K-pop supergroup BTS is set to head to the White House next week to speak with President Biden about a recent spate of hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans, the government’s latest attempt to use celebrities to spread social and political messages .
The White House on Thursday announced the May 31 visit, adding that the septet would also “discuss Asian inclusion and representation” with the commander in chief.
The South Korean singing group – also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene” – has not shied away from condemning anti-Asian violence in the past. tweet in March 2021 “#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate”, along with a lengthy explanation.
“We remember moments when we were discriminated against as Asians,” they wrote in Korean and English. “We endured swearing for no reason and were mocked for our looks. We were even asked why Asians speak English.”
“We stand against racial discrimination,” the group added. “We condemn violence. You, me and we all have the right to respect. We will stand together.”
Twitter announced in December that the post was the most-retweeted tweet of 2021,
The Biden White House is no stranger to visits from celebrities and social media influencers.
Recently, actress and singer Selena Gomez attended the inaugural Adolescent Mental Health Conference hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services and MTV Entertainment. Gomez has long been an advocate for mental health awareness and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2020.
Socialite and former reality TV star Paris Hilton also recently appeared at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with administration officials about child abuse laws.
The Biden administration has faced backlash for its celebrity-led advocacy — particularly when it came to promoting COVID-19 vaccines.
In December, Twitter users criticized the administration for recruiting the music group Pentatonix to sing about a booster shot. That same month, the White House was hit over a blatant TikTok video Biden made with the Jonas Brothers.
In August, the White House was criticized for using social media influencer Benny Drama to urge young Americans to get vaccinated in a viral TikTok video with then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki .
Other White House visitors in bold include pop singer Olivio Rodrigo, who spoke about vaccines during a news conference, R&B singer Ciara, who met with First Lady Jill Biden to discuss childhood vaccinations, and PBS host Bill Nye, who made a TikTok video with the President to promote the Build Back Better spending bill.
Earlier this year, the White House took social media influencer advocacy to another level, holding a briefing with 30 high-profile TikTok creators on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, hoping the influencers would provide accurate information about the ongoing war would pass on.
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