Fans of K-pop megastars BTS raised and donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement. The donation matched the band’s donation of the same amount within 24 hours!
The band’s managers Big Hit Entertainment said at the weekend that they and BTS, currently one of the biggest acts in the world, had jointly donated $1 million to the ongoing anti-racism movement in the U.S. and beyond, triggered by the death in police custody of an unarmed black man as an officer knelt on his neck.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence,” BTS said in a tweet last week, which has since been retweeted around 1 million times.
The big announcement soon sparked a #MatchAMillion hashtag trending worldwide on Twitter, with a set of BTS fans, setting up an online donation project for the cause. On Monday morning, One in an Army announced they had raised just over $1 million from nearly 35,000 donors.
“Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality,” and support black-led advocacy groups, among others, they said on Twitter.
None of the fan group’s organizers are South Korean, according to their website, with most from Europe or North America. Way to go BTS!