Korean Pop legends BTS collaborated with producer and artist Steve Aoki to release their first English language single, “Waste It On me.” If that wasn’t enough to sate your thirst for Asian American stars, however, the official music video launched this week and was filled to the brim with Asian talent.
The video follows the misadventures of a waiter played by comedian and actor Ken Jeong as he dreams of winning over a starlet played by Devin Aoki. Unfortunately, she’s already seeing a handsome fellow (Ross Butler). Tensions quickly ensue, and a dance battle is had, but before the night is over, our hero appears to win over at least one beautiful love interest (Jamie Chung).
The supporting cast also features a great wealth of Asian American celebrities, including Leonardo Nam, Vincent Rodriguez III, Jimmy O. Yang, Jessica Lu, Jared Eng and Tiffany Ma.
Nam played conflicted body shop technician Felix in HBO’s Westworld, Rodriguez played the primary love object in musical comedy series Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Yang has a major role as quirky app developer Jian Yang on Silicon Valley. Lu gained fame for her role on MTV’s Awkward, Eng is a blogger and the founder of the site JustJared, and Ma is a famous lifestyle and fashion blogger. While BTS does not feature in the official music video, they posted an excited statement about the single, declaring:
We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration,The song is just so amazing, we really enjoyed working on it. It’s our first song that is entirely in English. It was refreshing and fun to record the song. We hope this would be a good present for our fans.
It’s wonderful to see so many Asian American performers getting share the spotlight and feel the love.