Chan Sung Jung’s recently wrote a Facebook letter to Georges St Pierre regarding his offensive Hayabusa ‘Rising Sun’ Gi worn at UFC 158 earlier this month. He explained to Georges that this symbol represents Japan’s war crimes against Koreans. This ‘history lesson’ has lead both Hayabusa and Georges St Pierre to openly apologize for the incident.
The combat apparel and fight equipment company Hayabusa made the following statement:
“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.
We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously.
The gi worn by GSP will not be brought to market. In addition, we will be very conscious of this specific design element when developing future communication materials and products.
Please accept our sincerest apology for any offense this has caused. If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.”
Georges St Pierre also took to Facebook to apologize:
“I’d like to also personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention.”
Thanks to the ‘Korean Zombie’, Georges St Pierre and a multitude of other uninformed people now have motivation to brush up on their world history.