- John Cena praised BTS for advocating socially relevant issues
- He called the K-pop stars great performers who send out messages that resonate with people
- Cena also praised BTS fans for their acts of charity
John Cena has praised K-pop group BTS for “changing the world” and sending positive messages to young people around the globe.
Cena, who was the first in-studio guest of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gushed about BTS’ music as well as the group’s acts of charity and advocacies.
“I got interested in the music then I got interested in what the music stood for,” Cena told Fallon.
“They advocate self-love, they advocate don’t be afraid of failure, they advocate that you are enough, they are trying to shatter all the stereotypical difficulties and uncomfortable situations that we go through,” he explained. “And they’re catering to an audience that is living that, young people.”
The pro wrestler believes this could be one of the key reasons why BTS is successful worldwide. In addition to being great performers, the message Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook send resonates with people, Cena said.
Touching on BTS’ charitable efforts, Cena pointed out to Fallon that the K-pop stars’ contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this year influenced their fans, collectively known as Army, to match their donation.
“BTS donated a million bucks to Black Lives Matter and Army was like, if they can do it, we can do it,” he said. “Fans who are already coming out of their pocket to support artists came out of their pocket more for charity. And it’s not the first time that they’ve done this.”
Every year, BTS fans around the world initiate special charity projects to celebrate the birthdays of the members of the South Korean septet.
These projects included donating toward COVID-19 prevention, raising money for those affected by floods in South Korea and sending women’s hygiene products to underdeveloped areas in China, among others.
Earlier this year, BTS fans donated thousands to children’s charity Magic Breakfast in the U.K. to thank television personality James Corden after the band’s interview on the “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”
Meanwhile, BTS is currently gearing up for the release of its new album “Be” on Nov. 20. This will be the septet’s second album this year. The South Korean act released “Map of the Soul: 7” in February.
The boys are also preparing for an online concert, “BTS Map Of The Soul ON:E,” which will be held on Oct. 10 and 11.