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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
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
yhchan 10th-Sep-2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
+1 :)))
ilovekat_tun 10th-Sep-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
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.

NO. There's no fan out there who would be happy.
chopper 16th-Sep-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
well you obviously dont know anything about tanaka koki at all
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