K-pop superstars have raised $3.6 million and generated millions of tweets during four years of teaming up with the U.N. children’s agency
K-pop superstars BTS have raised $3.6 million and generated millions of tweets during four years of teaming up with the U.N. children’s agency to fight violence, abuse and bullying and promote self-esteem in young people, the agency is announcing Wednesday.
The “Love Myself” campaign spread its message through means including social media hashtags, merchandise, the South Korean band’s 2018-2019 “Love Yourself” world tour and a 2019 video for the children’s agency, called UNICEF, urging people to “choose kindness.” The “Love Myself” slogan was even emblazoned on dirigibles flown over the musicians’ hometowns in 2017.
UNICEF had booths at BTS concerts, and the band members filmed a music video at the U.N. headquarters and repeatedly spoke there, most recently during the General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders last month. When the coronavirus pandemic forced last year’s meeting to be held almost entirely virtually, BTS members spoke by video about how they dealt with the isolation and frustration brought on by pandemic shutdowns.
BTS said in a statement for Wednesday’s announcement that the band launched the “Love Myself” campaign to improve other young people’s lives but strove to live by it themselves.
“We as a team and as individuals grew, as well,” the seven-member band said. “We hope that many people felt how the love received from others can become the power that allows them to love themselves.”
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