Sega Shop Removes Tails Hoodie with Offensive Symbol

Sega Shop Removes Tails Hoodie with Offensive Symbol

by May 22, 2020 22 comments

The US Sega Shop has removed for sale a hoodie featuring Tails and symbolism reminiscent of Japan’s “rising sun” flag, TSSZ has learned.

The removal, which to this point has not been accompanied by an official explanation, came after some community members criticized Sega for the use of the derivative artwork.

TSSZ has made a decision to show you the design as part of our story header and again below, with context following, to help you understand why the symbol is considered offensive to some.

The rising sun was an imperialist symbol of Japan, having been used as its national flag for centuries leading into the 20th century. The Japanese navy then used the flag during World War II, as it occupied much of Asia, and committed countless atrocities during the war.

Those of Korean descent and nationality can be especially offended by the flag’s use in everyday life and especially consumer apparel. Japan’s history with the region goes back further, as this BBC story explains:

In 1905, Japan occupied Korea as a protectorate, and five years later as a full-fledged colony.

The Japanese rule was one of economic exploitation and hundreds of thousands of Koreans were pressed into forced labour to aid the Japanese expansion in other parts of Asia.

The brutal regime also saw thousands of girls and young women forced to work in military brothels set up for Japanese soldiers before and during World War Two.

Known euphemistically as “comfort women”, they were forced into sexual slavery. Aside from Korean victims, the Japanese army also forced girls from Taiwan, China and the Philippines into the brothels.

Many South Koreans associate the rising sun flag with a long list of war crimes and oppression – and see Japan’s continued use of the symbol as emblematic of Tokyo’s failure to address its past.

The flag became a point of controversy when organizers of the now postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games elected not to ban its use during the competition to the objection of South Korea, claiming it “is not a political statement.”

Sega has not offered an official explanation on any of its public-facing social media channels as to why the article of clothing was removed. It is not clear what will happen to anyone who purchased the hoodie before sales were suspended.

22 Comments so far

  1. Muhammad
    #1 Muhammad 22 May, 2020, 22:04

    It’s not offensive

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    • Xiaolin
      Xiaolin 23 May, 2020, 08:51

      To YOU.

      The article clearly states to *some*.

      Did you read it?

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    • curt
      curt 24 May, 2020, 15:52

      If u go back in history, say, 1941-45, to native countries that Japan took over, and destroyed those countries, raped the women, and killed thousands of people to expand their land due to them running low on resources, the Red Sun flag is offensive to people who was taken over by Japan. Read your history before you can criticize. That’s not cool dude.

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    • Curt
      Curt 24 May, 2020, 16:02

      It is offensive to the people the nation’s were overran by Japan. Why don’t you read the history of those people to understand why they are offended. We know the United States did their dirt too, so we aren’t innocent, true, but you need to understand it brings back flashbacks, so you can stop acting like your nationality is squeaky clean, and like they would save a leaf falling out of a tree innocent. Show some respect, like you would want other people different from you would show you respect. Nobody’s perfect, so show some respect to those people! Sheesh!

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  2. Wolfie
    #2 Wolfie 22 May, 2020, 22:35

    Yeah, some people really like to make something out of nothing. USA has done plenty of messed up things throughout its history but folks dont ban the flag everywhere, so has every country for that matter

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    • Xiaolin
      Xiaolin 23 May, 2020, 08:53

      So then that mean the Confederate flag and the Nazi flag are just fine to you?

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      • ReifuTD
        ReifuTD 24 May, 2020, 08:19

        Confederate flag and the Nazi flag are defuncted as a nation and as a people, Japan is not, there are people offended by the Tibetan flag too but those people are the one’s consider racist.

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      • Unknown94
        Unknown94 24 May, 2020, 12:00

        Xiao who cares about what you think the world is fucked up deal with it. Japan, Nazi Germany, US, Canada Congo, Britain they all did genocides and still raise there flags high minus the Nazis but Neo-Nazi’s still around sadly and i hate em more than anything but when i look at it the world is just fucked up with us humans on it. We only know how to kill each other and cause wars.

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  3. ChaoticFox
    #3 ChaoticFox 23 May, 2020, 00:30

    “TSSZ has made a decision to show you the design…”

    #BRAVE 9_9

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  4. Gamelore
    #4 Gamelore 23 May, 2020, 01:03

    SJWs find something vulnerable to “problematize.” Remember when corporations could see them for what they are and had no problem saying no?

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  5. Greg
    #5 Greg 23 May, 2020, 01:59

    My great uncle was killed fighting the Japanese in WW2. This is not offensive to me.

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  6. fauxshizle
    #6 fauxshizle 23 May, 2020, 02:09

    The US doesn’t find this offensive…
    Try the Korea and China…

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  7. Laoh
    #7 Laoh 23 May, 2020, 02:15

    It’s not offensive to people who know nothing of the history of Japanese rule of Asia back in the early to mid 1900s. Learn history and try to understand from the side of the victims.

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    • treos
      treos 23 May, 2020, 04:42

      even then, it’s not offensive. it’s a Fing hoodie with a mascot logo and nothing more.

      like with everything that offends people: you CHOOSE to allow it to offend you.

      there is no word nor anything else in this world that is inherently offensive. people simply choose to and allow themselves to be offended. simple as that.

      in the case of your comment, history is your excuse for choosing to be offended by this.

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  8. F
    #8 F 23 May, 2020, 02:33

    Love all the Americans saying “it’s not offensive” after a detailed explanation as to why most of Asia finds it offensive.

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    • TomTheSquare
      TomTheSquare 23 May, 2020, 10:15

      Why should I try to see this situation from any other perspective then my own?

      As an American, I’m not offended by this, and that’s all that matters.

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  9. treos
    #9 treos 23 May, 2020, 04:44

    people need to learn that nothing is inherently offensive in this world. not words nor anything else. it’s a choice one makes as to whether or not they’re offended by something.

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  10. zap648
    #10 zap648 23 May, 2020, 04:45

    I think it is the equivalent of having the Nazi flag here in Europe.
    Or, the closest thing in America would be the Confederate flag.
    Like, the Japanese did some serious atrocities in Asia guys…

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    • ChewieBaka
      ChewieBaka 23 May, 2020, 14:44

      Your Confederate flag argument is invalid. No serious historian compares the Confederate flag to those of Japan and Nazi Germany.

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  11. Xiaolin
    #11 Xiaolin 23 May, 2020, 08:59

    Agreed this is problematic. Japan has not delt with it’s fascist roots very well. I love many Japanese games and companies but you can only see so many games or anime with German names, characters, places etc put in a positive light before you wonder “Hmm, do they still fancy Hitler?”

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  12. Kiddkyle67
    #12 Kiddkyle67 23 May, 2020, 13:43

    For those struggling to understand, It’s basically like having Tails’ smiling face beside of a swastika. And not to mention Japan refuses to acknowledge the atrocities, unlike Germany who apologized and denounced their past actions.

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  13. Cece
    #13 Cece 24 May, 2020, 14:57

    Oh no, a cartoon character with red lines is going to hurt me and my country very bad, please remove ʕ ಡ ﹏ ಡ ʔ

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