The Atomic Bomb Victims Association said: “He was not an assailant, but acted as an assailant.”
On the afternoon of November 16th, a representative (right) of Big Hit shook hands with Lee Gyu-yeol, the president of the Korean Atomic Bomb Victims Association, at the atomic bomb data center in Hapcheon County, South Gyeongsang Province. A source from the agency said: “We sincerely apologize for the t-shirt that Jimin wore last year.”
Big Hit Entertainment, BTS’ agency, visited victims of the atomic bomb on the 16th and officially apologized for the recent controversy about member Kim Jimin’s past wearing t-shirt.
Hapcheon is a place called Hiroshima in Korea because it is home to 70 percent of Korea’s atomic bomb victims.
Lee Jin-hyung, who served as the chief operating officer of Big Hit, met some 10 officials of the Korea Atomic Bomb Victims Association at the Dongcheon atomic bomb library at 1 p.m. on the day and apologized.
Kim Sun-kyung, a reporter for the U.N. news agency, speaks with the officials of the Korea Atomic Bomb Victims Association at the atomic bomb data center in Hapcheon County, South Gyeongsang Province on the 16th. “We sincerely apologize if anyone is hurt,” the official said regarding the recent controversy over the t-shirt that Jimin wore last year.
Lee Jin-hyung said at a 20-minute meeting, “I thought it would be appropriate to visit the victims and talk to them about their feelings because they could be hurt.” “We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings has been hurt (for a t-shirt with a picture of dropping an atomic bomb).“
“It is not for the press, but for the association and victims,” Lee said.
After the meeting, the association read the statement, saying: “The victims of the bombing understand and share a series of incidents.“
Kim Sun-kyung, a reporter for the Dong-A Ilbo, said: “The Korea Society for the Prevention of Explosives is listening. During a visit to the association, the official said, “We sincerely apologize if anyone has been hurt due to Jimin’s wearing a t-shirt last year.”
“Seeing BTS member’s wearing a t-shirt with the picture of dropping an atomic bomb, Japan does not apologize as a war criminal, but rather as the only nuclear victim in the world,” said Lee Gyu-yeol, the president of the association.
He also said: “We should not use the apology from BTS’ company to promote anti-Korean sentiment.“
The t-shirt controversy emerged recently after Japanese media claimed that there was a painting of an atomic bomb exposion on a T-shirt that Jimin wore last year.
The Simon Central Center, known as the U.S. Jewish human rights group, criticized BTS for wearing t-shirts that mocked victims of the Nagasaki bombing.
“It is not designed to hurt the victims of the bombing,” said Big Hit, who made an official annoucement through SNS on the 13th. The t-shirt was made by a local brand to celebrate Korean Liberation Day.It includes patriotism, OURHISTORY, LIBERATION, and KOREA as well as the people who are calling for the liberation.
In Korea, it is said that there is no problem at all, saying that it is not “A-bomb T-shirt” but “Liberation Ceremony T-shirt.” It is suggested that using the atomic bomb as a symbol of liberation may make it insensitive to nuclear weapons unethical.