There’s poor taste, and then there’s this.
Kishidan, a J-Pop band usually known for wearing school uniforms, is in trouble with a Jewish rights group for an interview on MTV Japan. The network, too, is also finding itself in hot water for conducting the interview with the group in their offensive outfits.
As AFP reports,
“We never intended to offend anyone,” the channel said in a statement.
The six members of J-pop band Kishidan wore SS-like uniforms during a February 23 broadcast of the show “Megavector”, said the Los Angeles-based group, expressing its “shock and dismay”.
“There is no excuse for such an outrage,” said rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in his protest to MTV-J, Sony Music Artists and management company the Avex Group.
I don’t understand allowing a group to appear on your television broadcast wearing such costumes and then saying something like “Oh, we didn’t INTEND for that to offend anyone!” as if it’s a big surprise that it did offend viewers.
Cooper went on to add “As someone who has visited Japan over 30 times, I am fully aware that many young Japanese are woefully uneducated about the crimes against humanity committed during World War II by Imperial Japan in occupied Asia, let alone about Nazi Germany?s genocidal ‘Final Solution’ against the Jews in Europe,” and that MTV Europe and Japan should have known better than air this interview.
I’m more concerned with Kishidan and their handlers. How can this be okay? How can you think “yeah, putting on Nazi outfits is a good idea, it’ll be great PR!” and then holding an on-air interview with a big prominent music network?
I guess “any PR is good PR”, but this just rubs me the wrong way.
Read more coverage about this growing controversy over at Japan Probe (thanks for the pic, too!)