Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy has apologized for the t-shirt he wore on the upcoming Victoria's Secret Fashion Show shoot. The shirt in question, which Hurley was dressed in by the show's costume department, featured the Japanese rising sun flag -- the flag was used by the Japanese in "the conquest and occupation of East Asia and during the war in the Pacific, it is considered offensive in South Korea and China where it is considered to be associated with Japanese militarism and imperialism." Andy posted on his Twitter account: "I take responsibility for wearing something so offensive. I’ll be sure to personally review costumes in advance in the future."
Update: Andy and his friend Jennifer Raff posted up a longer post going into more detail about the symbol and why it's considered offensive -- hoping to raise some more awareness on this issue.
I had the opportunity to play the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which was such an amazing thing to be a part of. The outfits we wore were necessarily styled to fit in with our part of the show, which emphasized a British invasion look…so we were styled in a Sex Pistols-style British punk attire. I had no problem with this, as the purview of the fashion world is way outside of my comfort zone. Unfortunately, the shirt that was chosen for me was the image of the rising sun and was an extremely insensitive choice. I was totally ignorant of its meaning, and that is my fault.
I should have known better and upon reading my @replies on my twitter feed today, I saw that it upset some fans. I appreciate that they brought it to my attention, as I never want to offend any of our fans or anyone period. I must stress that none of the people who brought this to my attention did so in a mean or negative way. It was a very nice and constructive way that they informed me of what the shirt meant and how it was offensive. Being held accountable for the choices and mistakes I make is a very important thing to me. It’s an important thing for everyone to be willing to analyze the things they do and take part in, and to admit the times that mistakes are made. This was definitely one of those times for me.
A horrible feeling of letting my fans down as well as my own ethical standards led me to write an apology on my twitter, as well as this more in-depth explanation in conjunction with one of my best friends, an anthropologist, Dr. Jennifer Raff.
I immediately went to her upon finding out that some fans were offended to get a deeper understanding of the history and meaning of the image that was on the shirt I wore. This was something we came up with to hopefully inform more people on this situation.