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May 25, 2019

Manager of K-pop band apologizes for member’s Nazi-influenced fashion

November 15, 2018
For the second time, South Korean pop group BTS members have been in hot water over insensitive fashion decisions. (YOAN VALAT / AFP/Getty Images)

The management team of BTS, the hottest boy band in Korea, is apologizing after one band member sported a Nazi-themed hat.

In an undated photo, the member known as RM wore a green hat bearing an apparent Nazi insignia.

Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center claimed the symbol was the Nazi Party SS Death Head logo.

“It is clear that those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past,” the center’s director Rabbi Abraham Cooper said. “The management should publicly apologize.”

This is the second time in the past several months BTS’ apparel has been called out. In October, another band member named Jimin was flagged for donning a shirt depicting America’s 1945 atomic bombing of Japan and the nationalistic slogan: “Patriotism Our History Liberation Korea.”

The social media flak was so intense that a Japanese TV channel canceled a scheduled BTS appearance, reported BBC.

“We would like to offer our sincere apologies for inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone affected by totalitarian regimes in the past,” said agency Big Hit Entertainment. “And those affected by the use of atomic weapons.”

The management group has been on an extensive damage-control spree by reaching out to Japanese and Korean victims of atomic war to apologize as well as issuing a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The center claimed it was “reaching out to BTS to urge they harness their international fame to celebrate the good not serve the forces of evil.”

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