3:10 pm - 01/12/2015

Bangtan (BTS) release teaser pictures taken in The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

BTS posted teaser photos on Twitter recently, which is great! But, uh, then people recognized the location as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

So … yeah that’s a bad idea. Like horrible. Pictures is one thing, but a fucking photoshoot, apparently for a photobook? Come on.

Anyway, after being inundated with tweets, BTS’s official Twitter finally took the pics down (which is why I don’t have all of them), but it’s a bit late for that anyway.

I trust I don’t have to explain the problem to oppa apologists here.


A spokesperson of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe had previously commented on a similar situation:

"We only give permission to projects that have a connection to the memorial, the Holocaust or some aspect of commemoration."

This raised concern amoung fans that BigHit either didn't attempt to get permission or were denied and followed suit anyway.

It's also been noted by some that Rapmon had previously worn a hat that bears Nazi symbols (swastika, eagle, and skull). Specifically, the insignia of the SS, who were responsible for running the concentration camps all over Europe.

BigHit has yet to release an official statement.

Source: AsianJunkie, Jezebel

This is disgusting. No words.

I don't really like linking AsianJunkie since their "articles" are not really "articles" but it's the only one I could find that isn't Allkpop.
innertide 13th-Jan-2015 11:07 am (UTC)
You say you're on the same page but your opinion clearly indicates that you don't understand the underlying issue at hand (and tbh, taking my words too personally and getting overly defensive about this matter when it's not about you).

You're stating that "people waging hurtful word wars against each other is counterproductive," which says everything about how you perceive this issue. Your stance is clearly not one of somebody who gets why this criticism is important and matters to people. There's no 'reverse discrimination' at work here, those who are descendants of Holocaust survivors' especially would know full well how the way this issue is debated is hurtful. We don't get equality by being extra polite and asking very very nicely of our oppressors and their proponents to stop, fyi.

tbh - a person saying they're upset about racist behavior but then defending those who are perpetuating it because people who call them out are being too 'mean' or w/e? And acting like the harshest critics are on the same level as them? Nah. We're not on the same page. Not in the slightest.
rennaii 13th-Jan-2015 11:38 am (UTC)
Yes, I got offended because you clearly called me racist. I don't know if you meant for it to come off that way, but it came off as personal and I'm not gonna sit around and fart rainbows over it.

But you know what, all I wanted to get across was "oh hey I can SEE why this COULD be a misunderstanding but they should've been more careful and now they royally screwed up. Yes, we should criticize their actions, but we shouldn't be perpetuating hate towards the wrong people." I don't see how that is equivalent to racist, ignorant, and "oppa didn't mean it."

I am fully aware of why criticism is extremely important here. It's an entire culture, a history of pain and suffering to a lot of people and that is very, very real. I am in no way trying to demean the feelings of those who are affected or diminish the insensitivity against the culture. I don't know how many times I've had to say it, but I just don't think we should be savages about the way we give that criticism. How does that make us any better than those defending what they did? I'm not saying we have to be super polite and invite them over for tea, but there are ways to give that criticism without telling others to go kill themselves (yes I've seen that going around). THAT IS ALL.

I've said time and again, I'M NOT DEFENDING WHAT THEY DID AT ALL. I can see how they came to do what they did, but it doesn't excuse them for this shitty move.

I'm done. We're obviously not going anywhere with this. Like holy shit, you people are scary af. Pack of piranhas seeking out blood. Bye.
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