K-pop behemoths BTS and their fans have donated $2 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the band’s label and their fan fundraising group.
Last Thursday, the South Korean boy band posted a tweet saying:
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence, You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter”
In response, BTS fan-based charity fundraising group “One In An ARMY” launched a campaign to raise funds in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which raised $50,000 in four and a half days.
The campaign then turned into a drive to #MatchAMillion, after reports the band had donated $1 million emerged on Saturday.
The band’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, confirmed to CNN that BTS had donated $1 million to a campaign group.
In the first 24 hours of the #MatchAMillion campaign, the fan group raised more than $817,000, according to a press release that One In An ARMY posted on its Twitter account.
Shortly after, on Sunday evening ET, the fundraiser updated via Twitter that they had reached their $1 million goal.
The additional $1 million was donated to bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality, black-led advocacy organizations fighting systemic injustice and support for the physical and mental health of the black community, the statement said