BTS member RM, Jin, Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga and V each delivered an inspirational speech for the virtual graduation ceremony, “Class of 2020,” which aired in the US on Sunday, June 7 (June 8 in Asia). However, netizens and various press around the world noticed something special about Jimin and V‘s speeches.
Here’s a transcript of Jimin‘s speech:
“First, congratulations on your graduation. But at the same time, I am worried for everyone. I think about your health and whether you’re doing okay, whether you are holding on tight during a time when nothing seems to go as planned, whether your body and mind are all safe and sound. I hope you are all doing well, but if things are not okay, even in the slightest, we send you our most sincere consolation with all our hearts. Remember there is a person here in Korea, in the city of Seoul, who understands you. We are all in different parts of the world, in different environments and circumstances. But at this moment, I hope we can all give each other a warm pat on the back and say, ‘It’s okay.’”
As reported by AllKpop.com, Jimin’s speech was noticed by several celebrities and news personalities around the world like Louise Queiroga (a Brazillian reporter), Ambika Muttoo (Head of digital contents for Sony Music India), Denny Directo (Host/Senior producer for ETNow), David Yi (Founder/editor for Very Good Light), Ellie Bate (Celebrity reporter/talent coordinator at Buzzfeed UK) and Fatima Farha (Audience Editor for USA Today). Some of them pointed out the sincerity of his speech and how his simple words of comfort easily penetrated the heart of the listeners.
Meanwhile, here’s the transcript of V‘s speech:
“Many of us are at war with reality right now, but I hope we can take bits of this moment with us, in a photograph or a memo to look back to and remember June of 2020, and how it compares with the new today you will be embracing. In all honesty, I wasn’t born with the talents of singing and dancing and wasn’t much of the persevering type either. I began later and was lacking in some aspects, but I soon developed a joy and passion for singing and dancing. This joy motivated my persistent efforts and has led me to where I stand today. If there is anyone out there who cannot see where they should be, from here forth I urge you to listen to your heart.
Things may feel a little difficult right now but somewhere out there, luck and opportunity is waiting for you. I believe that. On that note, I will remember this day. Today may not be my own graduation but I will try to look back upon this day years from now and remember it as a memory to treasure. And I look forward to the day you will stand and tell us your own story.”
V, also known as Kim Taehyung, was praised for the very charismatic delivery of his speech and for using sign language to emphasize the important parts of his message for those who can’t hear.
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