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Biden will host BTS at the White House on Tuesday to discuss anti-Asian hate crime

Self-confessed K-Pop fan Biden will host BTS at the White House on Tuesday to discuss anti-Asian hate crime and the ‘importance of diversity and inclusion’

  • The band that has a massive global fan base will appear in person alongside Biden, who has previously confessed he is a fan
  • In May 2021, in a meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the White House, he said ‘K-pop fans are universal’ 
  • Biden has finalized plans to host BTS before he’s gotten a trip to Uvalde, Texas on the books, where a gunman shot and killed 19 school children and two teachers
  •  The president has said he would travel to Uvalde ‘in the coming days’
  • Asian hate crimes have been on the rise in recent years, rising 339 percent in 2021 compared to 2020

President Biden will welcome K-pop sensations BTS to the White House on Wednesday for an event on anti-Asian hate crime, it was announced on Thursday.

The band that has a massive global fan base will appear in person alongside Biden, who has previously confessed he is a fan.

The group are the latest celebrities the White House has turned to on their agenda after Jill Biden welcomed Selena Gomez to talk about mental health and the president had the Jonas Brothers appear in a video on vaccines.

The White House announced the event next week, even though they have still not finalized when Biden and first lady Jill will visit Uvalde following the school massacre. 

In May 2021, in a meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the White House, he said ‘K-pop fans are universal.’

‘I can tell those who laugh know what I’m talking about. Anyway I’ll get back to that later.’

Biden has finalized plans to host BTS before he’s gotten a trip to Uvalde, Texas on the books, where a gunman shot and killed 19 school children and two teachers. The president has said he would travel to Uvalde ‘in the coming days.’ 

President Biden will welcome K-pop sensations BTS to the White House on Wednesday for an event on anti-Asian hate crime, it was announced on Thursday

BTS is pictured above performing their hit song 'Butter' at the Grammy Awards last month in Las Vegas

BTS is pictured above performing their hit song ‘Butter’ at the Grammy Awards last month in Las Vegas 

Last week, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris condemned attacks against minority communities at a White House event on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

‘Hate can have no safe harbor in America. And every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,’ Biden said.

BTS have turned to social issues such as violence by partnering with UNICEF on the Love Myself campaign. They have also performed at the United Nations General Assembly. 

‘On Tuesday, May 31st, global K-pop phenomenon and Grammy-nominated musical group from the Republic of Korea BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan or ‘Beyond the Scene’) will join President Biden to discuss Asian inclusion and representation, and to address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination which have become more prominent issues in recent years, the White House said in the statement

‘President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes and signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify, investigate, and report hate crimes and ensure that hate crimes information is more accessible to AA and NHPI communities. 

‘President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.’

The band that has a massive global fan base will appear in person alongside Biden, who has previously confessed he is a fan

The band that has a massive global fan base will appear in person alongside Biden, who has previously confessed he is a fan

Asian hate crimes have been on the rise in recent years.  A shooting at a Taiwanese southern California church that killed one and injured five earlier this month is now being investigated as a hate crime, as is a shooting at a Dallas salon this month that wounded three women of Asian descent. Hate crimes against Asian American communities rose 339 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., and in March 2020 the FBI predicted a spike in hate crimes against them due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which originated in China.  

In an effort to connect with his younger voter base, Biden has brought a whole host of TikTok stars and celebrities into the White House orbit.

In October Biden famously invited teen sensation Olivia Rodrigo, best known for her hit song ‘Driver’s License,’ to the White House to talk about vaccines with him and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Rodrigo made a surprise appearance in the briefing room with then-press secretary Jen Psaki. 

Comedian James Corden took part in a skit with Psaki and Biden that was played at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 

In March, the White House invited a cadre of TikTok influencers to the White House to feed them information on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They held a Zoom briefing for about 30 popular internet figures, who promptly took to their social media accounts to talk about what they learned, posting video explainers on topics like ‘Why is gas so expensive?’ 

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