HONG KONG – They have been called the world’s largest boy band, and they were even hired to speak in the United Nations – the first K-pop group ever given such glory.
But proves that world-renowned pop groups are not immune to political tensions, a Japanese television station suddenly interrupted a live performance of the top-rated South Korean band, BTS, on Thursday among a rebellion over a T-shirt once upon a time carried by one of the band’s members. 19659002] The T-shirt presented the well-known historical image of a rolling mushroom cloud that has risen over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, and some said the glorious US’s use of atomic bombs against Japan at the end of World War II. [1
9659002] “After talking to the band’s agency about the member’s intention to wear T-shirts, we unfortunately have decided to cancel their performance right now,” read a statement published on the Music Station’s website, a program on Japanese television and on network tv asahi.
The article in the Clothing is allegedly borne by Jimin, 23, one of the band’s seven members, in a 2017 episode of the group’s reality TV show, “BTS: Bon Voyage.” T-shirts show mushroom clouds over Nagasaki just moments after the US released an atomic bomb in the Japanese city on August 9, 1945 and immediately killed more than 70,000 civilians.
A block of repeating text printed on the T-shirt next to the image reads: “PATRIOTISM OUR HISTORY KOREA Salvation.”
The event dropped into the deep prosperity still affecting relations between the two countries, more than Seventy decades after the defeat of imperialist Japan during World War II, the Korean Peninsula freed from the Japanese colonial government d to North and South Korea. Aug 15 is still celebrated annually by both North and South Korea as Victory Over Japan Day.
These historical tensions grew up last month when a South Korean court ordered a leading Japanese steel manufacturer to compensate Korean men who were slave workers during World War II.
Relations between the two countries are still strained by other times of war, as the Korean “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese military tables. Many South Koreans say that Japan’s apologies and repairs to this issue have not been enough.
The t-shirt incident was a small but embarrassing backlash for BTS, which has had overwhelming success in recent years with its ever changing hair color and musical influences. This year, the band was not just the first K pop band to reach the top of the Billboard Artist 100 Chart, it did it twice in a couple of months.
In August, BTS broke Taylor Swift’s record for biggest YouTube video debut, racking up 45 million views for their video “Idol” in just 24 hours. In October, they stopped outside the North American leg on their “Love Yourself” World Tour with a sold out performance to a crowd of about 40,000 at Citi Field in New York.
Known for creating the popular Japanese band AKB48, Mr. Akimoto had angry Korean fans in the past by presenting the rising sun flags – seen by many as a painful symbol of Japanese imperialism – in some of AKB48’s costumes. As a result of the backlash, BTS removed the only title “Bird” from its latest Japanese album, released on Wednesday.
According to South Korean media, the designer of T-shirts for the Korean street model brand Ourhistory has apologized, saying that he does not intend the construction to be interpreted as anti-Japanese.
Despite the fame in Japan, the group’s many dead fans, known as the army, seemed unscathed. On Friday, the band’s recently released single “Fake Love / Airplane Pt. 2” remained on top of the Japanese music album, according to Oricon, a Japanese music statistics site.