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Keyakizaka46 causes outrage by dressing in Nazi-style outfits

Idol group Keyakizaka46 has stirred up some controversy this past week since their performance last Saturday at Yokohama arena in Japan of which members were seen wearing military-style black capes with wide collars and peaked hats featuring a bird symbol akin to the formal Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika.

While video footage shows fans screaming in adoration of the band, others have taken to social media to share their disapproval of the girls’ choice of attire. Many saw a strong resemblance to the uniforms worn by Nazi soldiers in WW2, sharing pictures of the girls posing in their outfits alongside black and white images of SS soldiers.

Idols in Japan seem to have a long history with representing the Nazi regime, and some thought perhaps the clothing choice was nothing more than a “publicity stunt,” brushing this off as a generic German military novelty costume often seen in anime.

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