A German radio host faced backlash for criticizing Korean band BTS and comparing it to coronavirus.
Matthias Matuschik landed in hot water for his comments on the boyband.
Matuschik has apologized and said that he did not intend to “racially insult,” adding that making a connection between the band and Covid was “completely wrong”.
The station mentioned in a statement, “It is the character of this show and also of the presenter to express his opinion clearly, openly and unvarnished.”
It added that he “overshot the mark in his choice of words” and he did not intend to hurt the feelings of the BTS fans.
Matuschik said, “I have thought a lot in the past few hours and I understand and accept that I could have racially insulted many of you, especially the Asian community, with my words.
“That was never my intention, but I know that in the end, it is how the words are received by the recipients – and not how they were meant,” he added.
On Wednesday, he played the BTS cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” during his show on Bayern 3. He called the song “blasphemy.”
“For this, you will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years!” he added.
He had also explained BTS as “some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well”.