Another week, another “how insensitive can a vk band be when it comes to racism/fascist symbols”?
Belle’s recent single is called 拡声決起ストライキ (“Loud voice strike”).
That’s how their promo pic looks like. So you can see it’s intended to be very political. The outfits the “loud voice strike” situation etc:
So is their video. It’s basically a standard performance video with scenes from demonstrations (police with helmets, teargas,…):
Their merch choice for promoting this single was kinda interesting, especially considering this whole political theme:
A megaphone shaped light showing the imperial Japanese rising sun flag which is mainly, but not exclusively, used by Japanese fascists/Neo Nazis/right wing parties today next to a “sun symbol”/Manji.
Considering the whole political theme (strike, Haro’s uniform/soldier/whatever looking outfit, the name of the single, the megaphone,…), it’s obvious to make a connection between the “sun symbol” and the rising sun flag.
I assume they wanted to be edgy, but didn’t dare to use the “real” swastika (which is basically the mirrored sun symbol).
OF COURSE this caused an uproar (which was probably intended, but not like this lol)
They now posted a statement where they basically say they read the “opinions” and explained the design.
The rising sun flag stands for “wishing for happiness”, the manji (which they themselves call swastika too) is just a religious symbol and characters don’t hurt someone.
They only deleted the tweet because of the “confusion”, but still gonna sell the merchandise apparently (hello MERRY-senpai!)
They said they’re still gonna learn about…“various issues”??? not telling us what they’re even talking about. The parallels to MERRY’s blackfacing issue are obvious: VK band does something stupid/provoking, Non-Japanese fans tell them that they consider this, VK band posts statement explaining their “art” and telling they’re all wrong and continuing selling/using this stuff but only when Japanese can see it because they don’t care.
Sooo, what does everyone think about this?
Do you think combining the imperial flag with a manji/swastika was just a coincidence they didn’t think about?