Since then, the situation has escalated such that their label, Big Hit Bts snapchat, has issued a formal apology over the mattermaking it clear that no offence was intended by them or the boys.
Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula from toand Koreans recall it as time of brutal cultural oppression, when one could be punished for simply speaking in Korean. The occupation ended when Japan surrendered to the Allies, after atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians in an instant.
Both the Japanese occupation of Korea and the atomic bombing of Japan are highly emotive events that linger in the memories of older generations, so any casual reference made to them by young celebrities is likely to offend people from either, or more likely both, nations.
Red Velvet are a five-member girl group under the SM Entertainment label, and their debut song, Happiness, was a light pop Bts snapchat released in August The music video caused anger in Japan immediately upon on its release, as one scene featured a background photo of American newspapers reporting on the A-bombs. The same video also featured an image of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Bts snapchat. As the music video racked up around two million views, fans around the world complained to SM about both of the offensive images.
SM Entertainment responded quickly by pulling the video, and uploading a new edit of the video without the offending images.
A label representative explained that no offence was intended, stating: We will make "Bts snapchat" not to let this kind of thing happen in the future. She was performing in Japan with them, and posted a Bts snapchat of herself on Instagram with two other members, Sooyoung and Yuri. On her Snapchat, she posted a photo of a bag on her lap, and used a Snapchat geofilter to tell fans she was in Tokyo, Japan.
After receiving backlash from the Korean media, Tiffany edited her original Bts snapchat caption, and then posted two handwritten notes on her personal Instagram, stating her regret over the posts. A post shared by Tiffany Young tiffanyyoungofficial on Aug 14, at One of her notes read: I
Bts snapchat for upsetting so many with my mistake on this important day. Again, I sincerely apologise for disappointing everyone as a result of my shortcomings.
The controversy led her to withdraw from a variety show she was filming at the time.
A press release from the TV network stated: Tiffany also took a seven-week break from Instagram, and "Bts snapchat" very few public appearances while the news died down. Aside from these specific events, K-pop entertainers are well aware that their actions while promoting in Japan are under constant scrutiny by media and netizens from both countries.
Due to their difficult shared history and unresolved issues even to this day, long-held tensions remain between Japan and Korea in political and cultural arenas, and this can spill out into the media and entertainment worlds too.
Despite the odd cultural or historical blunder by
Bts snapchat idols, K-pop is undeniably popular in Japan and shows little sign of waning.
Boy bands like TVXQ! Their popularity in both countries surely offers a glimmer of hope that although the dreadful past between them cannot be changed, future Korean-Japanese relations could become easier — as long as they steer well clear of any historical gaffes.
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