Japanese TV cancels BTS show over band member's A-bomb shirt

BTS Jimin

BTS Jimin

Jimin's T-shirt with an image of a mushroom cloud with the English words "patriotism" and "Korea" sparked outcry on Japanese social media. "However, we chose to postpone their appearance this time", said TV Asahi in a statement published online.

But the broadcaster withdrew its invitation this week after a photo of Jimin wearing the T-shirt went viral.

Universal Music said it will continue to support BTS but confirmed their appearance on the live music show "Music Station" was canceled.

However, not all netizens are supporting the above claims, as some argued, "BTS's issue has nothing to do with IZ*ONE, don't try to make up these kinds of connections", "Keep BTS and IZ*ONE separate", "It's true that BTS getting cancelled sucks but it's not like it's IZ*ONE's fault", and such. It's said that the photos were taken on National Liberation Day of Korea in 2017, which marks the end of World War II, and by extension Japan's occupation of Korea.

It is unclear when exactly Jimin wore the shirt in question, but pictures of him in it started circulating online in October.

Japan, meanwhile, became the only nation to have experienced a nuclear attack when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski killing an estimated 200,000-plus people at the end of WWII.

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Hundreds of thousands of people were killed instantly and many more died in the years to come as a result of radiation sickness. Meanwhile, last month, South Korea's court ruled that Japan must compensate Korean victims of forced wartime labor from World War Two for the unfair labor.

There are conflicting reports as to when exactly Jimin wore the shirt.

Jimin, 23, was reportedly photographed wearing the shirt past year on 15 August, when Koreans mark the anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation. Despite IZ*ONE's successful debut stage on KBS's ' Music Bank' last week, some netizens are still petitioning the girl group's promotions on the station; the government petition demanding a ban on IZ*ONE from appearing on public broadcast station programs now has approximately 30,000 signatures.

"A-bomb t-shirt" was one of the top trending topics on Twitter Friday morning.

But other fans rallied around BTS. "You guys made the wrong move this time".

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