Girls' Generation's Tiffany received backlash for using the Japanese flag emoji on Korea's Independence Day. Korean fans of the 27-year-old singer were hurt by her social media posts as 15 August is the day when the country received their freedom from the Japanese government.
Tiffany posted a photo of herself, Sooyoung, and Yuri on Instagram and used the emoji for the Japanese flag. She captioned the image "Babes" along with the Japanese flag emoji and the heart emoji. Following that, she posted a picture with the Japanese Confederate flag, also known as the Rising Sun flag or Imperial flag.
However, after realizing her mistake, Tiffany deleted the posts and expressed her apologies. The post read: "Hello, This is Tiffany. I apologize for upsetting so many with my mistake on this important day. I'm ashamed for disappointing everyone with this kind of mistake, and I deeply regret my actions."
"In the future, I'll make sure to keep in mind that my actions and my words have a wide audience. I'll work toward becoming someone who thinks carefully about my actions, and make sure something like this doesn't happen again. Again, I sincerely apologize for disappointing everyone as a result of my shortcomings," she added.