Fans of the popular South Korean boy band BTS matched its $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter in support of U.S. protests against George Floyd’s brutal killing.
According to the details, the K-pop group BTS had donated $1 million to BLM in early June.
The seven-member BTS wrote on its Twitter account that they are against racism and violence with the hashtag BlackLivesMatter.
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”
The hashtag went viral among the group’s fans and started another wave of donations with the hashtag MatchAMillion.
The movement encouraged BTS’ fan base, known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth, to match the group’s $1 million donation.
One In An ARMY (OIAA), a group that runs donation campaigns in the name of the BTS fan base, in a statement said the live donation total surpassed $817,000 within 24 hours after BTS’ donation was reported.
“We’re so proud that ARMY have once again channeled their power for good and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-black racism,” OIAA said.
“We stand in solidarity with black ARMY. They’re an important part of our family. And we stand with black people everywhere. Your voices deserve to be heard.”
The campaign had raised $1,007,518 as of Monday and will continue indefinitely, the organizers said.
Since @BTS_twt have donated one million dollars to #BlackLivesMatter, you all have begun the #MatchaMillion project. Many of you have been asking for updates, and we can share the current total from the #BTSARMY carrd: https://t.co/Ry3Vy1rQEb pic.twitter.com/FJpYEkMggc
— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜 (@OneInAnARMY) June 7, 2020
Now, they’ve even got John Cena, the American professional wrestler to join the cause.
John Cena contributes in Match A Million movement:
John Cena, in his Tweet revealed that he has contributed to BTS Army’s Match A Million movement for Black Lives Matter.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 8, 2020