9:17 pm - 09/24/2018

BTS speaks at the 73rd @UN General Assembly in NYC




source: GMA
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the3rdjester 25th-Sep-2018 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, sorry, pretty words, but BTS lost their validity as 'woke kings', the moment they decided to collaborate with pos. I wish I could be happy by Namjoon's words, but honestly, they feel empty when BTS don't practice what they preach.
belintuchiha 25th-Sep-2018 04:49 am (UTC)
Gotta practice what you preach, bro otherwise it's just empty words again and again.
shawarmafordays 25th-Sep-2018 05:24 am (UTC)
This is such a lovely speech, I'm so happy that he managed to deliver it with such confidence given that its a second language for him. I'm glad that this happened to them honestly, I know they have had their share of problematic shit, but they have grown. I just hope that moving forward the become more aware of the kind of power they have and how their actions reflect on them.

A part of me is kind of annoyed that a lot of ONTD and Omona comments have downplayed this but this is really huge cultural shift. I hope that they don't disappoint us.
idlewilds3 25th-Sep-2018 06:17 am (UTC)
But they just did a collaboration with Nicki Minaj who defended her rapist brother after he was caught raping his stepdaughter. And he raped the little girl for multiple years starting from when she was 11 so am not sure how much they or their company have grown. I also side eyed the fuck out of UNICEF for asking them to be ambassadors when their degree of separation from a child rapist is not that many. So I don't think it's entirely unfair that ppl don't believe or being critical of these pretty words.
paoktsou 25th-Sep-2018 07:08 am (UTC)
I'm amazed with how he uses his words, it's amazing, it's poetic!!!!


Can Tsipras Greek PM take some lessons??

Edited at 2018-09-25 07:09 am (UTC)
daceymormont 25th-Sep-2018 07:23 am (UTC)
Well I hope their actions reflect their words from now on.
audiograms 25th-Sep-2018 10:06 am (UTC)
As a Black nb les army I dunno how to feel tbh
broadcities 25th-Sep-2018 01:39 pm (UTC)
a lovely, poetic speech, delivered very well! i think it's very impressive how namjoon expressed himself so clearly, he must have been very nervous to speak at a big event like this. i like how he also touched upon the mistakes he's made and the mistakes he (or bts for that matter) will make in the future.

i do agree with the criticism that bts is not always following their own words - it's a critique that should be mentioned here and expressed to bts/bighit. i hope they'll take that criticism seriously.

also, with regard to 'speaking yourself': maybe it's because i haven't been following them as closely as i used to, but is it true that the last few albums have been lighter on social critique in their lyrics? although the theme of loving yourself is important and speaks to a lot of people, it's at the same time such a safe and unpolitical message in the way it's expressed to their recent songs.
pourtant 25th-Sep-2018 06:24 pm (UTC)
idk, they have a lot of... socially conscious, personal and relatable songs but as far as actual "social critique" it's pretty much one song per era imo. hyyh had baepsae, wings had am i wrong, love yourself had go go... i don't even think dark & wild had one
broadcities 26th-Sep-2018 07:40 am (UTC)
ah thanks for putting this into perspective! socially conscious vs. social critique makes sense. tbh i never even saw go go as a critique but i haven't read the lyrics i think
rainstormraider 25th-Sep-2018 01:53 pm (UTC)
This was a lovely speech.
That’s it. No qualifiers other than that the sentiment behind the Love Yourself movement is very well thought out.

If I had a complaint it would be that including Nicki Minaj was not a good idea. Otherwise carry on and learn from your past mistakes. A good apology goes a long way.
jackieee94 25th-Sep-2018 04:22 pm (UTC)
I was able to catch his speech as soon as I went on break at work. I needed to hear that tbh. His speech was beautiful and very touching. I’m glad they were able to partake in this event. I do hope they learned something out of this, and take their words into actions.
pourtant 25th-Sep-2018 06:40 pm (UTC)
this speech made me seriously think about my life choices which is something i actively avoid so... damn, well played, kim namjoon.
yxerin 25th-Sep-2018 09:43 pm (UTC)
he did well. i wish they could bring up the child exploitation going on in their own industry though, considering the fact that their charity work focuses on youth issues. it's a thing i've been thinking abt recently in regards to this project
nekobot 26th-Sep-2018 12:26 am (UTC)
There's something really sad about the fact that most of them were still teens when they debuted and might have been victims of exploitation or inappropriate behaviour at some point themselves too, but like other idols they could never speak about it while they're still under contract as it would reflect badly on their company. It would be cool if they took the Seohyun route and actually made certain issues part of their post-idol careers.
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