K-Pop Star Chaeyoung Apologizes For Wearing Swastika Symbol T-Shirt
K-pop star Chaeyoung is under fire after wearing a t-shirt with a swastika on it.
The 23-year-old member of girl group Twice has posted an apology on instagram after sharing a photo of her wearing a shirt that included the hate symbol appropriated by Adolf Hitler and the German Nazi Party.
“Hello, this is Chaeyoung from TWICE. I sincerely apologize for the Instagram post. I didn’t correctly recognize the meaning of the slanted swastika in the t-shirt I was wearing,” Chaeyoung shared on Tuesday.
In the photo deleted sinceChaeyoung posed in the shirt depicting Sid Vicious of punk rock band Sex Pistols, wearing what appears to be a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt.
THE Anti-Defamation League regards the swastika as “the most prominent and notorious symbol of hatred, anti-Semitism and white supremacy for most of the world outside of Asia” since 1945.
“I deeply apologize for not reviewing it thoroughly, which caused concern,” Chaeyoung wrote of the photo. “I will be absolutely careful in the future to prevent a similar situation from happening again. Sincerely apologize again.
Amid the star’s apology, some Twitter users recently drew attention to the South Korean artist wearing a T-shirt with the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we all go.”
The slogan refers to the far-right political movement that entered the political sphere in 2017.
QAnon theorists are known for circulating extreme conspiracy theories to justify former President Donald Trump.
The theories are “an amalgamation of new and well-established conspiracy theories, with marked undertones of anti-Semitism, anti-LGBTQ+ hate, and anti-immigrant bias,” according to the ADL.
One Twitter user wrote, “Antisemitism in kpop is way too overlooked. Chaeyoung wearing a q-anon AND a Nazi shirt two days in a row, BOTH ARE ANTI-SMETTIC, STOP hiding this and be careful of her OWN clothes.
“Not only has chaeyoung worn this shirt once, but she owns it and has worn it more than once. and this shirt is extremely hard to get…it’s not something you get for $5 in a gift shop or something. it’s mind blowing and disgusting,” another said.
On the other hand, several of Chaeyoung’s nearly 9 million Instagram followers have stepped in to accept the star’s apology.
Some fans commented on the viral post with forgiving messages including “Don’t worry, we believe you” and “I forgive you” alongside heart emojis.