The K Pop mega group BTS have spoken up regarding #BlackLivesMatter movements in the United States and around the world this month with a donation of $1 Million Dollars to Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter confirmed the donation receipt on Friday June 5th.
On June 4th, the band issued the following statement to Twitter
We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다. 우리는 폭력에 반대합니다. 나, 당신, 우리 모두는 존중받을 권리가 있습니다. 함께 하겠습니다.
We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter
Beyond this, BTS fans and K Pop fans at large have taken impressive and unique action to combat police violence and injustice towards Black communities.
K Pop fans have built up an oftentimes negative reputation for the use of fan cam replies; an action in which fans of certain K Pop idols would reply to tweets in popular hashtags with videos of their favorite performer, in order to promote that artist. Now however, they’re using fan can spam for good:
Fans have hopped onto harmful hashtags and filled them with Gifs and videos of their favorite artists in an effort to drown out the garbage that people using these hashtags in earnest have been trying to distribute. It’s downright genius.
On May 31st, the Dallas police took to Twitter asking for civilians to send photos and videos of “illegal activity from protests” — naturally, BTS fans replied to the Dallas police’s Twitter account in droves to effectively render their protester snitching tool useless.
Elsewhere, fans flooded the moronic #Wh*teLivesMatter hashtag and other alt-right hashtags with fabulous clips of K Pop, defeating the purpose of these garbage hashtags.
Many fans are also donating in the name of BTS and Big Hit, to grow the funds donated from the larger BTS community.
Regardless of your stance on fan cam spam in the past, this is an incredible instance of allyship through a method you wouldn’t normally think of.
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What is it with humans always saying they want to pinch, squeeze, or eat cute things like babies? Science calls it ‘cute aggression‘ and it apparently has to do with a rebalancing of emotions to help us survive: if we’re too busy gawking over how cute a baby is, we’d be too distracted to take care of it, and the baby would starve.
It’s probably the evolutionary impulse that inspired internet musician Billy Cob to write the hateful power ballad “I Want To Kick Baby Yoda In The Ribs” – a hilarious declaration of war against the cute little alien that took the world by storm last November.
Peep these lyrics:
I want to see that he’ll never need to breathe As his cradle’s buried deep under the sod Strong with the force he may be But that doesn’t impress me Want to drown him in the swamps of Dagobah
Yeesh. Besides the lyrics, the real appeal of the song is the genuine talent behind the instrumentals, which sound like a lost Weezer b-side from the Pinkerton era. That comparison shouldn’t be surprising; Billy Cobb also put out the Weezer tribute-ish album, Zerwee, which was a near perfect recreation of the early Weezer sound.
More on Cute Aggression
“Scientists suspect that cute aggression is the brain’s way of coping with the overwhelming response that occurs when these two powerful brain systems are triggered; to temper the onslaught of positive feelings, in other words, the brain tosses in a dash of aggression. And there may be a good reason, evolutionarily speaking, why this occurs.
“[I]f you find yourself incapacitated by how cute a baby is—so much so that you simply can’t take care of it—that baby is going to starve,” Stavropoulos says.”
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“The rock star dream is pretty much dead at this point,” PKEW PKEW PKEW bassist Emmett O’Reilly admits with a laugh. If there’s a word to describe the emerging Toronto punks, it’s open. Whether that’s on stage hammering out songs about being too broke to get drunk, or in a coffee shop interview speaking candidly on how they afford to pay rent, PKEW PKEW PKEW aren’t exactly keeping any secrets.