BTS members made a speech at UN General Assembly this week. They tried to give a message of hope at a time when the world suffers greatly from COVID-19. Photo courtesy of UNICEF

K-pop superstar delivers ‘message of hope’

K-pop megastar BTS spoke at the 75th UN General Assembly this week to deliver a “message of hope” at a time when the world suffers from the spread of the virus pandemic.

The seven-member group also spoke during the 73rd UN General Assembly to mark the launch of a UNICEF program aimed at ending violence against youth.

RM, the group’s leader and the only fluent English speaker, started the speech.

COVID-19 was beyond my imagination. Our world tour was totally canceled, all our plans went away, and I became alone. I looked up but couldn’t see the stars at night,” he said.

The other six members also explain how the COVID-19-caused isolation affected them.

For example, Jungkook said that his bandmates gave him strength even when “the stars at night is not visible.”

One night, we were working together. RM said he couldn’t see the stars anymore, but I saw my face reflected in the windows. I saw all of our faces,” he said in Korean.

Our songs became the stories we wanted to tell each other. We live in uncertainty, but really nothing’s changed. If there’s something I can do, if our voices can give strength to people, then that’s what we want and what we’ll keen on doing.”

RM concluded the speech by stressing things would get better if all help one other.

Our tomorrow may be dark, painful, difficult. We might stumble or fall down. But stars shine brightest when the night is darkest. And if the stars are hidden, we’ll let moonlight guide us,” he said.

It might feel like it’s always night and we’ll always be alone, but the night is always the darkest before the first light of dawn.”

Then the seven members voiced their final message of “Life goes on,” and “let’s live on.”

BTS became the first Korean act to top Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart late last month. Its latest single, “Dynamite,” helped the septet achieve the unprecedented feat.

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