More than a million people were detained by the United Nations on Monday in a deadly storm exacerbated by a pandemic, conflict in Afghanistan and climate change. Boy band, not the head of state: BTS.
Seven members of the multi-billion dollar Korean pop group, known for their dynamic dance moves, catchy lyrics and enthusiastic fans, promoted the coronavirus vaccine in a seven-minute speech at UN headquarters. Praised the resilience of young people. New York.
The band’s appearance came the day before more than 100 world leaders and representatives gathered for the opening of the General Assembly on Tuesday. The General Assembly is an annual meeting held almost last year for a pandemic.
Accompanied by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who nominated them as special presidential envoys for future generations and culture, the band showed a pre-recorded video of their hit “Dance Permit.”
The video showed a young crooner dancing in an empty passageway in a meetinghouse where diplomats went on strike, as the president and dictator threatened extinction, and later dancing outside the complex.
A corps of band fans enthusiastically followed the UN YouTube channel and flooded with messages erupting into live chat. Many of them have purple heart pictograms as calling cards.
“Today, I hear that people in their teens and twenties are called the lost generation of Covid,” said Kim Nam-jun, the lead singer of the band playing under the stage name RM (formerly Rap Monster). rice field. “But I don’t think it’s straightforward to say that they were lost just because the path they walked was invisible to the adult eye.”
Moon introduced members of the band inside a cave hall where the group wore dark suits, straps with name tags, and lapel buttons to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals campaign.
BTS, which stands for BTS, said it was “probably the most beloved artist by people all over the world.”
This wasn’t the first time a band known as K-POP, the dominant force in Korean pop music, had appeared at the United Nations. In 2018, BTS visited the United Nations to help UNICEF promote Generation Unlimited, a campaign aimed at educating young people and providing vocational training.
On Monday, the live stream of the band’s appearance on the UN YouTube channel recorded about 1 million views. Later that day, the number of views exceeded 6 million.
J-hope, one of the band’s members, said there was considerable speculation about whether the group was vaccinated. He said all seven singers had been vaccinated.
“The choices we make when faced with change are important, right?” He said. “Of course, I was vaccinated. Vaccination was a kind of ticket to meet the fans waiting for us and to be able to stand here in front of you today.”