BTS adds his voice to the chorus of public figures calling for an end to the recently reported surge in hate crimes against people of Asian origin.

On Monday March 29, the hugely popular group’s official social media accounts shared a message in both Korean and English condemning anti-Asian violence, which has been a major cause since the pandemic began has become a concern. The message, which included the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate, also contained painful details of South Korean boy band members’ own experiences with racism.

“We express our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones,” the statement said. “We feel sadness and anger. We remember moments when we were discriminated against as Asians. We endured explosions for no reason and were ridiculed for what we look like. We were even asked why Asians speak English.”

The note went on: “We cannot put into words the pain of being the object of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are insignificant compared to the events of the past few weeks. But those experiences were enough to make them.” close.” we feel powerless and lose our sense of self-worth. “