K-pop group Purple Kiss’ label says sorry for Nazi symbol one member wore in a promotional photo
- Purple Kiss, who debuted last year, are the latest K-pop group to use insensitive or inappropriate imagery that prompted an apology
- Fans alerted group member Goeun, who was wearing a patch that looked similar to the Nazi eagle, swastika and all, and their label took responsibility
South Korean music label RBW, to which K-pop girl group Purple Kiss belong, has issued an apology after a member of the group was seen wearing a Nazi symbol in a recently shared image.
After fans alerted Goeun, the singer is understood to have apologised and to have had the label investigate, prompting RBW to issue a formal apology on November 23 through Purple Kiss’ fan cafe, a fan blog of sorts popular in South Korea.
RBW took responsibility and apologised for overlooking the historical significance of the symbols Goeun wore, and offered an assurance that its staff would be more diligent in the future.
The photos featuring Goeun with the patch were edited and re-uploaded. It is not known whether the holiday season merchandise will feature the original or altered images.
They are not the first K-pop group to be called out for inappropriate use of a variety of sensitive or religious symbols as Korean pop music becomes more popular in different music markets.