The Jakarta Post
K-pop group BTS speaks during a meeting focused on youth issues at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 24. (AFP/Mark Garten)
A United Nations speech read by South Korean boy group BTS’ leader RM has reportedly been used for academic purposes in various locations worldwide.
Herald Corporation reported on Monday that the speech was seen in texts and exam questions in classrooms around the world for subjects such as English, international studies and sociology. The countries mentioned were the United States, Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea.
In Vietnam, a high school incorporated RM’s speech into an exam question. In South Korea, a teacher had written a part of the speech on a whiteboard for students to read and instructed them to listen to the whole speech later.
RM delivered the speech in September to launch Generation Unlimited, a youth initiative by the UN designed to tackle the global education crisis, making BTS the first South Korean act to address a UN session.
The speech received a lot of attention due to its inclusive nature and message of self-love.
BTS has been enjoying massive commercial success and is often dubbed as "the biggest boy group in the world". Their songs “Fake Love” and “Idol” charted at #10 and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, highest for any K-pop group. Their album Love Yourself: Answer, released in August, became the first South Korean album in the past 18 years to sell over 2 million copies. (iru/kes)