John Cena gets passionate about his faves BTS and ARMY: ‘They’re not just geeked out fans’

John Cena has been getting passionate about his Billboard chart-topping faves BTS once more as he praised them for the message they send to young people. The actor said that not only is he a fan of the South Korean group’s ‘sick ass’ rappers – RM, Suga and J-Hope, he admires how the seven members are ‘changing the world’.

Appearing on The Tonight Show – which will be airing performances from the IDOL singers every day for a week – he told Jimmy Fallon: ‘I love what this band has done. They’re this massively popular thing and they’ve been so globally popular for so long.

I was like, “Okay I should probably know about this”. ‘So when I started to look at BTS, I listened to their music, and I was immediately drawn because there are rappers in that crew and they use – on some of their intro tracks and bookend tracks, they use some sick ass boom-bap beats and they actually rap. And I was like, this is great. ‘I got interested in their music, and then I got interested in what the music stood for.

They advocate self-love, they advocate don’t be afraid of failure, they advocate that you are enough, they are trying to shatter all the stereotypical difficulties and uncomfortable situations that we go through. And they’re catering to an audience that is living that, young people. ‘That’s why they’re so popular around the world, one – they’re great performers, but the message they send resonates with the people.’

He also turned to BTS’ charitable efforts and how they encourage their global fanbase – called Army – to donate to causes – the most recent being Black Lives Matter earlier this year. ‘BTS donated a million bucks to Black Lives Matter and Army was like, if they can do it, we can do it. Fans who are already coming out of their pocket to support artists came out of their pocket more for charity. And it’s not the first time that they’ve done this.

‘This BTS Army charity gives a bunch to philanthropic causes. So as an artist, as a performer, hell man we have fun. We do good stuff. But if we can resonate through the television to you at home, to come out of your pocket to give to a cause – that’s work and that’s purpose. That’s changing the world.’ The former wrestler continued: ‘That is impressive. I don’t care how you feel about them, how they conduct themselves as human beings and the message they send to the world, that’s something special.’ The K-Pop group are coming back in November with their new album BE (Deluxe Edition), which comes off the back of the release of English-language single Dynamite.

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