BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

BTS performance in Japan canceled over atomic bomb shirt

Despite the controversy over the top, some Japanese fans expressed disappointment that the BTS performance had been cancelled.

"I am a resident of Hiroshima, I will not allow BTS to appear on the music station".

A Japanese broadcaster has axed a live appearance from a hugely popular South Korean boyband after a pictured emerged of one of its members wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing. There have been reports of discomfort caused by a T-shirt one of the band's members previously wore.

BTS, a seven-member Korean pop group, was originally scheduled to perform on TV Asahi's Music Station show on 9 November. We asked about the intention of wearing the outfit to the act's agency and tried to discuss it.

The top reads: "Patriotism OurHistory Liberation Korea", and features a photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima and another picture of the Korean people celebrating their Independence Day on 15 August 1945.

World War II remains a tense subject between South Korea and Japan.

The global superstars were due to perform on TV Asahi on Friday, but the station abruptly cancelled the show after a photo of member Jimin wearing the shirt went viral.

BTS member Jimin reportedly wore the shirt past year, on August 15, when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

South Korea's local news outlets raised the possibility that the move was evident of anti-Korean sentiment in Japan. While some said they understood how it could be seen as controversial, others defended the shirt as being more about Korea's liberation than the bombing of Japan. "After asking their record company about this, we made the decision to postpone their appearance on our Nov 9 show", TV Asahi said.

However, not all netizens are supporting the above claims, as some argued, "BTS's issue has nothing to do with IZ*ONE, don't try to make up these kinds of connections", "Keep BTS and IZ*ONE separate", "It's true that BTS getting cancelled sucks but it's not like it's IZ*ONE's fault", and such.