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September 29, 2018

We Almost Cried Watching BTS Address the U.N. — Why You Will, Too

When RM spoke on behalf of BTS in front of the 193 member country representatives at the UN General Assembly this week, needless to say, it was history in the making. But even more impressive was how inspiring and personal and moving the speech was, calling for self-love, acceptance, and speaking your truth, something we desperately need in the world right now. BTS’s speech was amazing — but the response from fans around the world, the BTS ARMY, was even more inspiring.


 

The phenomenon that is BTS continues unabated. The seven-member K-pop boy band landed in New York this week, getting ready for their big history-making stadium concert. They’ll be performing at a sold-out show in front of 40,000 people at Citi Field in New York City next week, the largest U.S. concert ever by a Korean artist, according to Billboard. But before the concert, BTS made the usual rounds: Good Morning AmericaThe Tonight Show, even Soho for a little shopping.

 

 

 

 

Oh, and they squeezed in another bit of history-making: the first K-pop group ever to address the United Nations General Assembly.

 

BTS UN speech
BTS with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

 

They spoke as a part of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited campaign dedicated “to ensure every young person is in education, training or employment by 2030.” And the speech that Kim Nam-joon, better known as RM, so eloquently and movingly gave at the U.N. spoke to BTS’s message of #speakyourself: “I want to hear your voice,” he said. “No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, gender identity: Speak yourself.”

 

When asked by Jimmy Fallon, RM explained what #speakyourself was all about: “Speaking yourself instead of letting other people speak for you. Because to truly know ourselves, it’s important to firstly know who I am and where I’m from, what my name is and what my voice is.”

 

Watch his entire speech here (and wait for the adorable photo op at the end):

 

 

 

RM’s impassioned and personal speech, in which he referenced his insecurities and fears, inspired a slew of #speakyourself tweets, where everyone from teens to moms, from everywhere from Pakistan to Italy, shared, revealed, owned, and inspired. Here, just some of the ARMY and their response to the call of #speakyourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a member of the ARMY? Were you inspired by the BTS UN speech and their message of #speakyourself? Share your story below!

 

 

COMMENTS 3

xomarthamarie

Honestly I was surprised to learn that they would be speaking at the UN, but that speech was so inspiring and RM delivered it so eloquently. I hope I can help the world in some way like these guys have helped the ARMY.

minni

At first I just wanted to find out what their secret for amazing skin was, then I found out that they were a group of amazing inspiring individuals.

annapark

I was really surprised when I first found out that their fans love them for their message as much as, if not more than, their music, dancing, adorable faces, cute personalities, etc. etc. It's really beautiful and I love that they're inspiring people around the world to be more accepting and open-minded. For that, consider me a part of the ARMY!

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