'A leading Jewish human rights organisation has called for one of South Korea’s most popular K-pop bands to apologise for wearing Nazi-style hats during a photo shoot.
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.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, based in Los Angeles, issued a harshly worded statement criticising the record-breaking band for “mocking the past” and urged members to apologise to both Nazi victims and Japan.
“Wearing a T-shirt in Japan mocking the victims of the Nagasaki A-bomb, is just the latest incident of this band mocking the past,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, its associate dean.
The statement also referred to photography of members wearing hats with Nazi logos believed to be taken in 2014 as well as footage of flags waved by the band on stage at a concert which were reportedly “eerily similar” to the Nazi swastika.
“It goes without saying that this group, which was invited to speak at the UN, owes the people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology,” he added in the statement.
“But that is not enough. It is clear that those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past. The result is that … young generations in Korea and around the world are more likely to identify bigotry and intolerance as being ‘cool’ and help erase the lessons of history. The management of this group, not only the front performers, should publicly apologise.”'
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