K-Pop Fans Drown Out Racists By Co-Opting #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter And Instagram

K-Pop Fans Drown Out Racists By Co-Opting #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter And Instagram
TOPLINE Korean pop fans have reclaimed the #WhiteLivesMatter from racists on both Twitter and Instagram—tagging posts of K-popstars, in a display of global solidarity with those protesting for racial equality in the United States. NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: Jungkook K-pop boy band BTS visits the "Today" show. Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage KEY…

TOPLINE

Korean pop fans have reclaimed the #WhiteLivesMatter from racists on both Twitter and Instagram—tagging posts of K-popstars, in a display of global solidarity with those protesting for racial equality in the United States.

K Pop Band BTS Visits ″Today″ Show

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 21: Jungkook K-pop boy band BTS visits the “Today” show.

Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage

KEY FACTS

The K-pop fans from around the world—a massive force on social media—are acting as allies with Black Lives Matter, by hashtagging #whitelivesmatter on videos, photos and written statuses featuring Korean pop icons on both Twitter and Instagram.

In response, non-K-Pop fans have expressed initial shock at seeing #whitelivesmatter trending, then gratitude upon learning the reason why.

Other hashtags are being overwhelmed with pop music and peaceful content, like the hashtag #bluelivesmatter, which has also been used in opposition to the #blacklivesmatter movement and to emphasize support for police but has been repurposed for appreciation of blue cartoon characters like Blues Clues and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Here are some of the posts: 

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Key Background

White Lives Matter has been a racist movement in response to the Black Lives Matter movement for equal opportunity, civil rights and justice for black Americans. “White Lives Matter” along with “Jews will not replace us” were used as a rally cries in the demonstration by white supremacists and other far-right groups during the 2017 Charlottesville protests over the removal of confederate statues that ended in with a right-wing demonstrator plowing his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing one.

This is not the first move of global solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement—people gathered in Paris, London, Auckland, Copenhagen, Tokyo in the last couple days—to show solidarity with those protesting the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody and advocating for racial equality. 

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