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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
wicked_seraph 9th-Sep-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Hold the fuck up.

You are not German. You don't know how it is to have always this stupid 'Nazi-Image'.

My mother is German. She's had people over here make incredibly offensive "heil" gestures towards her (to which she responded by slapping the person who made it). My grandfather fought against Americans in WWII. I'm half-German, for crying out loud, and others have considered that fair-game for making all kinds of delightful commentary. I've had an ignorant family friend suggest that my sister and I go "marry another Nazi" as soon as he found out we were German.

Here's the thing though: this doesn't give me, or you, a license to be dismissive towards those whose families have suffered due to the Holocaust. I understand that it sucks, a lot, for some people to still assume that German = Nazi, but it's small potatoes compared to what millions of people suffered back then, and still suffer now. It's absolutely nothing - and honestly, if this is the worst that you or I have to deal with after something that horrific, we ought to consider ourselves fortunate. Other nationalities and ethnicities have not been lucky. Your complete insensitivity and lack of concern is embarrassing.

PS: No, Germans don't cry about it, but that's not an excuse to brush it off. My mother was one of the first people to point out that yo, that picture on your Dir en grey t-shirt is a Nazi, and you better fucking throw it away.
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