Thread: GSP and his "Rising Sun" Gi
3/25/2013 8:25pm, #231
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Although it is illegal to fly Swastika in Germany and some European countries. But answer is yes, some germans still fly Swastika as symbol of hate. Just like some Japanese fly rising sun in same way some white power groups fly Swastika.
3/25/2013 8:57pm, #232
and phrost, i totally agree. hate the GSP gi cause it's tacky. my issue here is that my dojo is associated with kokushikan university in japan, and their symbol as well as ours incorporates the rising sun into the design. it's a former *military* university and it uses the military flag.
i refuse to be labeled some sort of racist, or given a hard time for training under the rising sun logo. it's absurd.
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3/25/2013 10:00pm, #233
Although it is illegal to fly Swastika in Germany and some European countries. But answer is yes, some germans still fly Swastika as symbol of hate.
Just like some Japanese fly rising sun...
If you're not already en route, one can only assume that you just don't care about their victims. Hell, your lack of definitive action suggests that you might be...an Imperial Japanese collaborator. How could you sell out all those victims? What are you going to do next, re-establish Unit 731? Traitor! Monster! Fucking War Criminal!
...in same way some white power groups fly Swastika.
3/25/2013 10:53pm, #234
Since Georges St-Pierre wore our walkout gi at UFC 158 we have received attention surrounding the negative connotation of the rising sun graphic used. The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products.
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3/26/2013 12:31pm, #235
From "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung:
Dear Mr. Georges St. Pierre
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, you’re 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 you’re 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?
3/26/2013 1:02pm, #236
As you can see the Rising Sun flag is STILL in use as an official military flag. Are you trying to say every Japanese soldier is a racist war monger proud of the war crimes committed?
Going back to the Swastika is it still in use in an official military capacity? No? Great now you can see the difference between the two symbols.
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