WASHINGTON: South Korean K-pop sensation BTS visited the White House on Tuesday to meet US President Joe Biden and talk about anti-Asian hate crimes.
All seven members of the massively popular boy band were dressed in black suits joined White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the briefing room and discussed racism.
Outside the White House, fans gathered in large numbers to catch of a glimpse of the band members.
Singer Park Ji-min, also known as Jimin, said through a translator that they were "devastated by the recent surge of hate crimes" across the US.
Another member, Suga, asked for tolerance, saying, "It's not wrong to be different. I think equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences."
Anti-Asian sentiment has been on the rise in the US and crimes against Asians have been increasing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
After speaking, the group didn't take any questions and left to meet the President.
"Hate only hides. When good people talk about it and say how bad it is, it goes down," says Biden in a video he shared on Twitter.