5 Times K-Pop Stans United to Make Change for Social Justice
K-pop fans have emerged as valuable allies in the advancement of current social issues in the U.S.
For years, followers of multiple fandoms have used their numbers to influence changes within the industry, but pressing matters in the last several weeks have united them to take action beyond their love of music.
K-pop-related hashtags almost always dominate trends on Twitter. After George Floyd’s death on May 25, K-pop fans rallied behind the Black Lives Matter movement by posting supportive messages using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
Blackpink fans, affectionately known as Blinks, especially contributed to the cause. Instead of tweeting about Lady Gaga and the quartet’s “Sour Candy” — which came out three days after Floyd’s death — they came in solidarity with Black Lives.
2. They flooded the Dallas Police Department with fancams to stop cops from tracking protesters.
BTS made a $1 million donation to the BLM movement. Soon after Variety reported the good deed, ARMY, the septet’s legion of fans, managed to raise $1 million for Black organizations.
One in an ARMY, a charity-focused collective, tracked the incoming donations.
“We’ve run big projects before, but the amount of support for this project is overwhelming,” a representative said in a statement. “We truly didn’t know whether the goal would be reached. We’re so proud that ARMY have once again channeled their power for good and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-Black racism.”
.@BTS_twt fans match BTS’ one million dollar donation to Black Lives Matter.
Feature Image (representation only) via Drew Angerer / Getty Images
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