After it was announced that K-pop group BTS donated US$1mil to the Black Lives Matter movement, the band’s hardcore fans, known as Army, were quick to act.
Army started the #MatchAMillion campaign on Twitter which trended worldwide over the weekend.
On June 8, fan-run charity project One In An Army reported that the fanbase had managed to match BTS’ million-dollar donation. According to an infographic shared by the group, over 30,000 fans had come together to meet their goal of matching their idols’ contribution.
It's really amazing to see so many of you coming together to support #BlackLivesMatter. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared, used the hastag and helped by any means to make this possible! pic.twitter.com/FqUNfsWsIz— One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project (@OneInAnARMY) June 8,2020
“Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1 million dollars to help fund bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality, black-led advocacy orgs fighting against systemic injustice, (and) support for the physical and mental health of the black community, ” wrote One in An Army on Twitter.
In a press release, the fan organisation noted that the Match A Million project received an overwhelming amount of support. One iI An Army also said that they had “no current plans to end the Black Lives Matter fundraiser”, which has been given a permanent page on its website.
“Black Lives Matter isn’t something that has a time limit. It’s a belief everyone needs to carry in their everyday lives, ” said a spokesperson for the organisation.