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.