Chan Sung Jung takes Georges St-Pierre to task for insensitive attire

Georges StPierre - UFCBy 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

11 COMMENTS
  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Although I’ve never paid attention before, isn’t this the same garb that GSP has been wearing for years?
    If it is in fact , the equivalent of wearing a swastika , I’m sure GSP will be sensitive towards it.
    It’s funny peculiar hearing it from a Korean, though.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Whoops.
    Please pardon my Korean comment.
    And hey, guess what?
    GSP is a global bad ass!

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  • joe mo mma says:

    You learn something new every day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag

    “The Rising Sun Flag (??? Kyokujitsu-ki?) is the military flag of Japan.[1] It was used as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army and the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy until the end of World War II. The naval ensign and a modified version of the war flag continue to be in use by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, the design is also incorporated into many commercial products and advertisements. However, as the flag was used by the Japanese in the conquest and occupation of East Asia and during the war in the Pacific, it is seen as offensive in countries where it is considered to be associated with Japanese militarism and imperialism.[2][3]“

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  • joe mo mma says:

    You learn something new every day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag

    “The Rising Sun Flag (??? Kyokujitsu-ki?) is the military flag of Japan.[1] It was used as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army and the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy until the end of World War II. The naval ensign and a modified version of the war flag continue to be in use by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, the design is also incorporated into many commercial products and advertisements. However, as the flag was used by the Japanese in the conquest and occupation of East Asia and during the war in the Pacific, it is seen as offensive in countries where it is considered to be associated with Japanese militarism and imperialism.[2][3]“

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Yes Stoppage thats the same design he’s worn the whole time I’m pretty sure, at least def the headband, wonder why it’s never been brought to his attention before? And thank you joe mo, i learned something new as well, I didn’t know it was offensive to some people

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  • MickeyC says:

    I never understood why people are sensitive about things like this. YES both Japan and germany have killed and wared and murdered. But is Germany’s crimes against the jewish not the same as America crimes againet the black slave and the American Indian. I see no one looking down at the American Flag. Why do people scorn at some crimes and choose to forget others?

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Japan is pretty hated in the Asia Pacific Rim for their militaristic past. I used to hear about it a lot when I was traveling around there.

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  • MCM says:

    @MickeyC
    No, Americans crimes weren’t nearly as bad as Germany’s, or more appropriately, the Nazi party of Germany. The Nazi party tried to annihilate an entire group of people and conquer the world in the process. That’s why the Nazi parties Swastika is so reviled.

    Americans have their own atrocities but it’s tempered by the “good” America has done. Think of the difference between the American flag and the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag represents racism and bigotry (to most people) while the American flag represents freedom and equality (again, to most people.) The Nazi swastika represents hatred while the Tri color Black, Red, and Gold simply represent Germany. Similarly the Red Circle on white that is the Japanese flag that has been gracing GSP’s brow since he entered the UFC is not considered as offensive as the Rising Sun graphic that graced the entire left side of his Gi.

    Now the Japanese may have been militaristic in the past, but they haven’t had a military since the end of WWII, 60+ years ago. The problem that GSP had this time was that instead of using the Japanese flag that he’s used so many times in the past (red circle on white) he used the much hated Rising Sun of the old Japanese military.

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  • MickeyC says:

    My point exactly, you feel as though the US crimes are not as “bad” or that they should be forgiven due to other things. But I take it that you are neither african or Indian? Correct? I am sure if you asked they would say their people were wronged every bit as much as the jewish. Point of View.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I just want to point out…it was the African countries that sold those people into slavery initially, now slavery in every point is wrong, but America wasn’t the only one to blame there.

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  • MCM says:

    I think equating the Nazi flag and the Rising Sun flag with the American flag is misleading. Comparing them to the Confederate flag is more appropriate.

    Unless you’re in Pakistan, Iraq or Iran. Then there are correlations between the Rising Sun and Old Glory. But since there are very few Pakistani, Iranian, and Iraqi fighters in the UFC and they don’t hold events there, there are very few people to offend. Similarly, the Rising Sun is not offensive while in Japan.

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