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10:57 am - 09/09/2012

Koki's Nazi uniform causes controversy

Tanaka Koki, member of the popular Johnny's idol group, KAT-TUN, has been stirring up some controvery recently as his new PV "Black or White" was leaked on to the internet. So what's the big deal? Some netizens are upset that Koki is dressed in full, Nazi uniform. The full PV can be viewed here.

To be specific, Koki sports the notorious SS black uniform, which was used from 1932 to 1934 in Nazi Germany. The SS uniform was worn specifically by people who worked in concentration camps and closest to the Third Reich. The PV features him dancing in the Nazi garb, while switching between scenes of him being experimented on. The SS was also notorious for conducting horrendous "medical experiments" on many Jews in concentration camps.

Koki's uniform shows off several Nazi era paraphernalia, including:

The Third Reich Eagle Emblem 

The Third Reich government adopted the eagle as a national symbol (Hoheitszeichen), in common with previous German governments and several other European countries. Originally, the design was to show the eagle's head facing to its right when used as a national symbol, and to its left when used as a Nazi Party symbol, but this convention was not always followed. The eagle's claws were to grasp a wreath of oak leaves surrounding a swastika.

The Iron Cross

The Iron Cross was used as the symbol of the German Army from 1871 to March/April 1918, when it was replaced by a simpler Greek cross. In 1956, the Iron Cross resumed its German military usage, as it became the symbol of the Bundeswehr, the modern German armed forces. 

However, the Nazi swastika band cannot be seen on his arm. 

Many netizens have voiced their concerns over the PV, including:

"That PV is disgusting, not only the SS uniform but also the experiment bits...Japanese groups have been called out for this shit before, he must've known. This is a disgusting grab for attention and it will work,"

"lol i don't get why you are all reacting so badly. okay well i do, but it's been done before and it shouldn't be a huge deal anymore. vk bands have dressed up with the actual nazi-swastika attached to their costume. for years and years and years."

It is widely known that the Japanese were allied with Germany during World War 2. However, many Japanese are still uneducated on the full extent of the atrocities done by the Axis Powers during the war.

Sources: 1, 2
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blahblah 9th-Sep-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
If anyone cared to watch the PV, they will see that it depicts the evil/bad guy versus the hero/good guy. And what can depict evil itself more than nazi to our world !? Satan itself isn't bad enough in people's eyes...

Edited at 2012-09-09 04:44 pm (UTC)
shiharipanda 9th-Sep-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Said everything.
seelenlicht 9th-Sep-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Lol. I'm from Germany and I didn't think about it even for a second until I've read this article.
God I seriously wonder when people will be over it, it gets annoying. (reminds me also about the whole scandal with Sho and his hand movement)

Awesome pv is awesome, and seriously...let's face it: This guy just has a fetish for Uniforms. (he was wearing nearly the same one in the chain concerts too)
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Why should we get over it? I'm Jewish, and it really bothers me when people take the Holocaust so lightly. It's not just the uniforms, it also him being experimented on that makes it so awful. If it doesn't bother you, that's fine, but please respect that it does upset others and don't tell us to get over it.
lovekame02 9th-Sep-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
trolololololololol XD
I really don't think Koki knew what that uniform is about, I didn't even knew it myself and my country has a long history with the Nazi...
If anyone is to be blamed then that's the desinger XD
Other than that I enjoyed the PV and Koki :P

Edited at 2012-09-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm really sensitive to this sort of stuff so I'm not going to watch the video, but he's really getting experimented on in it? Yeah, that can't even be defended as he just thinks it looks cool and doesn't know the history (which I don't like as an excuse either). That's seriously disgusting :\
vivibm 9th-Sep-2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
The post is wrong. yeah there is an experiment, but there are 2 characters, the "black koki" and the "white". They are separate !
The PV denounces what nazism did, not the contrary.
lovebum4life 9th-Sep-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
what a dumbasss

video looks hot tho
glider 9th-Sep-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
so why did this need to be a PV concept at all

I guess the real problem here is that maybe his costume is too accurate? they really could've just left off the Iron Cross or the small details on the hat and it would've still showed the idea that it's meant to emulate Nazis (representing evil). this type of imagery tends to make people extremely uncomfortable, though AFAIK Japan isn't exactly the best at teaching global history so I feel that they put much less emphasis culturally on the institution of Nazism.

Edited at 2012-09-09 05:03 pm (UTC)
a_cheshire_grin 9th-Sep-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, all of this.

There is no need to make a PV concept out of such a sensitive subject.
There are other ways of portraying bad guys (it happens in PVs and movies all the time).

But dressing up like a Nazi, singing and dancing around in this uniform to entertain your fans is just tasteless, in my eyes.
baboy_19 9th-Sep-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
lol..Tell that to the costume designer.. XD
katzsong 9th-Sep-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
eevaleena 9th-Sep-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Uhhh... why did I even click on this. I told myself not watch KAT-TUN and Koki new PV and also the songs from their single until the official release date. Which, I still haven't. But, I'll say what I think once I watch it on the release date ^^
seelenlicht 9th-Sep-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Haha. Well you see. The pvs aren't even released officially and yet we already have the drama.
Great job lord.
yokomyyama Faster than I thought.9th-Sep-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I wondered how long it would take before somebody started complaining about the uniform. People can't be satisfied no matter what. Like somebody already said: "it is part of the good vs evil concept" Still...people that are offended have a right to feel offended. People that are not offended have a right to ask WTF?! and then go on with their lives. He could have been completely naked and somebody still would have complained. Not me...but somebody.
star_chuu Re: Faster than I thought.10th-Sep-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
i prefer naked Koki anytime of the day too btw
uledy 9th-Sep-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Very poor choice in concept and costume, especially done by someone from an Axis nation...yikes...

But for real, this's so fucking bad. The dancing, the acting, the wind machine, the comical and random Black guy...I can't even...

nekobot01 9th-Sep-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)

The whole thing looks like it cost 50 cents plus the rental fee on the Nazi uniform from the History Channel.
mele_3_4 9th-Sep-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think Koki is a Nazi supporter or anything like that but I think depicting the evil vs good concept in a pv that contains Nazi themes was incredibly inappropriate. I think they were just using it to represent a renown symbol of evil within the history of humanity but even if there was no ill-intent, it makes me uncomfortable that they reduced an actual piece of history to a cheap pv plot. They could have gotten the message across without the Nazi symbolism but instead they used references to a real regime with real victims. Victims of the holocaust were not able to overcome the evil of the Nazi regime with their own pureness or goodness and it is insulting to their pain and suffering to reduce it to a movie concept.
yuuki_saya 9th-Sep-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
The thing is, that very probably (I'm not a specialist, but I can assume) only 2 elements of this uniform can be linked to Nazi. Other parts are like taken from South America or North Africa higher officer. Very randomly.
daika91 9th-Sep-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
kokiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!! fuck sexy pv! >w< it's no nazi dear ahahah hyphens forever#<3
And you don't like?? don't watch eheheh ^^
gacchiri 9th-Sep-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
... lol
nekobot01 9th-Sep-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Ugh. What the fuck? I could get through 1:30.

First of all: The song is played out rap-rock and the choreography is really boring.

But leaving that aside for the moment, this PV looks like somebody wanted to mix Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" with a reductivist take on "Good v. Evil" and decided to borrow Prince Harry's Halloween costume from a few years ago to stick Koki in.

The whole thing with an "evil" black guy is so tired that it's hard to get angry about it...

Is Koki a Nazi? No.

Is this a lazy and cheap-looking PV? Yes.

Should the costume designer probably not have picked a Nazi uniform off the rack? Definitely, but I can only assume there was no money to design an original costume.

KATTUN is really scraping the bottom of the creativity barrel. Johnny should just put them out of their misery and let Kame just pursue his acting, like Toma does. We'd all be happier.
kame09 10th-Sep-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Uhm sorry but no lol
fauxparadiso 9th-Sep-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't care about differing opinions about this outfit, but anyone who says "Just get over it" is ignorant and disgustingly insensitive. It hasn't even been 100 years since WWII occured. That means there are still survivors or direct descendants of those who were subjugated to Nazi rule.

You don't get to negate other peoples' experiences just because time has passed.
Tanja Krueger 9th-Sep-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry but...
You are not German. You don't know how it is to have always this stupid 'Nazi-Image'.
Really, it's tiring and annoying.
I'm not disrespectful and I don't say people should be over it..
But what has the stuff to do with a UNIFORM?!
It's similar but it's not the same.
Should I cry around now about every army uniform? You even know what American has done in Germany in the war?
No, Germans don't cry around because of it... We think it's horrible what happens but to make a drama about a UNIFORM!!
It's so annoying.
ih8je 9th-Sep-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)

well well well

looks like someone is desperate for attention with a cheap, crappy, Nazi imitating PV.

it doesn't matter a flop will always be a flop.
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