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BTS criticised by Jewish human rights group after wearing Nazi style hats in photoshoot
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They have been accused of "mocking the past"

A Jewish human rights group has condemned K-Pop giants BTS, after photos emerged that showed them posing in Nazi style hats.

In a statement, the Simon Wiesenthal Center accused the band of “mocking the past”, only a week after they dropped from Japanese TV over a t-shirt that appeared to depict the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

The latest controversy comes after photos from a 2015 photoshoot were discovered. The photos showed the group posing in caps that bear the symbol of a notorious SS Units that controlled concentration camps.

“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 the Los Angeles group.

Korean artist BTS performs in Nazi costumes and cover Harken Kreuz's hat Also,wear clothes that ridicule the atomic bomb#HarkenKreuz#ナチス帽 pic.twitter.com/JfIQws0gYF

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The statement also included direct links to photos of the group posing at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial and footage of them waving flags that bore an apparent resemblance to the 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”, said Cooper.

“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.”

NME has approached a BTS spokesperson for a response.

The latest controversy comes after band member Jimin faced criticism last week for wearing a t-shirt that appeared to depict the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

The shirt was branded “insulting” by some fans, while others claimed that the inclusion of Korean flags on the garment celebrates the bomb’s role in sparking the eventual independence of the Korean peninsula from Japanese rule.

12/11/2018 16:52:42
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