So Gilpin petitioned SM Entertainment, one of the biggest labels in K-pop, to take a stand for Black Lives Matter online with the hashtag #SMBLACKOUT.
“I felt like with [the] Black Lives Matter movement, it was time for them to step up and say something.
As a result, the genre’s few Black artists have also grown more vocal.
About a week after Floyd’s death, Reid joined other Black K-pop YouTube stars for a Black Lives Matter fundraiser, raising over $5,000 in a couple of hours.
Korean musicians eventually started learning American pop music to entertain U.S. service people.