August 16, 2016 12:18
Tiffany of manufactured combo Girls' Generation is under fire for posting a message featuring a Japanese imperial flag on Korea's Liberation Day.
The rising-sun flag is symbolic for many of Japanese atrocities in the first half of the 20th century and banned even in Japan, though Japan's Self-Defense Forces began using a modified form in 1954 featuring eight red sunbeams instead of 16.
Posting it on a day when Korea celebrated its liberation from Japanese rule seems exceptionally daft even for an unlettered pop starlet from America.
Engulfed by a predictable Twitterstorm, Tiffany deleted the message and posted a handwritten apology saying she was "ashamed and embarrassed" and promised to "reflect on her action," a stock phrase.
Outraged netizens demanded a deeper bow and more sincerity, which was not forthcoming.
The Korean dance troupe, which makes a lot of money from Japanese fans, also came under fire in 2009 over an album jacket featuring an airplane that resembled the Japanese Zero fighter plane of World War II.
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