Group GFriend's Sowon posted a picture of her hugging a Nazi mannequin which sparked controversy.
"Netizens overseas immediately expressed their strong repulsion by mentioning the Holocaust, where the Nazis killed about 11 million civilians including Jews during World War II.
Since then, the incident was spread through Twitter, etc., and is attracting attention from English-speaking netizens. As of this day, 'Korea' is trending first in the US Twitter real-time trend (post based on users' interest), and it is pointed that this incident is related to the trend.
Sowon did not comment on this after deleting the photo, and as of this day, a number of comments from English-speaking netizens have been posted on the Sowon Instagram.
original post: here
1. [+142, -2]
She must have not known that it was related to the Nazi? But then again, the foreign fans must have felt mad. If you compare it with us, it's kind of like taking a picture hugging Chun Doo Hwan
2. [+136, 0]
What did the owner of that coffee shop think to exhibit that thing so blatantly like that?
3. [+124, -2]
Honestly, most of Koreans who don't know anything about world history would walk past that without knowing who that was. I think that as a public figure, she was careless and should receive fair criticism, apologize and if she doesn't act like this again, it should be fine. Let's stop here.. But I'm afraid that these losers will try to relieve their stress on her and curse her to death
4. [+71, -2]
But if the westerners are so sensitive about the Nazis, then why are they being so lenient towards the Rising Sun flag and Japanese Imperialism....? They f*cking look down on us when we criticize someone using the Rising Sun flag overseas and they treat us like we were being too fussy about it... It's funny know they don't know any basic history about the East while we have to know all the cultures of the West
5. [+41, 0]
As a public figure, it's true that it's an issue for which she should apologize and reflect for. But realistically speaking, 90 Koreans out of a hundred would have walked past that without knowing that it was a Nazi uniform