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Tiffany under fire for using the Japanese flag emoticon + rising sun flag on Korea's Independence Day

By jennywill   Sunday, August 14, 2016   281,322   11,535   0



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Tiffany is coming under fire for using the Japanese flag emoji on Korea's Independence Day.

On the 15th, Tiffany posted a photo of herself, Sooyoung, and Yuri in Japan at SM Town's Tokyo show. Accompanying the photo was the caption "Babes" along with the Japanese flag emoji and the heart emoji. Although she almost certainly used the Japanese flag emoji to indicate that they were in Japan, the emoticon was just in bad timing as August 15th is Korea's Independence Day - in other words, the day that celebrates Korea's independence from Japan.


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While the emoji would have probably not even been an issue on any other day, netizens were furious at Tiffany's choice of emoji, demanding to know if she knew what day it was. Perhaps in response to all the criticism, Tiffany has now edited the post so there is no caption. Some fans have come to her aid to say she actually posted the photo very late on the 14th, while others claim it was very early on the 15th. Others also contended that she probably hadn't remembered that it was the 15th.

The situation, however, worsened more because of Tiffany's Snapchat. The caption 'Tokyo Japan' uses the rising sun flag, a flag that is symbolic of the Japanese empire and a painful reminder of the cruelty of the Japanese rule over Korea. The pattern would have been a problem even not on Korea's Independence Day, but it seems to have been even more offending because she posted on August 15th.

What do you think of the situation?

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MREV12 Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Just heard that Snapchat removed the flag out.

BigBlueagain Tuesday, August 23, 2016

anotherSONE BigBlueagain Tuesday, August 23, 2016

oh they forgot alot more about her promoting South Korean

BigBlueagain anotherSONE Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I know. I just found this and had to post it.

blahblahblahblah BigBlueagain Tuesday, August 30, 2016

could you please do something about this idiot?

http://www.allkpop. com/article/2016/08/tiffany-under-fire-for-using-the-japanese-flag-emoticon-rising-sun-flag-on-koreas-independence-day/3152832-2014693

i hope the link works, though. if it doesn't work, please look for the conversation i've been having with the idiot. thanks. :)

blahblahblahblah BigBlueagain Friday, September 16, 2016

there is another idiot who doesnt understand koreans claim is bullshit. if he STILL comes back, you might want to drop a comment to make him realize he is wrong.

http://www.allkpop. com/buzz/2016/08/if-this-law-passes-doing-what-tiffany-did-might-put-you-in-jail/3156100-2027762

shmobo Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pretty sure the company that employs her scheduled this event around a korean holiday. Her job is to perform and promote the group for her company to the fans in the country they are currently in.

shmobo Tuesday, August 23, 2016

So are all koreans going to boycott the olympics in 4 years because it will take place during korean independence

shootsG Saturday, August 20, 2016

Snapchat removed the flag for good.

raeny9 Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does no one notice that it looks more like a Snapchat filter thing?

parkkkkwp raeny9 Friday, August 19, 2016

yea i think there's someone who reported on snapchat and it was said they remove it already

miguelish2 Wednesday, August 17, 2016

She should be more coreful, i can understand how korean netizen feel because i feel bad when someone use the nazi´s cross symbol, even when is because of ignorance.

keilt3 miguelish2 Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Actually the two flag can't be compared. The nazi cross was created to represent an ideology and was used as the national flag only under the third reich for three years while the rising sun flag was created in 1870 and doesn't represent an ideology or a regime. Now it represent good fortune and tradition. It reminds korean and chinese about what Japan have done to them but isn't related to the nazi flag.

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Thursday, September 8, 2016

It is NOT the same thing. Geeze people please get your facts straight and quit buying in to the propaganda.

miguelish2 BigBlueagain Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Arguments? no? OK

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My "arguments" are all over this and every other thread about Tiffany. Lazy much?

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Wednesday, September 14, 2016

And yet another uneducated intentionally ignorant brainwashed fetus heard from.

miguelish2 BigBlueagain Wednesday, September 14, 2016

So lazyness + no argument and still trying to be right, you sure are a good student

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Student? Bitch I'm the teacher. Try again. And get up off your lazy proverbial ass and find the answers I've posted instead of sitting here like the moron you are saying "uuuuuh you didn't say nuffin". Idiot.

miguelish2 BigBlueagain Friday, September 16, 2016

Sure, sure, you are a teacher and im Cristiano Ronaldo, but dont tell anyone.

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Friday, September 16, 2016

You don't know the history of that flag OR the flag's you're comparing them to. You don't know Korean history or you'd know that the Koreans have done MUCH worse to themselves. You don't know world history or you'd know how this situation contributed to the rise of the Third Reich. So far all you've been able to show is what you DON'T know and how proud of how stupid you are. Class dismissed.

miguelish2 BigBlueagain Friday, September 16, 2016

Man you dont get it? Koreans (Tiffany is korean btw) feel bad when they see ising sun flag. For them is just a bad memery and they felt that any korean who support that flag is because of ignorance. Get it now sensei? In this article we never discussed about history and who was right, we discussed about how korean people felt. Well hope this leasson will be helpful for you. Btw try to convence people without insulting them because when you do that, you just show how lost you are. Well. see you i cant help you anymore, if you didnt understand aftes this explanation, well i wont waste more of my time with you, so cya.

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Friday, September 16, 2016

God are you REALLY this stupid? They have no right to persecute her the way they have BECAUSE of their history. At least pretend you're trying to keep up. Oh and in spite of the fact she's lived most of her life in Korea, she is still a Cali girl and considers herself American. Her house in California and her constant communication with her brother and sister are proof of that.

BigBlueagain miguelish2 Friday, September 16, 2016

OH and please just keep your word and don't reply. Quit while you're behind. Your stupidity is starting to make my eyes hurt.

memosoto Wednesday, August 17, 2016

For god's sake, its just a flag, korea needs to move on!

Skylar_Grey memosoto Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another one who don't understand anything 😤

memosoto Skylar_Grey Thursday, August 18, 2016

I'm from Mexico, we have been invaded by Spain, France, United States and so more, so yeah i understand

1Minoz memosoto Friday, August 19, 2016

You didn't get ruled by the brutal Japanese. Google Japanese war crimes.

memosoto 1Minoz Friday, August 19, 2016

Spain killed 80% of the Mexican population and burried all the cities and build a new one... so.. yup

1Minoz memosoto Friday, August 19, 2016

It's not Korean or Jews or African Americans' problems if Mexicans don't feel sensitive about their dark history.

memosoto 1Minoz Friday, August 19, 2016

keyword: HISTORY

blahblahblahblah 1Minoz Friday, August 19, 2016

why dont you watch these videos and educate yourself? so you won't look stupid in the future. Japanese Navy Enters Pearl Harbor Flying The Rising Sun https:/ / com/watch?v=Hf9BTncUZqY Japan’s Navy Rising Sun Flag
https:// com/watch?v=ohxrCFihqYs
koreans didnt care about the flag until this incident.
www. japanprobe. com/2011/.../south-korean-soccer-player-mocks-japanese-monkeys
koreans started to hate on the flag after this. they had to hate on it to defend that stupid man. by the way, taiwan and other asian countries also went through the same thing during ww2 and yet they arent anti-japan like korea is. taiwan and some countries are even pro japan now. you know why?because they aren't educated to hate on japan like koreans. so, stop with korea has a reason bullshit.

memosoto blahblahblahblah Friday, August 19, 2016

i dont know if you are talking to me (?)

1Minoz blahblahblahblah Friday, August 19, 2016

Korea didn't care about the rising sun flag? You must be kidding, how many Korean and Chinese celebs were under fire for wearing clothes with that flag?

1Minoz blahblahblahblah Friday, August 19, 2016

It's been known Koreans hate Japanese due past history. You must be new to kpop.

1Minoz blahblahblahblah Friday, August 19, 2016

What stupid man are you referring to?

Beldandie memosoto Friday, August 19, 2016

como latinoamericana te lo digo ¡no entendes nada!

blahblahblahblah 1Minoz Saturday, August 20, 2016

did you even watch the videos and read the story i posted in my previous comment?
https:/ / com/watch?v=Hf9BTncUZqY
https:// com/watch?v=ohxrCFihqYs
www. japanprobe. com/2011/.../south-korean-soccer-player-mocks-japanese-monkeys
get back to me if you can find proof of koreans hating on that flag in 2005 - 2010.

blahblahblahblah memosoto Saturday, August 20, 2016


keilt3 blahblahblahblah Tuesday, August 23, 2016

your 100% right but I have the feeling you are talking to a wall.

BigBlueagain 1Minoz Thursday, September 8, 2016

That hatred is due more to a Korean bigotry than history. Historically, the people who have treated the Korean people most viciously have been... the Korean people. Look up Brothers Home and we'll talk. And that's just the starting point.

suzy_06 Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I'm not a fan but I really think all the hate is a bit too much. Nobody's perfect you know. She probably didn't do this with the intention of mocking Korea. She's apologized and I'm sure she regrets ever posting it. Just let it go for goodness sake

renyrells Wednesday, August 17, 2016

so an american posted a picture of a japanese flag and now south korea is angry?

1Minoz renyrells Friday, August 19, 2016

It's not the current Japanese flag. Chinese and Koreans are sensitive about the imperial Japanese flag like African Americans are with the Confederate flag. Doesn't matter she is American, she's promoting in Korea. You don't go to Korea or China carrying the rising sun flag.

BigBlueagain 1Minoz Thursday, September 8, 2016

It IS the current Japanese flag. It's used for their Navy. AND it was flying on ships that sailed right next to Korean ships AND has been berthed at the Inchon docks. This whole thing is bigoted and hypocritical.

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