GSP basically wore a nazi symbol at UFC 158

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Uh-oh, Georges St Pierre has inadvertently offended a large portion of Asia. Here’s a post taken off the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung’s facebook page:

Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese ‘Rising Sun Flag’. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.

Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of ‘Militarism’. You can easily learn what they’ve done by googling (please do), although it’s only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.

Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.

I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They’re just ignorant. It’s such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse.

Since you’re influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge ‘Rising Sun’ on your Gi means something else.

Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing ‘the symbol of War Crime’ is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself.

So, what do you reckon?
Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?

I’m sure Georges didn’t realize – hell, this is the first time many of us are probably hearing about this too. But as the rising sun symbol is the flag of the Japanese military through their 1850 – 1945 ‘fuck the Pacific Rim up’ phase, it does make sense to put it on par with the Nazi flag. During that time period they annexed Okinawa and Taiwan, invaded Korea, brutally put down the Boxer Rebellion in China, went to war with the Russians, set up a puppet government in Mongolia, and oh yeah that World War 2 thing, known better to Asians as the Second Sino Japanese war. Yup, I followed Chan Sung Jung’s advice and googled that shit.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    I wonder how many white, North Americans will be reading this post today while looking at their “Rising Sun” and Asian lettering tattoos while quietly muttering “…shit.”

  • jd

    So when I was a young kid playing as e. honda on street fighter, I was basically supporting a Nazi-like regime? The background of the arena has that same rising sun.

    Not surprising since it came out of Japan. for shame capcom!!

  • Facey

    So where has the article slagging off Ariel Helwani gone?

  • Carcass

    Koreans are very sensitive about the issues surrounding Japanese imperialism and justifiably so. However, the flag IS STILL IN USE as the ensign of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force.

    As the flag of imperial Japan, it has become associated with various right wing groups in Japan in the post-war years. However, these nutcases tend to limit themselves to atrocity denial and anti-immigration rants as opposed to genuine violent/terrorist acts. They’re assholes but not dangerous.

  • http://mmalinker.com noje

    As am American I have to point out something. Using the same logic, the United States flag symbolizes the same thing, considering all the war crimes the U.S. has committed and continues to commit ( Illegal wars, mass civilian killings, etc). But to acknowledge such a thing makes you “un-patriotic”.

    Its not just America . Plenty of other countries are guilty also. Just saying this as a concerned American who loves my country.

  • Kayvaan

    Seriously?!
    Go Google some more
    the Imperial Japanese did even WORST shit than the Nazis ever did to the Chinese and Korean people.
    they can’t even use the, “my superiors ordered me to do it argument.” as the regular soldiers committed atrocities like they were sports.

    Gas chambers? genocide? they did those too. the Nazis are angels compared to them

    Heard of “comfort women”, women who were kidnapped, by the thousands and gang raped systematically by the Jap soldiers, by platoons and companies of them, not just officers
    and when they got STDs from said rapes.
    they had their breasts and/or vagina cut out of them, while they were still alive.

    their favourite sport?
    impaling babies on bayonets.
    they will take a baby throw he/her in the air and impale it on a bayonet
    sometimes just one person would do it sometimes they do it in a group and see who impales the baby first.
    my grandparents lived through their occupation in Singapore and one of my uncles, who was baby at that time died that way.

    the would take PoWs and subject them to inhuman experiments, testing the effects of liquid nitrogen etc on them.

    genocide weren’t just committed in camps, Chinese people were taken again and beheaded on the streets, on beaches just because they were Chinese.

    add to that, imagine if Hitler had a son and his son and descendents are the head of state and first family of Germany, which the current Emperor of Japan is.

    imagine that Germany does not have any laws to prevent Nazism or even that they have not shown any remorse for the atrocities committed in WWII.
    continued to deny that atrocities happened, have even came out with and said that the genocides were committed by Chinese people dressed in Japanese uniform

    have never officially apologised or make efforts to prevent that from happening again

    that they even have shrines that enshrined convicted war criminals which japanese politicians always visit and give respects to.

    yes, imagine that convicted war criminals being treated as heroes and deities.

  • Reverend Clint

    Google “unit 731″… nuff said

  • Jim

    You have no idea how dark George can be in his head sometimes…..

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