Chaeyoung from TWICE 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
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Chaeyoung, a member of K-pop girl group Twice, has apologized on Instagram for wearing a T-shirt with a swastika on it. Her top featured Sid Vicious, who in turn wore a shirt with a swastika on it, not uncommon in the 1970s punk scene of the time.
The singer received massive criticism for her garment and explained in a statement that she had not recognized the symbol and its meaning and would be more careful in the future.
Also her label JYP Entertainment commented on the incident: “Regarding Chaeyoung’s Instagram post, we sincerely apologize for not correctly understanding the meaning of the swastika on the shirt. We deeply apologize for not checking it out thoroughly on the label’s side and as such we are entirely responsible for this situation. In this regard, we will be particularly vigilant in the future to prevent such a situation from repeating itself from our side as well.”
The swastika is a roughly 10,000-year-old, worldwide cross symbol with four equally angled arms. Angled explicitly to the right, it has been called a swastika in Germany since the 18th century. Since the 19th century it has stood for the “Aryan race” and anti-Semitism and became a Nazi symbol. It was banned in 1945 with the end of Hitler’s Germany.
Anti-semetism in kpop is way too overlooked. Chaeyoung wearing a q-anon AND a nazi shirt two days in a row, BOTH BEING ANTI SEMETIC, STOP hiding this and mind you these her OWN clothes pic.twitter.com/YMYcUFgTiT
— nar (@nrknation) March 21, 2023
Chaeyoung was criticized a few days ago after she performed at a performance of their band wore a QAnon t-shirt on March 18th. QAnon is a right-wing extremist, conspiracy ideological and anti-Semitic group originating from the USA since 2017. Part of her motto “Where we go one we go all” can also be seen on Chaeyoung’s top. So far she has not commented on it.
With six million albums sold worldwide, Twice is one of the most successful K-pop girl groups.