Ok-pop sensation BTS have been granted diplomatic passports forward of the United Nations Common Meeting as they embark on their new roles as presidential particular envoys, South Korea’s presidential workplace mentioned.
The trailblazing septet have reached world superstardom, with their single “Dynamite” getting into the Billboard Scorching 100 at primary final 12 months, making them the primary South Korean act to high the US chart.
They’re credited with producing billions for the South Korean economic system, and final 12 months their label HYBE made a high-profile inventory market debut.
Now Seoul is trying to capitalise on the tender energy they symbolize, with President Moon Jae-in appointing them as his particular envoys for future generations and tradition.
“It’s a nice honour to obtain this title,” BTS chief RM mentioned at a Blue Home ceremony Tuesday to current them with their red-covered diplomatic passports — peculiar South Korean passports are inexperienced.
Moon informed the members that many overseas leaders he meets break the ice by speaking about them.
Whereas on official enterprise, they’ll get pleasure from privileges reminiscent of diplomatic immunity and exemption from airport inspections. As particular envoys, the group will ship a speech in the course of the Sustainable Improvement Targets Second on Monday, forward of the UN Common Meeting, and a efficiency video will probably be performed.
RM beforehand delivered an English-language speech on self-empowerment entitled “Communicate Your self” to the UNGA in 2018.
Many reacted positively to BTS’ new function, noting their affect on the South’s worldwide standing.
“Due to BTS, the nationwide picture of South Korea has been drastically enhanced,” mentioned a commentator on Daum, the South’s second-largest internet portal. “They’ve carried out extra work than lots of of diplomats mixed.”