Korean Babymetal Knockoff Pritz Accused of Racism over Nazi-like Arm Bands
Published Nov 20, 2014Japanese outfit Babymetal have amassed a worldwide following for their bizarre yet effective blend of extreme metal and cutesy J-pop. It's a unique, singular sound, and many are saying that it's now been ripped off by a Korean act called Pritz. The group, whose name is an anagram for "Pretty Rangers in Terrible Zone," have added another influence into the mix — namely, the Nazi party.
As the Daily Mail reports [via Metal Injection], the group were recently criticized for wearing suspicious bright red armbands with a linear black symbol on them.
The logo looks like a swastika from a distance, and on closer inspection they aren't much better, as the arrows closely resemble the logo for the equally racist Hungarian Arrow Cross Party. Maybe that's the "terrible zone" these pretty rangers were talking about.
According to Pandagram, the agency that represents the group, the logo was inspired by traffic signs and is intended to represent the band's intention to expand "without a limit in four directions." You know, those traffic signs that are black, white and red and only worn on one's arm as an arm band.
The arm bands in question can be viewed in the group's new video below, alongside plenty of terrifyingly cute monster masks.