Hiung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press
Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 12:25 PM EST
Seoul, South Korea – The agency for K-pop superstars BTS on Wednesday apologized to members wearing a T-shirt showing the explosion of an atomic bomb and a hat with a Nazi coat of arms.
Japanese TV stations have recently canceled planned performances in that country after images became viral musicians in a shirt. The South Korean boys' band got into more trouble after the news broke out that another member was wearing a hat with a Nazi symbol in a book for photo magazines, and band members flirted with what seemed like a Nazi swastika during a concert in the past.
"We would like to reiterate our sincere apology to all who suffered pain, starvation and discomfort due to our shortcomings and oversight to ensure that these things pay our careful attention," said Big Hit Entertainment, the statement.
The t-shirt was displayed by an atomic bomber who was completed with the celebration of the Korean liberation from 1945 from Japan at the end of the Second World War. The United States fired atomic bombs into Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before surrendering Tokyo.
Prior to its division into North and South Korea after liberation, the Korean peninsula colonized Japan from 1910-1945. Many in both Koreas still have strong dissatisfaction with Japanese colonial masters. But in South Korea it is extremely rare that someone is publicly celebrating or evaluating atomic bombs.
South Korean politicians criticized Japanese broadcasters' decision to cancel BTS appearances, accusing Japan of keeping "self-centered attitudes about history" and allowing politics to hinder cultural exchanges.
It does not seem that a controversial T-shirt has a serious impact on the huge popularity of the band in Japan, while 50,000 people allegedly populate Tokyo Dome on Wednesday night to watch them.
The BTS agency said that wearing a T-shirt from A-bomb "was by no means intentional" and that it was not designed to "hurt or revenge the people affected by the use of atomic weapons". He said he still apologized for "not taking precautions that could prevent the wearing of such clothes by our artist."
As for the hatoguro, it was said that all the clothing and accessories used for the photographic book were provided by the media company involved in its publication. It was said that the flags concerned were aimed at symbolizing the restrictive, one-stop and authoritarian educational systems of South Korea, and not Nazism.
"We will carefully examine and consider not only these issues, but all the activities that involve Big Hit and our artists based on a sound understanding of diverse social, historical and cultural reasons in order to ensure that we do not harm anyone, any harm, pain or frustration" is the agency.
The seven members of the band, who are the world's foremost opponents, were the first South Korean artists in May, at the top of the album Billboard 200 with Love Iourself: Tear. The band began its tour in Japan earlier this week.
South Korean K-pop and movie stars are extremely popular in Japan and other Asian countries.