A Japanese TV show has cancelled a scheduled performance by K-pop band BTS after one of its members was pictured wearing an “offensive” t-shirt.
BTS were set to perform on TV Asahi’s Music Station show today (November 9), but the channel has since confirmed their appearance has been “postponed”.
According to the BBC, a statement released by the Japanese network read: “A t-shirt design worn by one of the members caused controversy… We had been discussing it with the record label. However, we decided to postpone their appearance this time.”
The t-shirt in question was worn by band member Jimin and featured images depicting the atomic bombing of Japan, as well as pro-Korean “liberation” slogans.
Some fans of the band have spoken out against the item of clothing online, suggesting it “celebrates the tragedy of atomic bomb in Hiroshima.”
“This is very offensive to Japan,” one user wrote.
Although a global success, BTS’ rise to stardom hasn’t come without its controversy – just last month, DJ Roman Kemp was forced to explain why his interview with the band never aired.
“The interview never went out because we didn’t deem it necessary,” he told Digital Spy. “It got very personal for me and the second my mum was involved and my girlfriend was involved, I want to step away from that.”
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