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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
liime_arix 9th-Sep-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Isn't he wearing the emblems associated with the uniform? It might not be a big deal if he didn't wear them, but they hold as much meaning as the swastika armband.
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Exactly. There are small differences, but it's clearly meant to be an SS uniform.
yuuki_saya 9th-Sep-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
It's clearly bad guy meant to be beaten by good guy. And the uniform is rather random.
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
There is torture like what the Nazis did, so I doubt the uniform was that random. Even if it was, I don't see how that makes it right. Using Nazis as generic bad guys is completely tasteless, as they were much more and they affected real people.
yuuki_saya 9th-Sep-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Get real. You really didn't get anything.
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
What do you mean? The video was not that complex, and I understood what was happening in it perfectly (except for some of Koki's English xD). What am I not getting?
yuuki_saya 9th-Sep-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
For the startes - I doubt that anybody anywhere had anything with Nazis in mind while designing the uniform. More - it's more similar to ones I saw in Africa and South America, but nah, what I know...

Second - nobody's denying Nazi were bad and Jewish were their target number 1. But I happen to become to their target number 2, so what I know about bad guys...

Third - Jewish don't have the monopoly for being traumatized by WWII. Like 6 millions of my own nation (by Nazi and Soviet armies) was nothing... (that's the point I'm very mad)

Fourth - this video gives simple message. But we're not here to talk about artistic value but to argue over being offended by cap and one part of uniform.

Fifth - I'm really tired of this. Koki did great job, this PV is something new and interesting and all people can say is that he's Nazi... Just don't watch it.
liime_arix 9th-Sep-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Then why the nazi emblems? Or are they just coincidences.
boncoup 9th-Sep-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
MTE.
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