British alt rockers Muse have officially premiered their new video for the upcoming single "Panic Station." As the fifth single off the current record "The 2nd Law," the track is set for a full release on June 3.
Although the video was not intended to offend anyone, it has caused a lot of controversy among the Asian fans with the use of the infamous Rising Sun Flag, forcing the band to post an apology via official Twitter page. The initial video was the instantly taken off YouTube, with the new version already emerging several hours ago.
Sorry for the mistake re the intro graphics for the Panic Station video. We are fixing it now. We will upload a new version very soon.
muse (@muse) April 22, 2013
With the flag being used in various advertisements in some Asian countries, chances are that you are familiar with its appearance as well. However, some of the fans have still found it very offensive.
"It's worse than you thought! Rising Sun Flag is considered a 'symbol of life threat' to most of Asian countries except Japan," one of the fans commented. "Hope you can learn Asia's history. With this flag, millions of peoples [were] murdered."
Considering all the facts, the video edit and the official apology from the group should be more than enough to cool everyone down and just enjoy the music and the new video. "The flag was removed. Now can you all STFU and enjoy the video?," said another YouTuber.
Released in September 2012, "The 2nd Law" proved as the highest-charting Muse record on The Billboard 200 chart with 101,000 copies sold within the first week. The band is currently busy on the road with a string of concerts stretching well into mid-September.
Watch this totally mindblowing video in the player below.