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

TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt

BTS apologised for the cancellation but made no reference to the T-shirt.

I can never accept the act that #BTS member wore the atomic bomb T-shirts humanely.

There are conflicting reports about whether band member Jimin wore the shirt this past August or a year ago to celebrate Korea's Liberation Day, but either way it's the imagery of the attire that's become the issue. "We will continue to make every effort to enable us to meet fans while offering good music and performances", it said.

The Tokyo-based TV Asahi said it has chose to call off their performance Friday night on its Music Station program after asking the band's agency about the member's intention in wearing the shirt.

The shirt is still available for purchase online.

The top reads: "Patriotism OurHistory Liberation Korea", and features a photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima and another picture of the Korean people celebrating their Independence Day on 15 August 1945.

The incident comes as ties between Japan and South Korea are once again strained over historical issues, with a court ruling holding Japanese firms liable for wartime forced labour claims roiling relations.

Jimin reportedly wore the shirt in August 2017 when Koreans celebrate the end of Japanese occupation.

Photos of Jimin in the shirt started to gain traction on social media in early November.

BTS members gave a speech to youths of the world in September asking them to, "Love yourself", at a UNICEF meeting at United Nations headquarters in NY, which became a hot campaign.

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

"What's so wrong about Koreans commemorating National Liberation Day?" said another Korean user on Twitter.

Agreeing comments included, "I suddenly don't want to see IZ*ONE's faces", "Can't stand Mnet and CJ right now, just look at what they're doing", "That's messed up", "Mnet has got to feel at least some guilt right now", "Sorry IZ*ONE, I didn't really dislike you guys or anything before but now this is making me angry", "Can they just please ban IZ*ONE from KBS", etc.

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