Korean pop artists and international boy band BTS linked up with producer Steve Aoki for their first English-language track “Waste It On Me” earlier this month, but their recently released music video for the song is historic for another reason. Though the boys of BTS do not appear in the video, they enlisted an entirely Asian American cast and crew, and it’s awesome.
Comedic gem Ken Jeong stars in the video as a waiter with a crush on a girl (actress and Steve Aoki’s sister, Devon Aoki) who comes to the nightclub where he works on a date with someone else (13 Reasons Why‘s Ross Butler).
The video was directed by Joe Hahn (best knows as the DJ for Linkin Park) and also stars Jamie Chung, Ben Baller, Leonardo Nam, Vincent Rodriguez, Jimmy Yang, Jessica Lu, Jared Eng, and Tiffany Ma. It was Aoki who insisted the video have an entirely Asian cast, which he further explained in a press release: “It’s bigger than music and we hope to show other Asians they are also a part of the global commercial musical landscape.”
Although we miss the precision choreography and coordinated outfits commonly associated with a BTS video, there is something deeply satisfying about watching Mr. Jeong lip sync to boy band tunes. More of this, please.