TikTok star Bella Poarch has apologised after sparking controversy with one of her tattoos.
Since the rise of social media stars, there have always been devoted fans who follow every bit of their lives.
But being an online influencer comes with a lot of responsibilities too as they are often seen as role models to many of their fans around the world.
In the case of TikTok star Bella Poarch, she has faced a backlash from some of her followers about one of her tattoos.
Who is Bella Poarch?
Bella Poarch is a TikTok star from the Philippines. She was born in 2001 and has served in the US Navy.
Bella rose to fame for making lip-sync videos and short sketches. She currently has 22.2 million followers and 278 million likes on her TikTok account.
On her Instagram profile, Bella writes that she loves video games, music, art, traveling and anime.
Bella Poarch: Tattoo meaning explained
Bella has faced a backlash from some of her followers over one of her tattoos.
Taking to TikTok, Bella shared a video of herself dancing and revealed a tattoo that resembles the Rising Sun design.
In Japanese culture, the Rising Sun symbolises the sun as the Japanese national flag does. However, it’s seen as offensive by many Koreans who regard it as a symbol of Japanese militarism and colonial rule.
As a result, many of Bella’s Korean followers have criticised the TikTok star which led to an online feud between Korean and Filipino social media users last week.
Bella responds on Twitter
The TikTok star revealed that she didn’t know the meaning of her tattoo when she got it back in March.
Bella has vowed that she will have the tattoo removed and apologised to her Korean followers on social media.
“I apologize to Koreans because 6 months ago I got a tattoo of the red sun with 16 rays,” she said. “At that time, I didn’t know the history. But when I found out, I immediately had it covered and scheduled for removal. I am ashamed of myself for not doing my research. I sincerely apologize.”
In another post, she tweeted: “I live in Hawaii and I see a lot of people using the red rising sun symbol in clothing, cars and jewelry. Please educate yourselves and learn more about it because it came from a terrible history. It is very offensive to a lot of people. Please learn from my mistake.”