BTS Urges Youth At UN General Assembly: "Speak Yourself"
Karen Jane Ng
As longtime supporters of UNICEF, BTS attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly to launch the new initiative "Generation Unlimited" - one that strongly aims to get every young person education, training or employment by 2030.
RM, on behalf of the group, delivered a speech in line with the campaign and their recently finished Love Yourself albums series. He began by looking back at how music gave him a voice.
"I used to look up at the night sky and wonder, and I used to dream the dreams of a boy. I used to imagine that I was a super hero who could save the world," he opened. "In an intro to one of our early albums, there’s a line that says, ‘My heart stopped when I was maybe nine or ten.’ Looking back, I think that’s when I began to worry about what other people thought of me, and started seeing myself through their eyes... Soon, I began to shut out my own voice, and started to listen to the voices of others."
"But I had one sensory, and that was music. There was a small voice inside of me that said, ‘Wake up, man, and listen to yourself.’ But it took me a long time to hear music calling my real name," he continued and later thanked his members and fans for all their achievements. "BTS has become artists performing in those huge stadiums and selling millions of albums right now, but I am still an ordinary 24-year-old guy. If there’s anything that I achieved, it was only possible that I have my other BTS members right by my side, and because of the love and support that our ARMY fans all over the world make for us."
"I’d like to say one last thing: After releasing our Love Yourself albums and launching the ‘Love Myself’ campaign, we started to hear remarkable stories from our fans all over the world. How our message helped them overcome their hardships in life and start loving themselves. Those stories constantly remind us of our responsibility."
The BTS leader then urged hs fellow youth to do the same no matter who you are, where you're from, your skin color, your gender identity, just "Speak yourself". "I’m Kim Nam-joon, and also RM of BTS. I am an idol, and I am an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people, I’ve made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many faults, and I have many more fears, but I’m going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I’m starting to love myself gradually, just little by little. What is your name? Speak yourself. Thank you very much."
Preach, Namjoon, preach.
"I want to hear your voice... No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin colour, gender identity: speak yourself.”— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 24, 2018
We 💜 @BTS_twt's inspiring message to young people around the world at the UN General Assembly. #GenUnlimited #UNGA #ENDviolence #Youth2030 pic.twitter.com/kWOoSfLkiq
These boys are, indeed, powerful world idols. We stan forever.