. We aren’t trying to send out some grandiose message.”


View this post on Instagram


#BTS #방탄소년단 #MAP_OF_THE_SOUL_PERSONA Concept Photo version 2

A post shared by BTS official (@bts.bighitofficial) on

“We always want to do what we can to make it a better world, whether in Korea or elsewhere, and go in as much of a positive direction as we can, whether through our music or charity,” J-Hope said.

RM echoed the same sentiment as Suga and further explained their goal with the donation.

“Our goal and what we really want to see is for everyone to be able to lead safe lives,” he said. “That’s the motivation for donating to BLM or our UNICEF campaign and other initiatives.”

After news of their donation reached their fans, ARMY, they immediately raised money to match their idols’ donation the next day.

Feature Image Screenshot via Variety

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: