“Oh, my goodness,” joked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, hustling right into a packed White Home press briefing room yesterday. “A lot pleasure. I do know—it’s the Fed chair assembly.” Submitting in behind her, after all, was the actual reason behind the hullabaloo: the seven members of Ok-Pop phenom BTS, the most important band on this planet.
In honor of the final day of the AANHPI Heritage Month, band members J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin, RM, and Jimin all took to the mic to talk on the worldwide rise of anti-Asian racism and violence.
“We have been devastated by the latest surge of hate crimes, together with Asian American hate crimes,” Jimin mentioned, per a translator. “To place a cease on this and assist the trigger, we’d wish to take this chance to voice ourselves as soon as once more.”
J-Hope, in a nod to their avid fanbase, added, “We’re right here in the present day because of our ARMY—our followers worldwide, who’ve totally different nationalities and cultures and use totally different languages. We’re really and all the time grateful.”
The band wore a flight of matching black fits and ties from the Korean menswear model Tailorable; afterward, the official POTUS Twitter account shared a video of the boys strolling of their fits, Reservoir Canine type, by way of the Rose Backyard to fulfill President Biden. (Whereas the band are additionally big-time world model ambassadors for Louis Vuitton, and sometimes put on Vuitton to large occasions—all of them sported coordinated LV appears to the 2022 Grammys, for instance—it is sensible they’d rep a Korean model for this specific briefing.)
Afterward through the briefing, a reporter requested if BTS, who had been on the White Home for a number of hours by that time, had been “filming a music video on website or something like that.” Jean-Pierre fastidiously neither confirmed nor denied. Taking the torch from the Jonas Brothers, who visited the White Home again in December to reenact a preferred TikTok sound whereas advising Individuals to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, boy band diplomacy lives on.