K-Pop superstars BTS have called for an end to Asian hatred after the tragic Atlanta shooting, in which six Asian women were murdered among eight people.
The band has joined the #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate movement following anti-Asian violence in the US, and the members of the group released a joint statement on Tuesday saying they felt “ grief and anger ” in the wake of the attacks.
Members Jin, 28, Suga, 28, J-Hope, 27, RM, 26, Jimin, 25, V, 25 and Jungkook, 23, also admitted to feeling ‘powerless’ before due to the racist abuse they have been exposed to in the past .
‘We feel sadness and anger’: K-Pop superstars BTS called in a joint statement on Tuesday for an end to Asian hatred after tragic Atlanta shooting
In their statement, they said: “We offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel sadness and anger.
‘We remember times when as Asians we faced discrimination. We endured expletives for no reason and were mocked for our way of looking.
‘We were even asked why Asians spoke English. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming a victim of hatred and violence for that reason.
Candidate: Members (RL) Jin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, V and RM also admitted feeling ‘powerless’ before due to past racist abuse
Reflecting on the racial abuse they have received, they added, “Our own experiences are insignificant compared to the events that have taken place in recent weeks.”
“But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and diminish our self-esteem.”
The Mic Drop hitmakers also made it clear that they “condemn violence” and spent “a lot of time” deciding how to express their feelings.
They continued: ‘What is happening now cannot be separated from our identity as Asians.
It took us a long time to discuss this carefully, and we thought deeply about how to deliver our message. But what our vote is supposed to convey is clear.
‘We are against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, me and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. ‘
Reflect: Reflecting on racist abuse they have received, they added, ‘Our own experiences are insignificant compared to the events that have occurred in recent weeks’
A gunman named Robert Aaron Long, 21, was charged with the incident earlier this month, which sparked controversy after police said Long (who is white) claimed the killing spree was caused not by race, but by “ sex addiction, ” with the victims because they tempted him.
Actress Olivia Munn, 40, was one of many notable names who questioned how the attack was positioned as anything other than a hate crime after Cherokee County sheriff’s captain. Jay Baker at a press conference said Long had had a really bad day. ‘leading up to the mass murder.
“I’m tired of people humanizing white terrorists and apologizing for their murderous acts,” she wrote. “He was a sex addict.” “He had a really bad day.” ‘
The latest: Olivia Munn (R) also recently condemned hatred of Asian people after the Georgia shooting that killed six Asian women among eight people
She continued: ‘There is no point in helping a community that is under attack and that feels powerless to stop it. This is a way of trying to justify and rationalize what he did instead of just calling it what it is: a hate crime against Asian women. ‘
Munn called on the authorities to ‘wait’ [Long] to be accountable ‘in the context of a hate crime in the handling of the case.
“We need to hold people to account who think that way,” she said. ‘You have a whole population in danger. Asian Americans are targeted.
Want to talk about mental health? Let’s talk about how there is a mental health crisis about living in a country that attacks you for just being yourself. We need help. Please.’
Do something: Munn called on authorities to ‘wait’ [Long] to be accountable ‘in the context of a hate crime in the handling of the case
The Love Wedding Repeat star added the hashtag #StopAsianHate, calling herself a ‘proud Asian American’ upon unsubscribing.
Other stars who condemned the attack include George Takei, Gwyneth Paltrow, Margaret Cho, Gemma Chan, Bella Hadid, Padma Lakshmi, Lucy Liu, Daniel Dae Kim, Ken Jeong, Kristen Bell, Anne Hathaway and Ava DuVernay.
Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion recently donated $ 50,000 to support the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings.
The ‘WAP’ hitmaker teamed up with Fashion Nova and activist May Lee to donate the money to Advancing Justice Atlanta – a nonprofit that works for the rights of Asian Americans in Georgia – after the devastating March 16 shootings, in which a gunman entered. three different spas and eight people killed.
In an Instagram post announcing the donation, Megan wrote: “ I am deeply saddened by the loss of eight individuals taken from their families on March 16 in a senseless, violent attack on Asian Americans.
To honor the memory of these victims, @FashionNova and I are working with journalist and Asian activist @mayleeshow to make a $ 50,000 donation to @advancing_justice_atl, who work tirelessly to promote the civil and human rights of Asian Americans in Georgia and the Southeast to protect.
Doing her part: Meanwhile, Megan Thee Stallion (pictured at the Grammys earlier this month) recently donated $ 50,000 to support the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings