The biggest K-Pop band in the world is under fire for sporting hats with Nazi symbols on them during a photo shoot.
The not-for-profit Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the group, BTS, of “mocking the past” with the insensitive logos and because one of the members, last week, wore a T-shirt that appeared to celebrate the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“It goes without saying that this group… owes the people of Japan and the victims of Nazism an apology,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, director of Global Social Action at the center, said in a statement Sunday.
In the photo shoot, the seven-member band donned caps with what appeared to be the symbol of the Death’s Head Units — the SS organizations that administered the Nazi concentration camps.
They’ve also posed at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and performed on stage waving large flags that were “eerily similar” to the Nazi swastika, the center said.
“It is clear that those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past,” Cooper said. “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 band has not responded to the center’s concerns.
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