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Music supergroup BTS donated $1 million to ‘Black Lives Matter’. Their fans responded.

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PHOTO: Members of BTS - Jungkook, Jin, V, RM, Jimin, J-Hope and Suga (L-R)

K-Pop fans, and groups, are getting behind the Black Lives Matter issue as a sweep of global attention is now on the US and the protests that are igniting around the country. Protests have erupted in cities around the world as attention is drawn to the plight of African Americans and a history of systemic abuse by police and the judicial system in the US.

Now fans of world supergroup BTS, the world’s biggest music group out of South Korea, have raised and donated $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, matching the donation of the same amount by the group members, within 24 hours. K-Pop is the genre of South Korean pop music, currently the latest ‘thing’ in the music world.

BTS – RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook – have also made statements in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence.”

Last week’s BTS tweet has since been retweeted around 1 million times.

The band’s managers, Big Hit Entertainment, announced yesterday that the company and BTS members had jointly donated $1 million to the ongoing anti-racism movement in the US, triggered by the death in police custody of an unarmed black man, Georg Floyd, as an officer knelt on his neck, whilst being arrested. The four former police officers have now been arrested – on of them on a count of second degree murder.

The announcement of the BTS donation sparked a #MatchAMillion hashtag trending worldwide on Twitter, with fans of BTS, better known as ‘Army’, setting up an online donation project for the cause. A mere 24 hours later they announced they had raised over $1 million from nearly 35,000 donors to the Black Lives Matter cause. None of the organisers of the Tweet-inspired donations are South Korean – most are from Europe or North America.

Last week K-Pop fans flooded the controversial online spoiler #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag, used by those who criticise the anti-racism protesters, by posting videos and images of their favourite singers and trolling the users of the hashtag.

BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, are the first K-Pop group to top charts in the US, Britain and Europe, as well as many Asian countries, with a string of sold-out shows in LA, Paris, New York and London’s Wembley Stadiums. They are the first pop music act to match The Beatles string of 3 Number One albums in the US Billboard Chart in a 12 month period.

“I am from London. My mom had to deal with racism all her life. I’m absolutely proud to tell her the group that I adore supports us and stand with us.”

“BTS stand on the right side of history. I am so proud to be an Army.”

“I am black and adore BTS. Their support means so much to us. We need change urgently and this is our time to be heard.”

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There was the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, Patong’s nightlife was quiet enough, almost non-existent.

Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you.

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Located in the heart of Bangkok City, Thailand. Just a few metres away from the Saphan Khwai BTS station, ‘DUMBO BKK’ offers a fine mixture of jazz, great food and original cocktails. Bringing you back to the urban tenors of the late 1940s – early 1950s, New York. Som, one of our new Thaiger Vloggers sneaks in, and brings us her impressions of the place. Let’s check it out!

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Lights, camera, Covid – Tourism Ministry wants film crews to come to Thailand now

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Without much luck with their ‘cunning ideas’ to draw back a few of the remaining world’s travellers, Thailand’s tourism officials are turning to the film industry to attract some people and investment. The Tourism and Sports Ministry is aiming to generate around 3 billion baht from foreign film crews and is targeting film projects with an investment over 100 million baht.

Foreign tourism revenue drastically dropped 83% in 2020, diving from nearly 40 million tourists in 2019 to only 6.7 million tourists in 2020, the vast majority of those visiting in the first 3 months of the year.

Anant Wongbenjarat, the tourism department’s director-general, says that Thailand welcomed 176 international film productions to the country last year, generating 1.73 billion baht. But this impressive number is a sharp decrease compared to 2019 when 740 foreign film crews generated 4.86 billion baht for the local economy.

Let’s face it, with long stretches of empty beaches and quieter streets, especially in some of the tourist hot spots at the moment, there’s never been a better time for international film crews to shoot their films in the Land of Smiles.

Fast & Furious 9 was shooting in and around the Krabi province during 3 months in 2019. Read about that HERE.

Check out The Thaiger’s pick for the Top 10 foreign films made in Thailand HERE.

Last August, the CCSA granted “special entry” permission for film productions to shoot in Thailand and take advantage of the amazing scenery, generally “under control” Covid situation and the country’s highly skilled film production crews. 53 film production projects were based, and mostly shot, in Thailand between August and December last year, contributing 1.14 billion baht to the economy.

But, you guessed it, all crews and actors entering Thailand still had to undergo the mandatory 14 day quarantine.

“International productions can proceed and generate income for locals despite the tourism slowdown. In the first half of this year, there will be nine more productions expected to come in and help create at least 800 jobs for locals.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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