By all accounts, UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is an exceptionally humble individual who rarely has a mean thing to say about anyone. However, his choice to feature the Rising Sun logo on his gear at UFC 158 apparently upset a number of people including fellow fighter Chan Sung Jung.
Jung, who is from South Korea, recently posted a message on his Facebook page addressing St-Pierre’s use of the image where he equated the symbol to others associated with “invasion, torture, massacre” and other “atrocities”. Jung’s issue stems from the behavior of the Japanese military during World War II.
St-Pierre has yet to respond to Jung’s criticism, though “The Korean Zombie” was quick to point out he didn’t feel GSP actually endorsed any criminal behavior but was instead ignorant on the matter like many people.
Jung’s complete message to St-Pierre can be found below:
“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?”
PHOTO CREDIT – SENGOKU/UFC