K-pop star Kim So-jung found herself in a social media storm after she posted two pictures of herself posing with a Nazi mannequin. Kim, better known as Sowon from the girl group GFriend, immediately deleted the photos after the backlash. But the anger and outrage spread with many calling her insensitive and anti-semitic.
Her management company, Source Music apologized for the incident and said they didn’t do their due diligence prior to the shoot, reports CNN.
“We want to apologize for not being able to check for inappropriate props in the set and not being able to thoroughly filter them during the shoot and uploading and failing to give detailed attention to historical facts and linked social issues,” the company said. “We bow our head in apology for causing offense through the video and stills.”
They also added that Sowon deleted the photos after “she understood the significance of the image” and “is pained and feels deep responsibility for posting such image.”
The pictures were taken in November in Paju city in South Korea at Cafe Zino. The restaurant uses German aesthetics and is a popular shooting location. The group GFriend was filming content there for their latest album Walpurgis Night.