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Girls' Generation's Tiffany writes another apology letter for flag controversy

By elliefilet   Friday, August 26, 2016   266,272   21,943   0
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Girls' Generation's Tiffany has written another apology for her recent flag controversy.

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Though Tiffany did make a public apology for inappropriately using the Rising Sun Flag on social media on the National Liberation Day of Korea, many netizens claimed her letter was not satisfactory. The Girls' Generation member has now followed up with another letter, which she posted to Instagram on August 26. 

Tiffany's letter is as follows:

"Hello, this is Tiffany.

On top of making such a big mistake, I was unable to muster the courage to give a sincere apology for 10 days after I wrote you all, who I've disappointed and hurt, a lacking apology letter.

Firstly, I ask for your forgiveness for being late with a fearful and trembling heart. I'll do my best to deliver a sincere apology to you and what I should've given earlier on the day I made a big mistake. 

On the National Liberation Day of Korea, I made the mistake of posting a design that included the Rising Sun Flag to social media. I've made a mistake that should not have been made when thinking of the meaning of Independence Day. 

As many people have already warned me, I was not knowledgeable about the history of the Rising Sun Flag, and I was not sensitive to the history of that pain. I'm very sorry for breaking your hearts due to my horribleness and carelessness. I bow my head in apology to those who believed in me and cheered me on. 

I've been able to do music because of your unchanging support and love until now, which I'm thankful for. However, despite being loved by you all for so long, I did not know basic Korean history well. I'm very embarrassed that I did not study in more detail.

Though I've always been thankful and felt pride as a singer who spreads Korean culture, I've once again realized how much more I need to feel responsibility and study. I won't forget that responsibility as someone in the public eye. 

I once again would like to extend my apologetic heart for causing concern on Independence Day because of the mistake I made. After realizing my mistake, the quick apology I wrote at the airport was not careful, and I apologize again for how lacking it was. I've spent each day regretting and feeling sorry for losing the chance to give a sincere apology. It's late, but I earnestly hope my sincerity is delivered.

This incident has let me know what's most important. I'll do my best to study and learn the things that are more important than singing and dancing from now on.

Thank you very much for reading my long, late letter."


What are your thoughts on Tiffany's additional apology and the controversy?



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soone Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I understand it was a mistake. Still, I can see why it's so disturbing to Korean people as well. What Japan did in Korea during World War 2 was similar to HOLOCAUST. Tiffany posting a picture including Japanese War flag right before Korean INDEPENDENCE DAY is more than just lacking historical knowledge, but rather a disturbing gesture seemingly supporting Japanese war crimes.

soone Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It was a terrible mistake to make, especially when Japan is denying many of war crimes they did in Korea for political reasons and the controversy between two countries are still going on...

my_love_is_moon Sunday, August 28, 2016

this is so heartbreaking. come on la guys. She had already apologized, twice! And you still get so stubborn over this matter? Because Tiffany is such a good girl, haters try to make it like a big, unforgivable sin.

intricate Sunday, August 28, 2016

"the history of that pain", pain which none of those who have been angry at Tiffany will ever understand. Because those who have experienced that pain don't care who Tiffany is. Netizens' bigotry of the highest degree.

hellokpop95 Sunday, August 28, 2016

I just wanna hug her

BigBlueagain Saturday, August 27, 2016

So... a country has apologized, paid reparations, embraced hallyu wave and even allowed private citizens to sue the government but the prisoners of Brothers Home can't even get their own government to recognize them, much less make reparations, and they're going to crucify Tiffany for THIS? This is about the most disgusting display of malicious hypocricy I've seen.

blahblahblahblah BigBlueagain Sunday, August 28, 2016

http://www.washingtontimes. com/news/2014/apr/3/virginias-east-sea-textbook-bill-a-nod-to-korean-a/

BigBlueagain blahblahblahblah Sunday, August 28, 2016

(smh) Leave it to U.S. to make the best displays of arrogance.

intricate blahblahblahblah Sunday, August 28, 2016

how much were they paid for that piece of legislation?

BigBlueagain intricate Sunday, August 28, 2016

No tellin. But... lobbies. (smh)

cmerle1 Saturday, August 27, 2016

It's interesting to me that SM has not said anything on this and is leaving Tiffany on her own. She's already written two apology letters, was not allowed to attend SMtown and kicked off The Unnies. She is American, probably should have known more history about Korean history as long as she's been there. But people make mistakes. Enough, move on people.

intricate cmerle1 Sunday, August 28, 2016

i'm sure SM has been supporting her as best as they can behind the scenes. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a whole SM committee assigned to make sure this letter of apology had the greatest impact.

BigBlueagain Saturday, August 27, 2016

To all the Koreans who think that Tiffany messed up and deserved what she got, I have two things I would like to know. First, please name all the concentration camps that the Japanese ran in Korea. Second, would any of you care to tell us about Brother's Home?

BigBlueagain Saturday, August 27, 2016

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I'm going to post a page about it in the forums until it's censored. And I guarantee, this will be censored just as it is in Korea.

HAWKEYE56 Saturday, August 27, 2016

Innocent mistake, I'm sure Tiffany learned from this. She had no bad intent. If anything Koreans should be swiftly forgiving because she is an AMERICAN! Do we need to remind Koreans America ended Imperial Japan and provides protection for them? Forgive Tiffany and start enjoying GG again.

federick Saturday, August 27, 2016

Looks like SM hired a skilled writer. Every little details that the crazy netizens were looking for are present in the apology letter above.

intricate federick Sunday, August 28, 2016

or she did write it herself but had a whole string of SM advisers helping her out.

keilt3 Saturday, August 27, 2016

Apparently in korea if you want to make sincere apologize you need to write a three page dissertation with your own blood and phoenix feather...

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