BTS’ management Big Hit Entertainment have released a statement after pictures emerged of two different band members wearing controversial outfits.
The company issued an apology after it was reported last week that TV Asahi’s Music Station show had cancelled the K-Pop stars’ appearance after Jimin was snapped in a T-shirt appearing to celebrate the atomic bombings of Japan.
Old photographs of his fellow band member RM then resurfaced online, showing him wearing a Nazi-inspired hat.
Big Hit posted a lengthy message on Facebook, which included: “In all activities involving BTS and any other artists associated with our company, Big Hit does not support any organizations or groups oriented towards political extremism and totalitarian beliefs including Nazism.
“[We’re] against all such entities and activities, had no intention of causing distress or pain to anyone affected by historical events and incidents by being inadvertently associated with such organizations or groups, and we will continue to adhere to these principles.”
They did add that the singer had been handed the clothes to wear by a stylist at the photo shoot.
The popular band’s management added of the T-shirt controversy, “In all activities involving BTS and any other artists associated with our company, Big Hit does not condone any activities of war or the use of atomic weapons, is adamantly against them, had no intention of causing distress or pain to anyone affected by the dropping of atomic weapons, and we will continue to adhere to these principles.”
The images were criticized on social media, with Jewish human rights organization the Simon Wiesenthal Center accusing the band of “mocking the past.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper said in a statement posted on their website: “Wearing a T-shirt in Japan mocking the victims of the A-bomb, is just the latest incident of this band mocking the past.”
World War II saw two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagaski, marking the first and only time atomic bombs were used in a war.
Hundreds of thousands of people were killed instantly, while many more died years later as a result of radiation sickness.