K-pop group BTS is heading to the White House, intending to visit President Joe Biden to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes and celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month.
Details have not been announced, but the visit by the South Korean pop sensations will take place on Tuesday, the White House said.
“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to addressing the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes and signed into law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in May 2021 to provide law enforcement with resources to identify , investigating and reporting hate crimes, and making information about hate crimes more accessible to the AA and NHPI communities,” the White House said. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’s platform as young ambassadors spreading a message of hope and positivity around the world.”
BTS has teamed up with UNICEF to launch Love Myself, a campaign against violence. They have also performed at the United Nations General Assembly.
The White House has called on pop culture figures to highlight different social issues. Last week, Selena Gomez appeared with First Lady Jill Biden at a mental health awareness event. Paris Hilton visited the White House earlier this month to speak to administration officials about her advocacy for protecting young people in residential programs.