A video showing BTS having a friendly talk with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House was released.
On June 4th (local time), through its official SNS, the White House uploaded a video of the conversation between BTS and President Biden on May 31st. The video showed BTS visiting the White House and looking around, explaining their feelings and purpose of the visit to reporters in the briefing room, as well as chatting with President Biden in the Oval Office.
BTS visited the White House at the invitation of President Biden to commemorate the “Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month” and share their opinions with President Biden on anti-Asian hate crimes, discrimination and diversity.
President Biden told BTS, “What you’re doing makes a big difference. Talking about how we have to eliminate hate is important. I know you know what you’re doing, but don’t underestimate it. Not just your great talent. It’s the message you’re communicating. It matters. This is one President who appreciates you.”
To this, BTS responded with a smile, “When we first heard that the White House and President Biden invited us because of the Stop Asian Hate and the anti-Asian hate crimes, we were like, ‘This is it. Why not? We have to go.’ And thank you for recognizing all the affords. And we truly feel that our time truly pays off and pays back.”
BTS said, “Lastly, we thank President Biden and the White House for giving this important opportunity to speak about the important causes. Remind ourselves of what we can do as artists.”
Aside from the serious conversation, the video also showed President Biden playing BTS’ song “Butter” to create a pleasant atmosphere.
Besides, BTS met U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, which was also captured in the video. Vice President Harris said, “When we see hate and prejudice, it’s meant to make people afraid and it’s meant to make people feel alone. And therefore without power. When you all speak about it, you speak to people in a way that reminds them they’re not alone.” Hearing this, BTS replied, “We just want to give back all the love that we got and use our voice like you told us. That’s all we wanted. So today is a really, really historical and big day for us.”
BTS, the first Korean artist to visit the White House and speak on anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, has steadily spread good influence with their voices in various places, not just on stage.