Ok-Pop Group Monsta X Voices Help for Black Lives Matter Motion Throughout Efficiency at TIME100 Talks

Ok-pop group Monsta X supplied assist for social justice and the Black Lives Matter motion at Wednesday’s TIME 100 Talks.

“As U.N. ambassadors for sustainable Goal 16 we stand for peace and justice,” rapper I.M mentioned, referencing one of many United Nation’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals that deal with international challenges from poverty to inequality. “As such now we have supported Black Lives Matter activism, and we consider that it’s time to acknowledge the problem and repair it.”

The message of solidarity was delivered together with the efficiency of two songs—“FLOW” and “Somebody’s Somebody”—on the TIME 100 Talks. The occasion additionally featured former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, tennis star Naomi Osaka, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, AI pioneer Kai-Fu Lee.

The musical act from South Korea, consisting of Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney and I.M, has beforehand proven assist for the Black Lives Matter motion on Twitter. Per week after the killing of George Floyd, Monsta X made a brief however emphatic put up: “We stand collectively for equality, justice and dignity,” the group wrote, adopted by the hashtags #NoRacism, #NoViolence and #BlackLivesMatter.

As protests towards police brutality and systemic racism proceed within the U.S. and world wide, K-pop fans have emerged as a formidable on-line power supporting to Black Lives Matter motion. Their methods ranged from flooding the #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter with Ok-pop memes and fancams to drown out racist messages, to refraining from using K-pop related hashtags round new music releases to keep away from trending forward of #BlackLivesMatter posts.

Throughout the TIME100 Talks on Wednesday, Monsta X additionally acknowledged important staff who’ve been on the entrance traces of combating the coronavirus pandemic. “With this COVID-19 going round a very long time, we really recognize and respect all of the medical staff and associated workers who’re sacrificing themselves throughout this tough interval,” vocalist Kihyun mentioned.

Like most music acts world wide, Monsta X has needed to make vital modifications to their 2020 actions. The group’s U.S. and Canada tour, initially scheduled for June and July, was postponed as social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders remained in place throughout cities. However COVID-19 didn’t cease the six members from releasing new music. On Might 26, Monsta X dropped their mini album FANTASIA X. For TIME 100 Talks the group carried out rapper Joohoney’s self-produced monitor “FLOW.” At an earlier online showcase, the artist mentioned the music compares Monsta X’s way of life as celebrities to the habits of swans.

The group additionally carried out “Somebody’s Somebody,” from their album ALL ABOUT LUV launched in February. ALL ABOUT LUV was not solely Monsta X’s first all-English album, however the first all-English album launched by a Ok-pop group in more than a decade.

The members of Monsta X didn’t finish their time and not using a message to their followers—“Monbebe,” whose title comes from the French time period for “my child.”

“We love you Monbebe, and we pray for peaceable days of affection, justice and well being,” chief Shownu mentioned.

This text is a part of #TIME100Talks: Finding Hope, a particular collection that includes leaders throughout completely different fields encouraging motion towards a greater world. Need extra? Sign up for entry to extra digital occasions, together with stay conversations with influential newsmakers.

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