Lilly Singh's BTS Joke In Her UN Speech Has Angered Fans

25 September 2018, 12:08 | Updated: 25 September 2018, 15:06

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Music group BTS accepts the Top Social Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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By Chandni Sembhi

Lilly Singh's comments about BTS have completely divided the internet. Did she take it too far this time?

Lilly Singh and BTS spoke at a United Nations conference yesterday as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and some fans have said that Lilly went too far with her jokes.

Lilly and BTS were at the conference to promote a campaign to ensure every young person is in education, training or employment by 2030. BTS' speech, delivered by RM, focused on how important it is for youths to find themselves in a competitive industry which forces people into moulds. RM said he wants to hear the voice of the youth, no matter where they're from, who they are, or what they identify as, encouraging people to find their names and their voices.

Lilly then followed their speech, saying "shoutout to BTS. Millions of girls are at home crying", seemingly reducing BTS fans to crying fangirls. People were not here for it.

As well as making fun of BTS fans, her speech was also littered with awkward jokes (skip to 1.15 when she laughs at her own joke).

But some fans have seen past this, and are coming to her defence by pointing out the more positive elements of her speech. She did also say that young people are the future, emphasising how they have the power to change the lives but can only do so with resources like education and technology. "Young people make up 25% of the world's population, but 100% of the future."

Watch both speeches below, and let us know what you think.