BTS accused of ‘mocking the past’ with atomic bomb t-shirt

Lawrence Kim
November 14, 2018

BTS, an influential seven-member boy band, was also dropped last week from a Japanese TV show after a member wore a T-shirt apparently glorifying the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"We'd like to clarify that all Big Hit staff and artists, including BTS, do not regard war or atomic bombs lightly".

In a statement of apology, Big Hit Entertainment further emphasizes that it was " in no way intentional", and that "although all apparel and accessories used during the photoshoot had been provided by the publication conducting the shoot", they offer their honest apologies for "inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone affected by totalitarian regimes in the past by failing to strictly review the clothing and accessories that our members were made to wear, as well as to anyone who may have experienced distress and discomfort by witnessing an association of our artists with imagery reminiscent of political extremism". "For this and to those who were uncomfortable with the imagery, we sincerely apologize", it added.

The T-shirt had such English words as "Patriotism", "Our History", "Liberation" and "Korea" with a black-and-white photo of a rising mushroom cloud and another of Koreans celebrating the end of Japanese colonial rule of Korea in 1945.

"It goes without saying that this group, which was invited to speak at the United Nations, owes the people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology", said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

K-Pop star Jimin has commented on the recent controversy that saw his band BTS criticised for their decision to wear Nazi and atomic bomb imagery during concerts. Our artists have to deal with many schedules and site conditions and the responsibility for the above issues does not lie with them'.

It pledged to gain a better understanding social, historical and cultural backgrounds "and be more cautious so as to avoid causing hurt to anyone".

South Korean boy band BTS have been condemned by a Jewish human rights group after pictures emerged of them posing with Nazi-style hats and doing a photo shoot at a Holocaust memorial. In May this year, it reached the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with its release "Love Yourself: Tear".

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