A German radio host who compared South Korean boy band group BTS to coronavirus during a live broadcast apologised.
Matthias Matuschik said he did not intend to “racially insult,” adding that making a connection between the band and Covid-19 was “completely wrong”.
The incident comes amid an increase in anti-Asian sentiment and racist attacks since the pandemic began.
BTS is one of the biggest bands in the world with an incredibly large and fan base.
Many took to social media to share their outrage at the comments.
On Wednesday, during his show on Bayern3, Mr Matuschik played the group’s cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on his show, calling it “blasphemy”.
“For this you will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years!” he added.
Mr Matuschik then described BTS as “some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well”.
The host then started to backtrack telling listeners: “You can’t accuse me of xenophobia. I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car ever.”
The station issued a statement on Thursday saying: “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.