#BTSdontGo to Saudi Arabia!

The 7-member South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is one of the hottest musical performance acts on the planet right now, topping US and world charts and becoming the first group since The Beatles to earn three number one albums in less than a year. BTS lyrics address social issues like mental health, loss, self-love, and the troubles of school-age youth. Given all their attention to youth empowerment, we can only assume they don’t know about the situation of Yemeni children, who are literally dying of starvation as a result of Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign. Help us send a message now to the BTS asking them to cancel their October 2019 performance in Saudi Arabia.


Dear BTS,

As you might have heard, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj just canceled her performance at the Jeddah festival in Saudi Arabia after learning about the terrible human rights abuses there. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” she said. We are asking you to please follow Nicki’s example by canceling your upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia.

Your positive message calling on people to love themselves and to speak out could easily land you in prison in Saudi Arabia--and get your beheaded. A young Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was speaking for himself by calling for a more open, liberal society, has been languishing in prison on a 10-year sentence. The Saudi regime just beheaded 37 people, including three young men arrested as juveniles for taking part in peaceful protests.

Saudi Arabia does not allow LBGTQ+ individuals to be who they are — just three months ago Saudi Arabia executed five men for the “crime” homosexuality after exacting confessions from them through torture.

Thousands of children in neighboring Yemen are dying because of Saudi bombs and the consequences of war. Since 2015 Saudi Arabia has been waging a war on Yemen so brutal that some 85,000 children under the age of five have died of hunger and more continue to perish every day. According to the UN, every 10 minutes a Yemeni child dies from war and hunger.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has still not been held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose dead body was chopped up with a bone saw.

Though Saudi women have recently seen a small increase basic rights, the very women who campaigned for the right to drive in Saudi Arabia have been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured -- electroshock, beatings, sexual harassment and waterboarding. Under the oppressive male guardianship system, women in Saudi Arabia need permission from a male to travel, study, obtain a passport, marry, and engage in other life events.

We hope you will follow Nicki’s lead and cancel your show for the sake of Yemeni children, the LGBTQ community, Saudi women, journalists, and anyone seeking to love themselves and speak for themselves.

Sincerely,

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  • Lili Brownsom
    signed via 2019-09-15 05:45:43 -0400
  • Catarina Santos
    signed 2019-09-13 14:46:43 -0400
  • Mimi Roy
    signed 2019-09-12 11:45:11 -0400
  • Valentina Jara
    signed 2019-09-11 20:24:46 -0400
  • Mina Bern
    signed 2019-09-11 12:51:48 -0400
    BTS does not deserve to be associated with a regime that continuously oppresses their own people, goes against human rights, and murders and incarcerates those who speak against it. This goes completely against the message they have sent as UN ambassadors. Please, think of the consequences to their image and how the media will call them hypocrites just to create noise for clicks.
  • Sam Khan
    signed via 2019-09-11 01:49:55 -0400
  • Moran Song
    signed via 2019-09-10 23:43:47 -0400
  • Summer E.
    signed 2019-09-10 21:08:54 -0400
    I cannot stress this enough, but playing in a concert that will funnel money into a terrorist regime is not going to empower MENA-ARMYs. It’s just going to put money into the pockets of a terrorist regime. I earnestly hope BigHit reconsiders having them perform there.
  • Kelly Van Houten-King
    signed 2019-09-10 15:40:54 -0400
    Dear BigHit,

    This concert represents the oppression and cruelty that BTS has purported to be against. How can BTS put money into the pockets of the Saud family? That money is used to continue bombing Yemen and to keep political prisoners in jail, where they are tortured. In Saudi Arabia, the punishment for being LGBTQ is severe, and if the “offense” of being gay is combined with another crime, the penalty can be death. Death!! For being gay!! These people are not allowed to speak themselves. If you play this concert, you will be supporting the royal family. It would be a travesty. How can you donate money to support Yemenis on one hand and put money into Saudi pockets on the other? Please reconsider.
  • Marta Kalinic
    signed 2019-09-10 12:14:33 -0400
  • J L
    signed 2019-09-10 07:18:08 -0400
  • Claudia Barbetti
    signed 2019-09-10 03:40:02 -0400
  • Evanjelina Miller
    signed 2019-09-10 03:23:46 -0400
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  • Francoise Blanchard
    signed via 2019-09-09 19:11:44 -0400
  • Lin Luan
    signed via 2019-09-09 18:39:09 -0400
  • rachel crabtree
    signed 2019-09-09 17:09:46 -0400
  • marwa abd
    signed 2019-09-09 16:59:59 -0400
  • Akshara Vasavada
    signed 2019-09-09 16:03:48 -0400
    Please don’t go.
  • Sid Writes
    signed via 2019-09-09 15:53:00 -0400
  • Laura MacBrayne
    signed via 2019-09-09 14:02:01 -0400
  • Camille Trotignon
    signed 2019-09-09 11:46:06 -0400
  • fabiana paresce
    signed 2019-09-09 08:50:48 -0400
  • Madeleine Lochore
    signed via 2019-09-09 08:49:16 -0400
    Don’t make a mockery of BTS global campaign to end violence, much of this campaigns funds were used to help the children of Yemin who are in direct conflict with Saudi Arabia. BTS are not political pawns to be used for trade deals between South Korea and Saudi Arabia!

    BTS deserve more thank this!
  • 🖇FSD 🌵🌸red sun
    @aguamenting tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-09 07:52:36 -0400
    #BTSdontGo to Saudi Arabia.사우디 아라비아 에서는 자신을 사랑하고 자신 표현을 자유롭게 얘기하면 감옥에 갈수도 있고 목을 베일수도 있습니다. 사우디 아라비아 공연을 취소 하여 주십시오. https://www.codepink.org/bts?recruiter_id=867705
  • Mathilde Joubaud
    signed 2019-09-09 07:52:24 -0400
  • Rachel R.
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  • Amelie
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  • Inès Langlet
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