This is a post specifically for blogger: robynhoodscloset, who three days ago wore and posted a photoset of her wearing an outfit on her blog. The post (x) has over 1340
sickening amount of notes the last time I checked and I’d appreciate it if everyone took a portion of their time to read why wearing and even promoting this outfit is a bad idea, and how a simple “Fashion/Cultural (Asian, in this case) appreciation can turn into a disaster if you are ignorant about what exactly those symbols and prints on a seemingly innocent piece of clothing can truly represent.
This Issue is very important to me personally as it addresses the historical Issues of my country (Korea) so please, please reblog this post so others can educate themselves and avoid further supporting/wearing any more of this trash.
Okay, first things first. Looking at the moments they consist mostly of I quote: “You got a little bit of Asia all over you!” and “This is so cute!”
Yep! It is. It has a bit of Asia all over it. A symbol of the Asian fucking Nazi.
This is a huge deal, because if you look closely at her original post,they bear a symbol of a flag called the 욱일기/旭日旗 or the “Rising sun Flag”. This is what it looks like:Bit of history: This flag was used especially during the Second World War to represent the Japanese Imperial Military force during their conquest and occupation of East Asia, mainly Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, etc etc.
Basically what this means is that during WW2, Japan invaded a fuckton of countries and oppressed them with brutal military force, committing genocide on millions of people, oppressing their culture/ language, killing off Korea’s last remaining Royal Queen, taking prisoners/hostages of war, kidnapping and raping young girls as “comfort women/ sex slaves”, separated families, prevented acts of Independence, etc etc more, more and did that rIGHT UNDER THIS FLAG. By Choosing to wear this symbol you are participating in romanticizing the Military as well as outwardly dismissing and ignoring the struggles of millions who has suffered in the War and coped through the Oppression of Japan.
What Japan has done to other countries is equivalent (or even more to) Germany’s treatment of Jews during the Nazi movement. Reducing the years and years of struggles and the history of war into something that is merely a “fashion statement” and “Appreciating culture/Asia” is not only fundamentally wrong, but also incredibly blind and offensive. And just with any other conscious actions, ignorance is not an acceptable excuse either. We don’t see people dressed in Nazi uniforms and anything bearing the symbol Swastika is considered to be absolutely taboo. So why should this be any different?
When I clicked through the link and had a look at this product on the actual site, the site states that “15 PERCENT OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE TOKYO IDOL LINE WILL BE DONATED TO THE JAPANESE RED CROSS SOCIETY!”
Sounds good right? You are supporting a charity! But from what, FROM SUPPORTING AND WEARING SOMETHING REPRESENTING WAR AND THE STRUGGLES OF ANOTHER COUNTRY?
it is okay if you really want to help Japan and I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t, this completely up to your own will. But they do not need money like this. They do not need the money that came from exploiting the symbol and proudly displaying a flag of the fucking military and selling it for profit.
I understand that fashion is a way of expressing who you are and I think this is exactly why it is so important that we as decent human beings and consumers need to know exactly what we are conveying when we make the conscious decision to wear the clothing on our body. Especially considering the message it could potentially convey to others, whether it’d be the impression that you are a person of ignorance and or committing acts of cultural offense to numerous countries and their people.
I don’t think that Robynhoodscloset is an active supporter of War or the “Asian Nazis” (lmao) and I’d like to believe that all of this was unintentional. But seeing as how she herself is an active blogger (as well as made the conscious effort to wear it) + the post has gotten over thousands of notes, I do not think it is appropriate for her to be promoting or continue wearing the outfit, causing more unsuspecting people to see this symbol just as a cute fashion statement and not being aware of the history and symbolic meaning the Rising Sun Flag has.
If by any chance Robynhoodscloset reads this then I’d like to request that she takes down her original post on both tumblr/facebook and other social networking sites she is active on and at least provide an explanation or an apology about her actions.
I wish there was a way to start getting people to boycott this brand or to even stop this clothing from being manufactured but I have no idea and I can only hope that by through this post, people could be more aware of the issues and prevent this disgusting company from making any more profits through this product. If anyone wants to contradict my statements or argument then feel please free to do so, my inbox is open.