Thai Pop Group Sorry For The Nazi Swastika Shirt

Thai Pop Group Sorry For The Nazi Swastika Shirt

BNK48 is the Thai spin-off of the Japanese idol group AKB48. One of its members Pichayapa “Namsai” Natha apologised after being photographed wearing a Nazi swastika t-shirt during a recent rehearsal.

The Bangkok Post reports that Namsai wore the shirt while rehearsing on Friday. This Sunday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The incident made international news. Above is a screenshot of Namsai in the shirt from Japan’s ANN News. It originally appeared on Facebook site Sexy BNK48.

During a concert on Saturday, Namsai has apologised for wearing the shirt, asking for forgiveness and saying, “It’s my mistake and my ignorance.” She also issued apologies online as did the group’s management.

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สำหรับเหตุการณ์ที่เกิดขึ้น หนูรู้สึกเสียใจและรู้สึกผิดเป็นอย่างมาก ทุกสิ่งเกิดขึ้นมาจากความผิดพลาดของหนูเอง ขอน้อมรับความผิดพลาดทั้งหมดที่เกิดขึ้นค่ะ บนโลกใบนี้มีสิ่งต่างๆที่หนูจะต้องเรียนรู้อีกมากมาย โปรดให้คำชี้แนะและตักเตือน เพื่อให้หนูได้โตเป็นผู้ใหญ่ที่ดีในวันข้างหน้า หนูไม่อาจกลับไปแก้ไขความผิดพลาดนั้นได้ แต่หนูสัญญาว่าจะไม่เกิดเหตุการณ์แบบนี้อีก โปรดให้อภัยหนูด้วยนะคะ #BNK48 #NamsaiBNK48

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Namsai and the group’s COO also visited the Israeli Embassy to apologise.

Last fall, a Thai hotel was criticised for decorating one of its room with an Adolf Hitler photo.


  • “Ignorance”.

    Let’s not forget, Thailand was a fascist state in the 1930s and allied with the Japanese Empire from 1941 until the Japanese surrender. They should know exactly what wearing a Nazi symbol means.

    • Japan and Germany where allys only in name really. There where no Nazis in the Asia Pacific, as far as I am aware. Lets not forget that its not JUST the Nazi symbol eather. It was originally meant as a sign of peace.

      From Wiki:

      The swastika (as a character 卐 or 卍) is a geometrical figure and an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia, used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions.[1][2][3][4] In the Western world, it was a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck until the 1930s, when it became a feature of Nazi symbolism as an emblem of Aryan race identity and, as a result, was stigmatized by association with ideas of racism and antisemitism.[5][6]

      Of course, they are straight up wearing the Nazi flag, but then again, WW2 is not seen the same way by everyone.

      • The Nazi swastika is reversed and turned 45 degrees compared to the Buddhist symbol. And this is straight up a nazi flag, as you mentioned, so I don’t buy that excuse at all.

  • It’s a stretch to call Thailand an ally of the Japanese during World War 2. Japan threatened them with invasion, and they chose capitulation instead.

    We know they were not exactly willing subjects because the Thai ambassador to the US refused to issue them with a formal declaration of war. This isn’t just semantics; post war, Thailand was not treated like a willing ally to Japan, but rather as an invaded subject, and therefore was not occupied by the Allies.

  • I wonder if we will ever see a day when wearing Nazi inspired clothing or costume will ever be acceptable under the right circumstances, like a Halloween party and you go as a Nazi zombie for example, or are some thing’s just never going to be “OK “.

    I’m not trying to support or defend there wearing of Nazi attire just a thought.

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