Appearing before the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Kim Nam Jun, the band's leader and spokesperson, took to the mic to deliver a speech on self-acceptance that had people in tears around the world. Namjoon said in part:
I had one sanctuary, and that was music. There was a small voice in me that said, 'Wake up, man, and listen to yourself.' But it took me a long time to hear music calling my name.
Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice, and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin color, gender identity: speak yourself. I have many faults and I have many fears, but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I'm starting to love myself, little by little.
The group has over 13 million Instagram followers and recently beat Taylor Swift's record for largest music video release when their song Idol garnered 45 million views in one day.
"No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity – just speak yourself.” We’ll be… https://t.co/Qdpu6wGlto— Entertainment Tonight (@Entertainment Tonight) 1537814287.0
“This is a history making moment. A K-pop band at the United Nations General Assembly”: ABC's @dianermacedo and spe… https://t.co/ymzTk71PRm— ABC News Live (@ABC News Live) 1537808670.0
Young people are feeling inspired.
@TheTylt You called him Namjoon, I really hope people hear his voice and remember his name https://t.co/nDz9KXPZyv— X Æ A 12 (@X Æ A 12) 1537813585.0
@TheTylt @greysarcasm I’ve been sweating from my eyes an awful lot since that speech and it won’t stop— ⁷ (@⁷) 1537820619.0
@TheTylt @heartkiIler Same 😭💜 https://t.co/L2gSgBTOAh— 💜Yamiiᵇᵗˢ⟭⟬ ⁷💜 🧈 (@💜Yamiiᵇᵗˢ⟭⟬ ⁷💜 🧈) 1537813407.0
@TheTylt I Carry No Shame... https://t.co/h24rPJGK8J— This Too Shall Pass #StaySafe #StayStrong (@This Too Shall Pass #StaySafe #StayStrong) 1537823720.0
@TheTylt So beautiful https://t.co/MpcjFqC8oW— ᴮᴱstef ⁷ (@ᴮᴱstef ⁷) 1537891735.0
We haven't seen this kind of global reaction since these guys took the world by storm.
Motivated af 😆😆 #unga #Namjoon https://t.co/ywk2NSgmW0— Dash 🧈🏴#hartaldoktorkontrak (@Dash 🧈🏴#hartaldoktorkontrak) 1537885502.0
#Namjoon #BTSxUnitedNations #SpeakYourself I'm so proud of all you boys oh my gosh- Namjoon thank you so much for… https://t.co/jPWUXFhxyD— sae⁷ is saving for tohma and gorou (@sae⁷ is saving for tohma and gorou) 1537880053.0
quick doodle because im really grateful for today´s speech i may or may have not cried the first 4 times i watched… https://t.co/wH6hV3oDnA— 🌙 ᴇʟʟᴀ 🌙 no QRT pls (@🌙 ᴇʟʟᴀ 🌙 no QRT pls) 1537857324.0
@THETonyMorrison @BTS_twt @UN NAMJOON FOR PRESIDENT PLEASE!!! https://t.co/ZD5vTWDHGi— yuuji (@yuuji) 1537807916.0
And it's not just youngsters; older people appreciate the message too.
@THETonyMorrison @dailyunnie @BTS_twt @UN He delivers the message so beautifuly. Acceptance of yourself will lead y… https://t.co/1GRx1oMp6P— Anette⁷ 💜BTS 💜 My Universe (@Anette⁷ 💜BTS 💜 My Universe) 1537807913.0
@THETonyMorrison @USBTSARMY @BTS_twt @UN Beautiful speech,I'm not part of this younger generation but my kids are s… https://t.co/rhyWfxFREY— Jimin (@Jimin) 1537808148.0
@bts_bighit @UN What an inspired young man! What a deep feelings! Hope my children will listen. I'm "old" but I lis… https://t.co/5qZeluOifi— Lalalla - 라랄라 (@Lalalla - 라랄라) 1537861889.0
@THETonyMorrison @BTS_twt @UN I teared up, for my past self and my aging self, for my own children whom I daily tel… https://t.co/gZGXiIG3Yz— Betsy Cherry (@Betsy Cherry) 1537807721.0
You can watch the full speech below.
We hope to hear much more from this group in the future!