"The outrageous incidents reveal a basic lack of knowledge of history’s darkest chapters"
BTS’ management has apologized for Nazi-themed photos and Jinmin’s Hiroshima bomb shirt.
Last month, BTS member Jinmin was criticized for wearing a shirt that displayed the US’s atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Another member also reportedly wore a hat with a Nazi symbol.
Los Angeles based Jewish rights group Simon Wiesenthal Center slammed the Kpop group for “mocking the past”.
“Wearing a T-shirt in Japan mocking the victims of the … A-bomb, is just the latest incident of this band mocking the past,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of center in a statement online. “The outrageous incidents reveal a basic lack of knowledge of history’s darkest chapters that endangers the future of younger generations.”
In response Big Hit Entertainment, BTS’ management, issued a statement apologizing.
“We would like to … offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who has suffered pain, distress and discomfort due to our shortcomings and oversight in ensuring that these matters receive our most careful attention,” the statement read.
“We’d like to clarify that all Big Hit staff and artists, including BTS, do not regard war or atomic bombs lightly,” it added, saying they “do not regard Nazis lightly nor any other group that promotes ideals or totalitarianism or extremism.”
Last month, BTS landed the international cover of TIME magazine.