DHC Television, a subsidiary of the cosmetic giant DHC, recently brought up BTS Jimin‘s shirt from years ago during their anti-Korean broadcast.
The shirt became a controversy last year when Japanese netizens criticized Jimin for wearing a shirt that allegedly held anti-Japanese government messages. The shirt’s designer had re-emphasized that the shirt is not about the atomic bomb but a celebration for the liberation day of Korea, called Gwangbok Jeol.
However, DHC has brought up the shirt controversy during their recent program where they listed alleged anti-Japanese activities by Koreans. They claimed that Jimin was cheering about the atomic bomb dropping on Japan and sending a message for Japan to reflect on their actions.
One of the BTS members wore a shirt with a design of the atomic bomb dropping on Japan. He cheered and danced around while wearing it.
This is too harsh. He is clearly sending a message, saying ‘Japan needs to reflect’. The atomic bomb is a globally sensitive topic but it’s harsh of them to cheer for it.
Koreans are happy when Japan is hit with massive earthquakes. They don’t think their actions are embarrassing.
— DHC Reporters
However, Jimin was neither seen cheering for anti-Japanese activities or claiming anything of the sort while wearing the shirt. BigHit Entertainment had even personally visited the Atomic Bomb Victim Association to personally apologize and resolve any misunderstanding regarding the shirt’s design purposes.
Many Korean netizens and K-ARMYs have begun demanding a boycott against DHC. They criticized the broadcast for “messing with” Jimin when the issue about his shirt was already resolved.
International fans have also begun criticizing DHC for bringing up old issues about Jimin while fabricating the story with false rumors.
Zero damage but just so funny to see DHC (Japanese cosmetic brand) talking about BTS Jimin's Korean Independence related tshirt considering as a big problem lol. Who and what country on earth blames the victim or the whole victimized country? pic.twitter.com/SmawA6kHF9
— 쭈나 (@blowind_bts) August 12, 2019
Japanese cosmetics company DHC made a comment disparaging BTS. I hope that ARMY from all over the world will boycott DHC together.#GoodbyeDHC #잘가요DHC #さよならDHC #DHC不買#ARMYwithBTS #ARMY #MTVHottest #BTS @BTS_twt
— 탄이들💜보라해💜 (@_purpleyou_BTS_) August 13, 2019
방탄소년단 가지고 일본에서 거짓기사 내는 놈들. 누가봐도 거짓 기사. 작작해라.
DHC(Japan) is makeing fake rumors of Korea and BTS.
It so silly
— 마카롱 (@jmZLegYjoJXEWnQ) August 12, 2019
#bts love Korea. Because they're Korean.Why #DHC attack #jimin's GWANGBOK T-shirt? The liberation of Korea(#GWANGBOK ) has an important meaning for Koreans. We're proud of #jiminhttps://t.co/U1vq21OpmO
— mika (@mika36054236) August 13, 2019