BTS Delivers Speech at United Nations

Bangtan Boys (BTS) gave a speech at the United Nations General Assembly about their “Love Yourself” campaign on September 24. Their campaign partnered with UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) to end violence against children and teenagers.

The leader of the group, Kim Namjoon, delivered the speech, which began with his struggle to find his true passion and identity while he was growing up in Korea.

“I would look up at the night sky in wonder and dream the dreams of a boy,” Kim said in his speech. “I used to imagine that I was a superhero, saving the world.”

He even spoke out about BTS’ struggle at the beginning of their debut.

“Most people thought we were hopeless,” Kim said at the United Nations. “Sometimes, I just wanted to quit.”

He then went onto to say that by not giving up on BTS, they are now a worldwide sensation with many people supporting them.

“I think I was very lucky that I didn’t give it all up and, I’m sure that I and we will keep stumbling and falling like this,” Kim said his speech. “BTS has become artists performing in those huge stadiums, and we’re selling millions of albums right now.”

Near the end of his speech, he declared that he wants to hear people’s story and how BTS has inspired them.

“Tell me your story,” Kim said in his speech. “I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction – no matter who you are or where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.”