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.
jihansol 13th-Jan-2015 11:25 am (UTC)
I still can't wrap my head around this mess. BigHit screwed up big time.
Who planned this photoshoot? Don't you try to get information about the places you wanna take pictures at for a photobook?
To make sure you are allowed to take pictures there? To get permission if needed? To realize that taking pictures for a photoshoot at a Holocaust memorial is absolutely disgusting?

I live in Germany, not in Berlin, but I have been there and I have seen pictures and video footage from the memorial site and it's true that people act rather "freely" around it. Sitting on the monuments, kids playing hide and seek and all that stuff. And I think that's not okay at all. It's really disrespectful. But just because other people ("even Germans") act this disrespectful around the memorial site doesn't mean that it's okay for BTS/BigHit to do the same.
There are soo many other places they could have taken nice pictures at. Even EXO could take pictures for a whole photobook in Berlin without visiting really famous spots there. I bet BigHit could have found some as well if they really wanted to.

I have no idea where I wanted to go with this but I am still angry and disappointed and can't really put my thoughts into words well right now.
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