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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Friday, November 16, 2018

Representative from Big Hit Entertainment visits Korean victims of atomic bombing to apologize in person

On November 16 at approximately 1 PM KST, a representative from Big Hit Entertainment visited Hapcheon county, an area commonly known as "the Korean Hiroshima" and the residence of over 70% of South Korea's atomic bomb victims.



A chief director of Big Hit Entertainment, director Lee Jin Hyung, held a private meeting with approximately 10 individuals from the Korea Atomic Bombs Victim Association on this day, stating,"We felt that it was necessary to apologize in person to atomic bomb victims who may have been inflicted emotional pain. While we did not intend for any harm, if there is anyone whom we caused emotional pain as a result of the shirt which contained an image of the bombing, we sincerely apologize."

To the media present, Lee Jin Hyung relayed, "This is a place where we wanted to offer our personal apologies to the association and to the bombing victims, not a place meant for the media," and refrained from any further comments.

After the meeting, representatives from the association remarked, "The victims of the bombing understand and empathize with the ongoing series of events."

As many of you know, the issue above began recently when Japanese media outlets denounced BTS member Jimin for wearing a shirt which depicted themes related to Korea's liberation from Japan, including an image of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.





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Fan_from_India Friday, November 16, 2018 4
Friday, November 16, 2018

As an artist there are certain protocols which they are supposed to follow. In few incidents artists address the issue directly whereas in certain cases their representatives do the needful. And the above controversy definitely needed their Reps to address. There are many people saying Big Hit is not Jimin's Mom.....well to them, it does not work that way. Such situations is handled after having various meetings with the firm's top honchos, artists, legal team etc.,

Its not like one wakes up one morning and goes on apologizing spree.

The world would be perfect if things were that easy and transparent. Moreover those who may have felt uncomfortable with this act have wholeheartedly accepted the apology and I dont understand why few people are still having an issue.


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latam_kpop Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

That's the thing, most of fans doesn't understand or don't want to understand that, not matter how much your faves praise creativity freedom or stuff like that, they are under a contract with a label and technically they are employees, even more as an artist, public exposure is a double edge weapon. I agree in this case, as Jimin's label, Big Hit is responsable of handling his image, even if you like it or not.

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

I completely disagree, this is nothing but a facade. It doesn't matter if it's company protocol nobody should be allowed to be put on a pedal stool. But of course it's much easier for the artist to hide behind the company, I'm Korean and these type of shady dealing in Korea occur all the time. Where the little voices are overshadowed by the big bully in the playground.

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botmy Friday, November 16, 2018 27
Friday, November 16, 2018

idk maybe yall should already stop with your narrative ''Jimin needs to apologize !!!11!1!1one''

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Why it was a insensitive remark HE should be apologising?

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cpttsubasa Friday, November 16, 2018 25
Friday, November 16, 2018

Tell that to the japanese victims. I dont need him to apologize, but I can understand why people are concerned about him for not standing up to his mistakes. Everyone should have the freedom to condemn his cowardly behaviour.


On the other hand that chief director of BigHit seems like a good person. He really tries his best to make up for the pain oppas action has caused. That chief director is a woke person, unlike some certain someones, who dont even know what kind of fashion they wear.


Is BigHit a listed company? Maybe I should buy some stocks.

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Blue1 Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

What I want to see is "A Japanese government representative visits Korean and Chinese comfort women to apologize in person for all the sh*t they did to them".

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Sera_L Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Not to mention Filipino, Dutch, & Indonesian comfort women. Some of them got pregnant years agp and their descendants still live until today, carrying Japanese blood within them. They never get proper compensation nor apology.

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nomanymore Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

They visited Japanese association on the 13th too. Bighit took this srly i'm thankful.

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Seriously? You are joking right ? This is nothing but a slap across the face to those victims.

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renapxn Friday, November 16, 2018 6
Friday, November 16, 2018

Any former Imperial Japanese soldiers going to go visit the victims of their atrocities during WW2 and apologise?

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mamarsha Friday, November 16, 2018 3
Friday, November 16, 2018

it is getting really annoying how people try to deflect from a situation by bringing up another one. what the hell does the Japanese soldiers have anything to do with this? So he shouldn't apologize just because the Japanese soldiers won't??????? how does that make any sense?

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renapxn Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

It's a double standard, that's why. And it's not a deflection, especially considering one is a T-SHIRT (not an actual act of violence) and the other was the lives of millions of people raped, tortured, murdered and experimented on.

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

Has anyone educated enough have worn something that displays those horrific incidents?

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renapxn Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

The Japanese refuse to acknowledge that their soldiers in WW2 raped, tortured, murdered and experimented on millions of innocent men, women and children. I find that more offensive and horrific than a t-shirt.

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StCatMouse Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

The PR firm they have contracted (or is this internal?) is doing a helluva job with damage control so far.

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msia Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

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8_8 Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Am I the only who is more shocked by "patriotism" written everywhere than the pic of the atomic bomb itself ? just give me your thoughts

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pink_oracle Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

Shouldn't Jimin have gone, he wore the shirt.

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Kurapikaaa Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

I don't approve of Jimin's shirt at all, but I believe they may have decided to not send him due to safety concerns.

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Kunii Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Think having the management apologize is a more appropriate thing to do. I rmb a similar situation happened with Tzuyu when she was given a Taiwan flag by the staff to wave during the show. But for JYP they made an underage Tzuyu apologize in a video instead.

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myoongi Friday, November 16, 2018 6
Friday, November 16, 2018

I just wanna know, how jimin was suppose to know what the shirt said when he can't even read English ???

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mamarsha Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

that sounds like a personal problem. idk why he wearing something that he wouldn't understand

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myoongi Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

because he wants to? I don't think he intended on doing harm but yea, he should apologize.

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mamarsha Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

sure yeah. and you see what happens when people do what they want don’t you? that’s definitely a practical excuse sure.

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

Therefore he should apologise for both his lack of education and the inappropriate remarks.

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MunchieMinx Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

There is a BTS stylist out there somewhere now that is just SO SO fired. . .

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uwuw Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

DKDKTV covered this topic recently very well. Should check them out

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Kosmo_Lap (Banned) Friday, November 16, 2018 5
Friday, November 16, 2018

I thought the issue was about making the Japanese upset? If so, why is the label apologizing to the Korean victims of the bombs?

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botmy Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

bcs its not about making japan happy, its about apologizing to those who been/might have been hurt by the incident

another korean article stated they also visited and apologized to japanese victims

source:

https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=214&aid=00008...

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2fat Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

They are apologizing because the shirt is offensive.

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nomanymore Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

They apologied to those who were truly the victims and were hurt, both Korean and Japanese.

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Kurapikaaa Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Jimin is not a child. He is a grown man. The amount of people who perceives him as an innocent little boy who was just doing what adults told him to do is very disturbing to me. I'm sure it's disturbing for him too.

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hiroonakamura Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

only a dumbass would wear a shirt that is indirectly mocking people who died in the atomic bomb bombings

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Kurapikaaa Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

The ARMY is all over those articles downvoting everyone who criticise Jimin. They talk like Jimin is a little boy who doesn't know what an atomic bomb is and was only wearing that shirt because an adult told him too. He ain't a child, he's a grown man. The way they perceive him as a child is so cringy.

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mamarsha Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

since when does sending a representative make up for what another person did? idk why Jimin isn't the one doing this

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Wow that's a bit insensitive why isn't the individual who did the damage apologise? It's like the lawyer of the murderer apologising to the victims.

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MemoQ Friday, November 16, 2018 8
Friday, November 16, 2018

I'm sorry but the member should be the one that apologize! He's not 8 years old child who did wrong so his mom will go apologize instead of him!

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botmy Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

same as above:

victims themselves accepted their apology who are you to still demand it?

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justice_society Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

Of course they will accept it. It's a big bully overshadowing the voices of the little people.

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MemoQ Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

What did you expect? They'll say no? While knowing if they did Japan will be happy and it will harm those victims who are still fighting for their rights.

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msia Friday, November 16, 2018 1
Friday, November 16, 2018

And should the war criminal Japan apologise for their war crimes???

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MemoQ Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

They should, how is that related to the issue? The member wear a damn shirt the with AB on it that killed thousands and effected millions negatively, still he didn't apologize!!!!

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shy_kpop_girl Friday, November 16, 2018 2
Friday, November 16, 2018

He's not but I deal sympathize to how sheltered idols lead their lives. It's fifferent from mainstream artista where thry move out of their parents's homes at a young age to become trainees. And then that's basically all they do. I also think listening yo both Koreans and non-Koreans who visited and lived in Korea the image of the shirt is somewhat common ground and well... they just aren't aware of the implications. I think it's obvious BigHit & BTS have learned a valuable lesson and that's what matters. Their intent was not meant to hurt & I believe that.

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dahyessi Friday, November 16, 2018 10
Friday, November 16, 2018

lmao jimin should be the one doing all of this

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botmy Friday, November 16, 2018 8
Friday, November 16, 2018

victims themselves accepted their apology who are you to still demand it?

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dahyessi Friday, November 16, 2018 7
Friday, November 16, 2018

This is all media play that big hit is pulling to make bts look good after acting like nothing was wrong and y'all dumb armys take whatever bs big hit gives you just to justify your oppa behavior.

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msia Friday, November 16, 2018 0
Friday, November 16, 2018

And you do all the preaching. You the Almighty???

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