BANGKOK: A member of Thailand’s hottest all-girl band has apologised for carrying a shirt with a Nazi flag that includes a swastika after her TV look drew “shock and dismay” from the Israeli embassy on Saturday.
Photos of Hitler, swastikas and different Nazi regalia are pretty commonplace on T-shirts and memorabilia in Thailand, a phenomenon blamed on a lack of expertise about world historical past.
The most recent fake pas was dedicated by Pichayapa “Namsai” Natha, one of many singers of BNK48, when she wore the red-and-black prime full with a swastika in the course of the group’s televised rehearsal on Friday.
The deputy chief of mission of the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok took to Twitter to precise “shock and dismay” on the outfit, noting that Sunday is Worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“Presenting Nazi symbols by the band’s singer damage the sentiments of tens of millions world wide, whose relations had been murdered by the Nazis,” mentioned Smadar Shapira.
Following the uproar, Namsai apologised onstage throughout a live performance on Saturday night time.
“I need this to be an instance for everybody, please forgive me,” the 19-year-old singer mentioned, bursting into tears.
In an prolonged apology posted on her official Fb web page, she later wrote: “Please give me recommendation in order that I can develop as much as be a very good grownup sooner or later”. “I can’t repair the error however I promise I can’t let it occur once more,” she wrote in Thai.
On Sunday afternoon, the singer and the supervisor of BNK48, each wearing sombre gray and white clothes, met with Israeli ambassador Meir Shlomo to apologise for the incident.
Diplomat Shapira tweeted images of the assembly, including that the group “mentioned the significance of … consciousness to the Holocaust and anti-Semitism”.
The band agreed to take part in an academic workshop on the Holocaust, she mentioned, including that the ambassador was “happy” and understands that Namsai’s act got here from a “lack of expertise and lack of expertise”.
Georg Schmidt, Germany’s ambassador to Thailand, additionally prolonged an invite to the group “to debate the phobia of the Nazi dictatorship with us,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Thailand has gotten in hassle previously for its flippant use of Hitler and Nazi-related imagery.
In 2013, Bangkok’s prestigious Chulalongkorn College was pressured to apologise after its college students created a mural depicting Hitler throughout commencement celebrations. A Catholic college was additionally left red-faced in 2011 after college students dressed up in Nazi uniform for a sports activities day parade.