What started with local German ARMYs being enraged over a German radio host’s racist commentary towards BTS has quickly grown into a global conversation about anti-Asian discrimination.
While both radio station BAYERN 3 and radio host Matthias Matuschik have issued a statement of apology, their words and lacklustre response were not enough. There has been an outpouring of support and solidarity from K-Pop fans and non-fans alike, raising more awareness to the specific situation and racism in general.
A German radio presenter equating the South Korean band BTS with Covid-19, a virus which has killed 2.5M+ & devastated the lives of hundreds of millions, reflects the *age-old* anti-Asian sentiment called “yellow peril.” Anti-Asian racism is a global, historic & systemic issue.
— Min Jin Lee (@minjinlee11) February 26, 2021
Now, Western artists have caught wind of the situation and are speaking out and showing their support for BTS and the Asian community.
BTS is one of the hardest working and most humble groups in the industry. They deserve all the success they’ve earned. Hearing such hateful words used against them by the radio host at Bayern 3 made me sick. The hate to them and the Asian community as a whole is unacceptable
— MAX (@MAXMusic) February 26, 2021
standing by my @bts_bighit brothers and everyone continuously effected by racist remarks as hurtful as what we heard on Bayern 3. no one should have to endure this and together we must stand up and stop it
— lauv (@lauvsongs) February 26, 2021
Both MAX and Lauv spoke out on Twitter, while Halsey, who has a close friendship with BTS, spoke her mind on her Instagram Story.
Netizens are enraged with the insincerity of BAYERN 3 and Matthias’s statements, and continue to call them out for their inexcusable actions. Meanwhile, the combined voices of people around the globe asking for a better apology and more respect is growing ever louder.
Love and protect @BTS_twt 💜
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) February 26, 2021