Lilly Singh's BTS Joke In Her UN Speech Has Angered Fans
25 September 2018, 12:08 | Updated: 25 September 2018, 15:06
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.
Bts: Gives inspirational speech about staying true to ones identity and striving to love yourself— ₛᵤzₐₙ (@intro_suz) September 24, 2018
Superwoman: gIrLs lOvE ThEm cOs tHeY'Re pReTtY https://t.co/izZ6kunce1
No offense to SuperWoman but if girls were at home crying it was not the result of crazy fangirling. We’re human too and we felt every single thing Namjoon said in his speech, from human to human— lindsay (@gcfshobi) September 24, 2018
superwoman's comment on BTS is kinda off and inappropriate because she just reduced namjoon's speech into something that was addressed to 'millions of girls' when a whole kim namjoon just spoke about 'gender idenities' and 'skin color' which goes beyond just our fandom's sphere.— ʟɪʟ ᴍᴇᴏᴡ ᴍᴇᴏᴡ ·*¯°·.·* .·°* (@bttmyg) September 24, 2018
makes me upset that even after namjoon just gave a speech on the youth and accaptance of oneself in front of world leaders, n millions watching around the world n “superwoman” had the AUDACITY to reduce it to something little n say “millions of girls are screaming at home rn”— thi (@jeonsnchu) September 24, 2018
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."
Superwoman’s UN speech was so dead ass brilliant, this woman was born for the stage, I love how she inspires people by just being herself, she’s so beautiful and such an inspiration to brown women I love her.— tanvi (@jupiterandjoon) September 24, 2018
People just really need to stop attacking superwoman like wtf it’s a good cause that she’s promoting, please try to actually get that she’s trying to deliver this to a wide audience.— Mary (@wowieBatman) September 25, 2018
the way y’all attacking superwoman as if she told bts their speech was literal garbage or smthing dhsjdj ???— ً (@parkjimins) September 24, 2018