Okay-Pop Star Sowon’s Management Apologizes for Her Nazi Mannequin Photos

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Okay-pop star Sowon’s administration crew apologized on Monday for photographs that includes the favored GFriend lady group member posing lovingly with a model dressed as a Nazi soldier.

Sowon, 25, had posted the photographs of herself snuggling as much as the Nazi-costumed dummy to her Instagram, the place they rapidly got here below hearth. One reveals her closing her eyes and placing her head on its shoulder, whereas the opposite captures her touching its face whereas smiling up adoringly. They have since been deleted.

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“We deeply apologize for the fact that our artist GFriend’s behind-the-scenes video … and the photo uploaded by member Sowon caused controversy,” Source Music mentioned in an announcement posted to Weverse, Big Hit’s fan app.

The controversial cuddle occurred throughout a band video shoot final November at a restaurant within the South Korean metropolis of Paju, and likewise appeared in official video content material launched in December, in line with the group’s administration agency, Source Music — which was acquired in 2019 by Big Hit Entertainment, the backer of boy band BTS.

The November shoot was run by “an outsourced production company” and staffers “did not sense an issue with the mannequin’s outfit,” Source Music defined. “We apologize for not being able to confirm in advance that there were inappropriate props on the shooting site, not being able to thoroughly inspect the content during the shooting and uploading process, and not paying close attention to historical facts and social issues.”

In the photographs, the model doesn’t look like carrying the simply recognizable crimson Nazi swastika armband, however is wearing what seems to be a German navy uniform from the interval of Hitler’s reign.

Although Sowon, who has greater than 800,000 Instagram followers, has circuitously addressed the problem but herself, Source Music mentioned she was “very shocked” and “immediately” deleted her publish “when she understood the significance of the image.”

“She is very pained and feels deep responsibility” for having posted it, it mentioned.

This just isn’t the primary time {that a} Big Hit-backed group has stirred up Nazi-related controversy. In 2018, criticism swirled when a photograph emerged of a BTS band member carrying a hat that includes what gave the impression to be the Death’s Head emblem of the Nazi S.S., who ran the lethal focus camps. Big Hit later expressed “sincere apologies” for “inadvertently inflicting pain and distress to anyone.”

Sowon is the oldest member of six-woman GFriend, alongside colleagues Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group debuted in 2015 and has launched 4 studio albums to this point, the newest being final November’s 11-track “Walpurgis Night.”

Since she posted the Nazi photographs, Sowon’s social media has been flooded with offended feedback. Many have pushed for a extra direct apology from the star, like one dissatisfied Instagrammer who wrote: “Your company apologized, but where’s your apology? You’re an idol, own up to your mistakes.”

Other followers have sought to tame on-line invective concerning the incident and categorical help for his or her beloved star. “Can you haters act mature?!! Where are your manners!!!… PLEASE STOP SAYIING EVIL THINGS TO OUR LEADERS AND GFRIENDS!!” one wrote, addressing frustration with critics on the Weverse fan app.

Some hoped to encourage a second of extra studying than trolling. “She is wrong I admit, but educate her, [don’t hate] her,” one other wrote. “That is why the world is cruel. People choose to attack instead of educate.”

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