Against the backdrop of the pandemic, conflict in Afghanistan and deadly storms exacerbated by climate change, more than a million people were infected by the United Nations on Monday. Not to see heads of state, but to see Boy Boy: BTS.
Seven-member Korean pop group Seven, the multi-billion dollar act known for their dynamic dance moves, playful lyrics and furious fans, promoted a coronavirus vaccine during a nearly seven-minute speech at UN headquarters, praising the resilience of the youth. New York.
The group’s appearance comes a day before a meeting of more than 100 world leaders and delegates on Tuesday to open the General Assembly, an annual gathering that was nearly hampered by last year’s pandemic.
Together with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who identified them as the President’s special envoys for future generations and culture, the group then showed a video recording of their hit “Permission to Dance”.
Video shows young criminals dancing in the empty hallways of the assembly hall – where the president and autocrats threaten to destroy and diplomats appear – and then outside the compound.
Fans of the band followed the United Nations YouTube channel and sparked a live chat stream with some purple heart-shaped emoticons that turned into business cards.
The band’s vocalist, Kim Nam-jun, said, “I heard today people in their teens and 20s are referred to as the lost generation of Kovid, who goes by the stage name RM (formerly Rap Monster). “But I think it’s hard to say they got lost because the path they took can’t be seen with the big eye.”
Mr. Moon introduced the group to Caverns Hall, where the group wore dark suits, tabs and collars to promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Campaign.
He said BTS, whose name stands for the Korean words Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bulletproof Boy Scouts, “is probably the most beloved artist by people around the world”.
This is not the first time the band, a major force in Korean pop music known as K-pop, has performed at the United Nations. In 2018, BTS visited the United Nations to help UNICEF promote Generation Unlimited, a campaign dedicated to the education of young people and their vocational training.
On Monday, the group’s live broadcast on the United Nations YouTube channel received nearly a million views. Later that day, the view count exceeded six million.
One of the group’s members, J-Hope, said there was a lot of speculation about whether the group was vaccinated. He said all seven singers had been vaccinated.
“What important decisions do we make in the face of change?” he said. “Of course we got the vaccine. Vaccination is a kind of ticket to the meeting with our fans waiting for us and so that we can stand here in front of you today. ”
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