BTS国連ユニセフでのスピーチ全文と動画:「Love Yourself」自分を愛して!

2018年9月24日、国連のユニセフの会合「Generation Unlimited」で韓国のアーティストグループBTS(防弾少年団)がスピーチを行いました。昨年から韓国ユニセフ協会とパートナーシップをむすび、世界中の子供や若者に対する暴力を終わらせることを目的とした「Love Myself」キャンペーンを展開しています。

この「Generation Unlimited」は2030年までに世界中の若者に質の高い教育や訓練、雇用機会を与え若者に対する投資を増やすことを目的とすもので、今後BTSが親善大使となる可能性を示唆しています。

今回のスピーチではアルバムの「Love Yourself」にかけて“ありのままの自分自身をまず愛すること”の大切さを訴えました。以下はBTSリーダーのRMことキム・ナムジュン氏がBTSを代表して行ったスピーチです。


BTSユニセフでのスピーチ フル動画



Thank you Mr. Secretary General, UNICEF executive director, and all the excellencies, and distinguished guests from across the world.

My name is Kim Namjoon, also known as RM, the leader of the group BTS. It is an incredible honour to be invited to an occasion with such significance for today’s young generation. Last November, BTS launched the Love Myself campaign with UNICEF building in our belief that true love begins with first loving myself. We’ve been partnering with UNICEF’s end violence program to protect children and young people all over the world from violence. And our fans have become a major part of this campaign with their action and with their enthusiasm. We truly have the best fans in the world.

And I’d like to begin by talking about myself. I was born in Ilsan, a city near Seoul, South Korea. It is a really beautiful place with the lake, hills, and even an annual flower festival. I spent a very happy childhood there, and I was just an ordinary boy.

I used to look up at the night sky and wonder, and I used to dream the dreams of a boy. I used to imagine that I was a superhero who could save the world. And in an intro to one of our early albums, there is a line that says ‘My heart stopped when I was maybe nine or ten.’ 

Looking back, I think that’s when I began to worry about what other people thought of me, and started seeing myself through their eyes. I stopped looking up at the night sky, the stars; I stopped daydreaming, instead, I just tried to just jam myself into moulds that other people made. Soon, I began started to shut out my own voice and started to listen to the voices of others.

No-one called out my name, and neither did I. My heart stopped and my eyes closed shut. So, like this, I, we, all lost our names. We became like ghosts. But I had one sanctuary, and that was music.

There was a small voice inside of me that said, ‘Wake up man, and listen to yourself’. But it took me quite a long time to hear music calling my real name. Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were a lot of hurdles. Some people might not believe, but most people thought we were hopeless. And sometimes, I just wanted to quit. But I think I was very lucky that I didn’t give it all up. And I’m sure that I, and we, will keep stumbling and falling like this.

BTS has become artists performing in those huge stadiums and selling millions of albums right now, but I am still an ordinary 24 year old guy. If there’s anything that I’ve achieved, it was only possible that I have my other BTS members right by my side, and because of the love and support that our ARMY fans made all over the world for us.

And maybe I made a mistake yesterday. But yesterday’s me is still me. Today, I am who I am with all of my faults and my mistakes. Tomorrow, I might be a tiny bit wiser and that’ll be me too. These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. I have come to love myself for who I am, for who I was, and for who I hope to become.

I would like to say the one last thing. After releasing our Love Yourself albums, and launching the LOVE MYSELF campaign, we started to hear remarkable stories from our fans all over the world how our message helped them overcome the hardships in life and start loving themselves. Those stories constantly remind us of our responsibility. So let’s take all one more step.

We have learned to love ourselves so now I urge you to speak yourself. I’d like to ask all of you. What is your name? What excites you and makes your heartbeat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you from, your skin colour, your gender identity – just speak yourself. Find your name, find your voice by speaking yourself.

I’m Kim Namjoon, and also RM of BTS. I’m an idol and I’m an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people, I’ve made many and plenty of mistakes in my life. I have many faults, and I have many more fears, but I’m going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I’m starting to love myself gradually, just little by little.

What is your name? Speak yourself.

Thank you very much.

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