A Japanese TV music program has postponed the appearance of K-pop superstars BTS scheduled tonight (Nov. 9) due to a t-shirt worn by one of the band’s members.
It was announced last Nov. 2 that BTS would be appearing on TV Asahi’s “Music Station” program, which airs every Friday at 8 p.m.
However, last night, TV Asahi issued a statement to say that BTS’ performance on the TV show would no longer push through.
“The t-shirt worn by a BTS member has caused a stir. We asked about the intention of the clothing worn and discussions with the agency were in progress. It is regrettable, but it has been decided to postpone this performance,” said the TV station, according to MWave.
This refers to a t-shirt worn by BTS member Jimin, which carries the text “Patriotism OurHistory Liberation Korea” and two photos including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan on Aug. 9, 1945. The atomic bombing photo on the t-shirt became controversial in Japan.
Big Hit Entertainment, BTS’ agency, also posted on the BTS Japan fan club website to say that “BTS was set to appear on the November 9 broadcast of TV Asahi’s music program ‘Music Station,’ however it has been decided to be postponed. To fans who were anticipating their appearance, we would like to give an apology as we bear this disappointing news.”
The postponement came ahead of BTS’ scheduled concerts in Japan. The boy band will hold their Love Yourself world tour in Tokyo on Nov. 13 and 14 followed by Osaka on Nov. 21, 23 and 24. They will also hold the concert in Nagoya and Fukuoka in January and February, respectively.