Although Dahyun and Jooheon wore two shirts a long time ago, now things have been messed up with the harsh criticism from Japanese netizens.
With tensions rising between the Japanese and Korean governments, a series of serious political issues are also affecting many K-Pop idols promoting in Japan. Recently, TV Asahi canceled BTS‘s performance on “Music Station” because the shirt that Jimin used to wear depicted an atomic bomb, which is a historical pain in Japan.
Big Hit Entertainment then explained the true meaning behind the shirt and made a formal apology to those who felt hurt by the atomic bomb image. However, despite Big Hit’s apology, BTS was still considered a criminal in Japan, and was ruled out of the last year’s music programs in Japan.
However, it seems that political issues will not stop at BTS. Recently, TWICE and MONSTA X have caused controversy because of the two shirts that Dahyun and Jooheon used to wear a long time ago. On November 13th, Japanese politician Onodera Masaru shared a photo of Dahyun at airport, which was taken from September 2017. At that time, the TWICE member was wearing a T-shirt featuring a message supporting the victims who used to be comfort women in the war.
“Comfort women” is a term used to refer to Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. “Marymond,” the name appears behind the shirt Dahyun wears, is known as a brand that specializes in designing products and contents to support comfort women.
Onodera Masaru tweeted: “BTS will not appear on NHK’s “Kōhaku Uta Gassen”. This is good news, but at the same time, there is another bad news. The profit from this shirt was used inappropriately for the Korean women’s liberation movement, and I reported the problem to NHK.”
The tweet of Japanese politicians received more than 15,000 retweets from netizens of this country. At the same time, it also caused a fierce reaction from the Japanese netizen. Many Japanese netizens have asked NHK to quickly release TWICE from this year’s “Kōhaku Uta Gassen” lineup. A couple of days ago, TWICE has just become the first Kpop girl group for two consecutive years to be invited to Japan’s famous New Year’s music festival.
In fact, before the image of Dahyun‘s shirt was dug back, the appearance of TWICE on “Kōhaku Uta Gassen” was strongly opposed by Jnet. After the story of that shirt exploded, the protests of the Japanese netizens became more and more intense. The reason is that since Japan and Korea have always kept conflicting views on issues relating to women’s liberation.
It was not until the end that the Japanese media left the images in the past when MONSTA X‘s Jooheon wore an atomic bomb shirt which is similar to Jimin‘s case, to appear in a TV show in South Korea. Again, the tension was blown away, especially when both TWICE and MONSTA X officially debuted and promoted in Japan.
Netizens are currently expressing their strong opposition to the Hallyu wave, with celebrities from South Korea. They asked NHK to remove the name TWICE from “Kōhaku Uta Gassen,” and petitioned the government to ban Korean artists from working in Japan: “Now I do not want to hear a word related to Korea. Why are they our neighbors? Are they different from Taiwan? “,” Why do we allow Korean idols to promote in Japan? “,” TWICE has 3 Japanese members. They also have a lot of Japanese fans, so why are they supporting the anti-Japanese movement? “,” If you hate the Japanese, do not go to Japan”, “This happened a long time ago, how can NHK not be known? Korean artists are all politically involved, so it’s best not to invite them to Japan”, “The only thing we ask is that NHK cut off their names from “Kōhaku Uta Gassen”, etc
On the other hand, Korean netizens are extremely angry with the tweet of the Japanese politician. They argue that Japan has no right to be angry at this issue: “Why are they now turning to this? It’s just ridiculous”, “Japan does not even have the right to be angry. Korean women are the victims”, “They are so far away. Don’t mess up with comfort women”, “The problem is not going to stop at BTS, they are trying to ruin Kpop in general. They do not just want to drown BTS, they are trying to drown us all”, ” Have you read all the tweets and retweets yet ????? I almost fell down. Now they even give them the right to complain about the issue of comfort women”, ” Seeing TWICE makes me want no company to put a Japanese member in the group. There is an article appeared today and many Japanese left comment comments disgruntling Korean members “, etc
Currently, NHK has not spoken out on the opposition to the appearance of TWICE on “Kōhaku Uta Gassen.”