Girl band gets a lit­tle too cute with mil­i­tary uni­forms in Ja­panese per­for­mance

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

A JA­PANESE teeny-bop girl band has trig­gered out­rage af­ter wear­ing mil­i­tary-style cos­tumes which have been com­pared to Nazi uni­forms at a Halloween con­cert.

Keyak­izaka46 sparked an on­line storm with their black one-piece dresses and capes, com­plete with peaked caps bear­ing a golden bird sym­bol re­sem­bling the Nazi ea­gle above a swastika.

So­cial me­dia has lit up since the troupe took to the stage in Yoko­hama on Oc­to­ber 22.

In a Twit­ter back­lash, sev­eral users slammed their choice of cos­tume as “un­for­giv­able” and “un­ac­cept­able” while Ber­lin-based Ja­panese writer Ichika Rokuso posted, “Seventy-one years have passed since the war ended but there are many peo­ple who lost loved ones. Please re­mem­ber that.”

Other an­gry tweet­ers posted pic­tures of Nazis next to im­ages of band mem­bers, who posed for pho­tos in their con­tro­ver­sial garb be­fore the show.

“It is shock mar­ket­ing,” wrote one fum­ing Twit­ter user, clearly feel­ing it was a pub­lic­ity stunt by the band, who have yet to com­ment on the row.

Keyak­izaka46 have shot to star­dom since be­ing formed in 2015 by pro­ducer and lyri­cist Ya­sushi Aki­moto, reach­ing num­ber one in Japan with their de­but sin­gle “Si­lent Ma­jor­ity”.

The helium-voiced pop queens are not the first Ja­panese band to cause of­fence.

Retro rock band Kishi­dan an­gered the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter in 2011 when they wore a cos­tume the Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion claimed re­sem­bled a Nazi uni­form.

In neigh­bour­ing South Korea, girl band Pritz pro­voked protests two years ago af­ter wear­ing bright red arm­bands strik­ingly sim­i­lar to the ones Nazi of­fi­cers wore. –

Photo: Face­book/Doc­u­ment­ing Anti-Semitism

Keyak­izak46 has stirred so­cial me­dia back­lash af­ter wear­ing these out­fits on stage at a show in Japan last month.

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