Aug 18, 2016

    K-pop idol slammed for post with Japanese flag


    GIRLS' Generation member Tiffany has upset netizens with a post on social media.

    The K-pop star caused a stir over two photos posted after a Tokyo concert on Sunday, the day before South Korea's National Liberation Day.

    The singer was denounced for using the Japanese flag emoticon on Instagram and a filter with the rising sun flag which is seen as a symbol of Japanese imperialism on her Snapchat account.

    Tiffany posted an apology on her Instagram saying: "I am sorry for causing trouble on such a meaningful day. I am very embarrassed and regretful about my mistake, I will be more considerate next time."

    Despite her apology, anger from netizens persisted with comments, from "Do you think a letter can solve everything?" to "Just leave Korea".

    An official at an entertainment agency recently cautioned celebrities about how they welcome National Liberation Day as the slightest mistake can get netizens riled up.

    "What seems to be nothing, can trigger a bad outcome," an industry official was quoted by as saying.

    In contrast to Tiffany, singers Jun Hyo Seong, Bada and DIA as well as actors Lee Ki Woo and Han Ji Min were praised.

    Jun posted a photo on her Instagram showing her wearing a butterfly bracelet that symbolises the Korean comfort women who suffered under Japanese colonialism. She wrote: "It is National Liberation Day. Thank you, I will not forget."

    Bada posted a short clip on her Instagram, saying: "Our current happiness is all due to the sacrifice of patriotic martyrs. I will live with gratitude."

    Lee and Han posted pictures of themselves with South Korean flags.