Muse Release Video for 'Panic Station,' Accidentally Offend Eastern Culture

British rockers cause controversy with the use of the infamous Rising Sun Flag in their latest video off "The 2nd Law."

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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.

Prior to "Panic Station," the trio has released videos for "Supremacy" and "Follow Me,", with plans for the new album already well on their way.

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.

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    Crazy Asians. God love 'em.
    Well, it's more or less an eastern equivalent to the swastika, so I can understand they got upset.
    They also got upset when an MMA fighter (GSP) walked out with it on a headband not realizing what it meant.
    Well, maybe, but by that logic, the Union Jack and Confederate flags should be equally as offensive and hurtful, shouldn't they?
    Not really, as the neither is associated with genocide. The Imperial War flag is not just a war flag after all, it was under that banner that the japanese exterminated other asians (mainly Chinese and Koreans) during WWII.
    yeah, good point. i mean, no one ever got pushed around under the confederate flag.....
    @TheBigDirty716: There were no instances of mass killing of another nation under the Confederate flag, which was Blargaha's point. Pay attention, man.
    And I hope you understand that genocide is slightly worse than "getting pushed around".
    I think "The Rape of Nanking" is classified as germicide perpetrated by the Japanese against the Chinese. But yeah.
    Nobody complains when the Confederate flag or pictures of Stalin being put up for public display, yet fret over some Japanese war flag? Some people in Asia are still living in the past, I'm afraid. I'm an Asian (but I'm NOT a Japanese) and I don't see the Rising Sun flag as being offensive whatsoever. Sure it's a symbol of Japanese tyranny during the Second World War, but that's just the past. It's not as controversial as the German swastika, and a lot of musicians have the rising sun flag emblazoned on their guitars [Trivium's Matt Heafy, for example].Personally, I don't have any problems with it at all. We Asians need to grow up and maturate (is this even a word?) as a culture and as a society as a whole.
    I don't know where you're from but i've heard people complain about the confederate flag being flown all the time.
    Yeah because southern racism is still somewhat of a problem and some people still believe that "the south wil rise again". Same with the swastika, it has modern symbolism because of Neo-Nazis. But WWII is over and people in Japan are super anti-war, so I don't think you can put all of those flags in the same standard
    I don't know where you're from but as a New Yorker who moved down south, the number of non racists far, far outweigh the racists here, no one would take an argument seriously that a large number of people will believe the south will rise again. With that logic I can just say things like, there are some people who believe the world will end tomorrow, cause im sure there are a few that might, but that doesn't make it worth mentioning
    DId I ever assert that the south was mostly racist? Please read what I wrote, before you start assuming things that I never pointed out. Are there people in the south that are racist? Clearly. In Mississipi, the most republican state, 46% of the republicans stated that interracial marriage should be banned.That's a problem. Again, I'm not saying that the South is entirely racist. I'm saying that in the south, racism is a a legitimate problem.
    Gerard Way Jr
    I live in Texas; Confederate flags are everywhere - lots of McGraw-loving rednecks - and even here people find it offensive. Granted, imagery in a music video is a different animal than the flag itself, but for the record even in Texas people don't like seeing the Confederate flag.
    You need to work on your grammar.
    Gerard Way Jr
    I'm the last person in this thread who needs to work on grammar. I've earned college hours from testing well in English. so no
    Those college hours mean little as I was referring to your incorrect use of the semicolon. Please, don't come all holier than thou with me, you're no better than I or anyone one else on this site. Just because you live in America, doesn't give you the right to look down on people.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Considering 100 people took the test that earned me the credits and only 4 got the same score, I would say that they do matter. Where I live has nothing to do with it, nor does it motivate what I said. S: I don't even know where you got that. Again, did you make an account just to bitch me out? Because I don't see any other comments you've made and you registered today. I don't think I'm better than anyone else on the site. You were the one who called me out on grammar. No one else cares. You tell me who has the problem. Semicolon use was correct. The second sentence was extended. It's equivalent to me saying "I live in Texas; Confederate flags are everywhere." Semicolon links two statements. Incorrect use of comma, by the way.
    Thanks for the feedback. I would take it seriously if it wasn't completely sarcastic and condescending. I couldn't care less about your educational background, nobody has the right to talk down to me and condescend me the way you have. I made a suggestion, it's not exactly calling you out in fact it is you who has taken it out of context. The sentence that your semicolon is placed in is grammatically incorrect. Have a nice day.
    Mr. Blode your coming off as a huge douche burger. Jst becuz I type lik diz dosnt mean I talk or type lik dis in formal matters of reel lyfe. In other words, Mr. Way Jr doesn't have to type proper on a forum. I'm sure when he does his papers for college/Job Apps/formal things etc, he does it grammatically correct. Grammar Nazi's who assume things like that from people online need to check their ego at the door, and screw off. I bet Jr can school you in grammar in real life, like ya know not an informal website.
    Gerard Way Jr
    I'm not condescending anybody. In fact, you registered in order to condescend me. No hard feelings, alright? Calm down.
    Well said. Given that it's the main feature of the Japanese national flag and the video is set in Japan, I doubt they're using it for any reason other than to signify that.
    As they say "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it." The idea that "this happened in the past, lets ignore it" is itself a very immature idea. Maybe people should try learning about what symbols mean before blatantly using them in an effort to look cool.
    Vicryl 2.0
    my grandfather's brother was killed by a japanese general after he tried helping the children of dead filipino soldiers pass across a bridge. adding injury to that, a rising sun flag was put on his house and anyone who removes the flag will be shot. It may not be offensive to you but there are allot still find it offensive. I dont hate Japanese, one of my closest friend is a japanese.
    Sound like The Darkness playing P-Funk through the eyes of the Mighty Boosh. At least better than there recent Dubshit!
    motherf**king AWESOME!
    dat... BASS
    Aye. It's such a simple bassline, but a great one nonetheless.
    It sounds like they tried to simultaneously rip off Michael Jackson and the Chili Peppers. Typical Muse crap masquerading as "experimental" Second most overrated band of our time.
    comments like that show that they are obviously not overrated and are almost underrated, Matt Bellamy has more talent than most modern rock artists that are in the charts but hey let me know if you can come up with something better
    I was a casual fan of Muse in the past, but I haven't liked anything off of the latest album at all.
    Whatever happened to the counter-culture? I mean, yeah ignorance is no excuse and thats their fault. You can't please everyone
    How has nobody pointed out the similarity of the horns between this song and Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch"? Not saying they are copying, because this song is still pretty cool.
    Well, the flag is being used to this very day by the Japanese navy so I really don't know exactly how offensive the majority of easterners deem it to be. I mean, some radical Muslim sects are offended by the U.S. flag. Point being, it's hard to make everyone happy...
    I actually like this track. Its fun and catchy. Oh wait, sorry, I mean NOOOO ITS NOT THEIR OLD STUFF RABBLE RABBLE
    they should have ****ed with everyone and apologized for the rising sun flag, said they would change it, then repost it with a swastika flag
    i know its wrong to laugh, but thats still funny! on a side note, i MIGHT be the only one to +1 that. haha! (edit: or not...)
    swastika flag is horrible, it should never be used for anything, as a Jew I should be offended, but that is funny comment so I give it a +.
    That would have been genius. However the "swastika" is still used an important folk symbol in Latvia (eloquently termed the "Thunder Cross"), and in some parts of the Hindu religion. Also its eeeeeverywhere in Greek and Roman art (easy decoration), and also the Cambridge University rowing team in the 1920's was named "The Swastikas" and had the symbol printed on their shirts. Moral of the story is, no matter what symbol you go with, you're guaranteed to piss off at least one group with it
    The Nazi cross points to the right (extreme right if you will)the other similar cross points to the left. Thats how you know if the guy wearing it is a Gestapo agent or a Buddhist. =)
    Even by todays set very low.....these guys are on of the most overrated bands of all time....
    Is it just me or are these guys getting more and more blatant with ripping stuff of others? I keep hearing Michael Jackson throughout this, especially "Thriller" - substitute "It's chaos that defies imagination" with "terror takes the sound before you make it" and bingo. I really used to like these guys but the last couple of albums just seems to be them ripping ideas off everyone else.
    I picked up on that too. It's "Thriller" meets "Another One Bites The Dust." I do dig the backing horn section though. As for the rest of the song, I'll pass.
    It is definately influenced by Michael Jackson. But I think they put enough of a twist on it to make it their own at the same time. I think it's an awesome song. Probably my favorite on the album.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Sounds like Queen. Hot Space-era this time. They're either Queen or Radiohead. Muse can't make its own ****ing music.
    I love radiohead been to the concert but never have i understood how muse sounds like them.well muse were now they just play pussy rock
    I love radiohead been to the concert but never have i understood how muse sounds like them.well muse were great now they just play pussy rock
    They haven't sounded anything close to a Radiohead rip-off since 1999. Queen yes they have been emulating for a few years now, but the Radiohead influence was just a load of perpetuated crap especially since there's a bunch of more indie bands that sound more like Radiohead than Muse ever did and never get criticized for it.
    that's like saying if someone plays metal they're ripping off Sabbath...
    Gerard Way Jr
    No, it really does just sound exactly like Hot Space-era Queen. It isn't that Muse doesn't have talented performers, it's just...they're basically updating other artists' work.
    No, no, it's not. It's like saying if a Doom Metal band uses harmonies and melodies that are very Sabbath-esque, they're channeling Sabbath. (Btw, a lot of generic Doom Metal bands sound exactly like Sabbath but with more distortion.)
    Sounds like Queen. Hot Space-era this time. They're either Queen or Radiohead. Muse can't make their own ****ing music. Take a class or something.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Considering that I made two perfect 5s on the high school AP English tests from the classes I did take Aaand was one out of 4 in the entire school to get them, I've decided to disregard your request. Did you register just to bitch?
    Well, it seems you're quite the scholar but you're making fundamental mistakes. I appreciate that mistakes are part of the learning process but just take the criticism and do something positive with it. Just to correct you, I didn't make any request to you so technically you can't disregard it. I was simply making a suggestion with a subtle hint of sarcasm. I've been registered on this site for a while now but have recently changed e-mail accounts so using this as my new primary account. Have a nice day.
    Gerard Way Jr
    It's the internet, not an AP test. Idgaf. This thread is to discuss the music video and the flag controversy, not my grammar.
    Classic withdrawal tactic. That comparison makes me chuckle because all you have done for the last few comments is highlight your educational achievements and now you are disregarding them. If commenting on the Internet is so insignificant, why spam me with all your achievements in the English language? Have a good one.
    Gerard Way Jr
    I finished the discussion above, which pretty much said anything I'd need to here. Highlighted educational achievements to disregard your "you need to take a class" remark. You then said I was making fundamental mistakes, to which I said it isn't bothering me because it's the Internet. How I present myself here and whether or not I need further education are unrelated. You should seriously smoke something and calm down, bro. No need for conflict.
    You know what, they are related. How one conducts oneself in any public forum is subject to criticism. On a side note, I had a pretty important job interview today and I really need need to get the job. I don't smoke and I'm not drinking at the moment so apologies for my knee jerk reactions to your grammar. Time for me to hit the hay. Peace.
    Gerard Way Jr
    It's subject to criticism and that's cool, but aren't we past the age of criticism...and random "ur merican so u suk" remarks...on the internet? Is it really so harmful to your eyes that you have to openly bitch on an unrelated thread? Again, no hard feelings. Good luck with the job; I've got three applications out myself.
    MiKe Hendryckz
    troll is trolling. ignore him dude. edit: maybe he's not.....either way @gerard just ignore the goof.
    Thrice Capades
    Sure, the video offended the Eastern culture. But they should be more concerned about offending anybody with ears. Because...ya know...their last two albums were crap.
    Love this album. But I've always got the feeling it was a mix between Queen (Another One Bites the Dust) and David Bowie (Fame). I can actually sing both over top of it. Still different. I gotta give Muse props for not following the norm.
    This song is catchy! I like it. And also like some people have said, that bass!
    This is the same band that wrote "Knights of Cydonia"? They morphed from a bad Radiohead clone to a juvenille Queen clone. Another One Bites the Suck.
    I'm offended that people are that easily offended. (Maybe they just really didn't like the song)
    Reminds me of The Power Station - Some Like It Hot with the saxophones and the drums, even the bass has a hint of the style.
    Musical Meds
    its funny that muse thinks that theyre pushing the envelope, but its just 80s music with higher production values. But i guess this the decade of rehashing old shit (movie remakes and pitbull ripping off old songs)
    Musical Meds
    I love how 'stray from the path' has been using the rising sun as their logo for years and no one has brought it up. I guess it takes muse for all you to react.
    i thought this was a single months ago... its been on the radio that long
    i bet if they were asian it would be ok.they better only do videos in Europe . i hate our world.