BTS fans have matched the band's $1 million (£789k) donation to Black Lives Matter in just a day. Last week, the K-pop group expressed their solidarity with the movement on Twitter, writing: "We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter."
Variety later reported that the group and their agency Big Hit Entertainment had donated $1 million to the movement. As soon as the BTS ARMY caught word of it, a group of fans had organised the #MatchAMillion initiative to match the group’s donation.
According to Variety, the collection hit $1,026,531 with 35,609 donors within 24 hours.
"We’ve run big projects before but the amount of support for this project is overwhelming," the fans behind the initiative ~One In An Army~ said in a statement.
우리는 인종차별에 반대합니다.— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) June 4, 2020
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
"We truly didn’t know whether the goal would be reached. We’re so proud that ARMY have once again chanelled their power for good, and are making a real impact in the fight against anti-black racism."
The statement continued: "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."
ARMY— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜 (@OneInAnARMY) June 8, 2020
It's really amazing to see so many of you coming together to support #BlackLivesMatter. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared, used the hastag and helped by any means to make this possible! pic.twitter.com/FqUNfsWsIz
They also said they have no plans to stop the initiative, saying it now has a permanent page on their website.
Find out how you can show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement here.
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