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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
bleed_peroxide 9th-Sep-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
You are not German. You don't know how it is to have always this stupid 'Nazi-Image'.

I am German. Well, 'scuse me, German mother and American father. My Opa fought for Germany in the war - not as a Nazi, but one of the unlucky kids enlisted during that time who just so happened to despite Hitler. I've been labeled a "Nazi". I've had people go "heil, Hitler" at me when they find out my lineage. Yeah, it fucking sucks. Yeah, I fucking hate that decades later, Germany is still synonymous with "Nazi" in a lot of people's eyes.

That annoyance for any of us is absolutely nothing compared to what millions went through. Nothing we go through will ever compare to what they endured, and honestly, I hope nobody forgets it. I hope that nobody will ever just brush off the fact that the Holocause happened, and anyone who is offended by this has every right to be angry and upset. The artist did this for no better than reason than liking the uniforms and liking the visceral reaction it creates in people.

Shut the fuck up and sit down. Don't you dare tell anyone that ~oh it's annoying~ that Nazi uniforms are still connected with the atrocities of the Holocaust and that, gee whiz, it still upsets people. It's ~annoying~ when people like you just brush it off and willfully ignore the suffering connected with those images.
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