It’s unfortunate what was a super successful year for top K-pop groups BTS and TWICE reaching year end with a controversy, and one that appears not to be going away quickly. Both groups are on the outs with Japanese media and fans with a member’s choice of t-shirt attire that touch upon very sensitive Japanese topics. A BTS member wore a atomic bomb message t-shirt and a TWICE member was seen in a t-shirt showing a message about Korean comfort women. Both issues relate to World War 2 and Japan’s behavior and consequences during the war and is a sensitive topic especially between the two nations Japan and South Korea. I think pop stars should really avoid conveying a political message unless its a universally agreed upon on, otherwise it’s bad for business and at the end of the day the pop stars are there to make money rather than espouse a political position. Reportedly Japan is so pissed that BTS is not being invited to the year end music show Kohaku Uta Gassen and TWICE’s invitation may be rescinded.