BTS Jimin received another acknowledgement from the World Health Organization (WHO), the latest one from Dr. Takeshi Kasai, Regional Director of WHO Western Pacific.
On September 24, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, posted a message for Jimin on his official Twitter account and said: “Thank you BTS Jimin for your empathy and encouragement for health professionals who are working so hard to keep people healthy across the Region. We need everyone, from all parts of society, to come together to fight COVID19.”
Jimin is known for his kindness and sincerity which can be felt through his words. He uses his platform to spread nothing but positivity, courage and hope during these trying times.
On September 3, during BTS’s Global Media Day in celebration of the group’s first number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Jimin delivered a statement about the current difficult situation due to COVID-19. Jimin believed that it would take us more time and energy to fight it and success would be easier if we all work together. Jimin offered healing and comforting words and their music to the hardworking health workers and those who are suffering from COVID19. As such, he received a commendation from the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus through his official Twitter.
Prior to this, Jimin was lauded by WHO Social Media Head Ms. Sari Setiogi Griberg on August 29, after a photo of Jimin wearing a mask during their dance rehearsal for MTV VMAs was shared on BTS’s InstaStory. Since, then Ms. Griberg has shown continuous appreciation for Jimin’s contribution to fight against COVID through his speeches, interviews and music.
In order to see further the huge influence that Jimin makes, WHO Social Media Team used Jimin’s solo song “Filter” as background music on WHO COVID19 prevention promotional video posted on Tiktok on September 5. It further confirmed the unparalleled global music power and huge impact of Jimin's solo songs.
According to Dr. Michael Ryan of WHO, there are three things that haunt frontline health workers dealing with COVID19. First, is to stand there and watch people die because they cannot help them. Second, to see a fellow worker or a friend get infected. Third, there is a chance that they could take the disease home to their families. Knowing these facts, would make us appreciate the contributions and sacrifice that these health personnel made and help us realize that we should support and thank them all.
Jimin has been honest that this pandemic brought difficult times to him as an artist. Yet, he remained positive and full of hope that one day this pandemic will come to an end.