K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment
K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment

Trading card showing K-pop band BTS beaten and bruised is denounced as violent and racist; issuer Topps removes it and apologises

  • The card was part of a supposedly humorous pack issued after the Grammy Awards, where BTS performed but missed out on the music industry’s big awards
  • Commenters online linked its imagery with the wave of anti-Asian hate crime sweeping the US, including six women shot dead in Atlanta massage parlours this week

Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop
K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment
K-pop boy band BTS were depicted on a Topps trading card beaten and bruised. Commenters online called the depictiion violent and racist, and the company withdrew the card and apologised. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment
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