Daily US Times: A German radio host has apologised for comparing extremely popular K-pop group BTS to the coronavirus during a live broadcast.
Matthias Matuschik apologised saying he did not intend to “racially insult,” adding that making a connection between the band and Covid was “completely wrong”.
The incident comes amid an increase in racist and anti-Asian sentiment attacks since the pandemic began.
BTS is one of the biggest bands in the world with an incredibly vocal and large fan base.
Many people took to social media to share their outrage at the comments.
During his show on Bayern3 on Wednesday, Mr Matuschik played the group’s cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on his show, calling it “blasphemy”.
He added: “For this you will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years!”
Mr Matuschik then described the band BTS as “some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well”.
The radio host then started to backtrack telling listeners: “You can’t accuse me of xenophobia. I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car ever.”
On Thursday, the radio station issued a statement on Thursday saying: “It is the character of this show and also of the presenter to express his opinion clearly, openly and unvarnished.”
But many on social media responded by sharing the quote “racism is not an opinion” in Korean, German and English.
Other social media users said his comments highlighted anti-Asian racism.