Permission to Dance? BTS band members sing their way through United Nations

september 22, 2021

Fully vaccinated South Korean boy band BTS members danced their way through the United Nations in a broadcast on Monday, September 20—promoting global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice, and climate change ahead of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, Reuters reports.

The seven-member group filmed a music video to its song, “’Permission to Dance,” in the world body’s New York headquarters, dancing through the General Assembly hall and out into the gardens. It was broadcast during an event promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

BTS—whose members declared they were all fully vaccinated against COVID-19 —also appeared in person at the event in the General Assembly, introduced by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They are the U.N.’s Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture.

They shared their thoughts and those of young people worldwide on the past two years and the future—expressing their frustration during the pandemic.

“I was saddened to hear that entrance and graduation ceremonies had to be canceled,” said Jeon Jung-Kook, known as Jungkook. “These are moments in life you want to celebrate and missing out on them must have been upsetting. We were heartbroken when our long planned concert tours were canceled.”

They praised the resilience of youth, saying they were not “COVID’s lost generation.”

“I think it’s a stretch to say they’re lost, just because paths they tread can’t be seen by grown-up eyes,” said BTS group leader Kim Nam-Joon, known as RM.

Kim Seok-Jin, known as Jin, added: “Instead of the ‘lost generation’ a more appropriate name would be the ‘welcome generation’ because instead of fearing change, this generation says ‘welcome’ and keeps forging ahead.”

Breaking news: @Reuters

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