Last week, a BTS performance on Japanese TV show Music Station was cancelled after a shirt worn by one of the group's members last year was deemed offensive. On Tuesday (November 13), the chart-topping Korean acts's label and management company, BigHit Entertainment, issued a statement apologizing and taking responsibility for the snafu.
Whether or not the cancellation was merely about the design of a shirt is being debated by both experts and fans, as Japan's relationship with K-pop has run hot-and-cold over the years. Regardless, BigHit wanted to let fans everywhere know they acknowledge any potential offenses and hope to make it clear their intention is never to upset or hurt anyone.
In the statement, which has been translated by fans online, BigHit also addresses past BTS wardrobe and prop controversies, including allegations that member RM wore a hat in a 2015 photoshoot with a symbol that resembled a Nazi swastika.
According to Metro News, the fan translation of the statement apparently reads, "BigHit does not support war, nor atomic bombs, and that BigHit does not, and will not in the future either, intend to hurt/scar those who were affected by the dropping of the atomic bomb."
The statement continues, "BigHit does not support radical, totalitarian, extremist groups, including Nazis, and is against it. BigHit clearly states that there was never an intention, and never will be an intention in the future either, to scar/hurt the victims and those who were affected by such political groups."
The statement also includes an apology: "We could like to sincerely/truly apologize for causing any unintended scars to those who were affected by the atomic bomb, and those who felt uncomfortable with seeing the artist in relation with the atomic bomb image."
BigHit aren't the only ones speaking out. At BTS' sold-out concert at Japan's Tokyo Dome on Tuesday, member Jimin touched on the issues as well.
"It saddens me to think that not only you, ARMY, but many people around the world must've been surprised recently because of the many circumstances,” he said to the crowd.
"I believe there will be many more opportunities for us to meet each other. I won't be able to forget my first Tokyo Dome performance with you today. I'm so happy to be with you guys, ARMY. I hope you feel happy seeing us too."