Okay , quoting some of the best arguments over the news ,and fan blogs ,i'm gonna try and explain my point of view. Although it's gonna be as nonsense and weird as what she did to the world . I don't really expect people to understand her and her actions ,even most Japanese(including me) can't understand this incident. But we do respect what she believe to be the right thing , in her own nonsense way . most of us , specially in tumblr are nonsense to the world anyways .Or are we ?
Shaving your head is an act of apology (rarely seen btw) . I am just glad she didn't kill herself cause this ,actually , when a japanese feel that she somehow "ashamed" herself/family/whatever her believes was . This is something more common in here .I it happened a few times even to people closed to me ,and this was not nearly any news to the CNN world at all .
So in some countries people shot others , getting into school , theaters , explode bombs . . . this weirdness and nonsense happens anywhere , . s . a . d . l . y . enough and it's not connected to the nation believes , it's one person act . Connecting what she did with Japanese culture nowadays is a litlle bit misleading interpretation in my opinion.
Shaving head was a punishment in ancient china to make a criminal feels shame and because when a person do that to himself it's a sign of making a fresh start in life. Someone explained to me that's why all chinese monks shaved their heads. if this is true. honestly . idk . that being told, since most of our believes come from our ancient times , and in Japan a lot of things came from the Ancient China ,this just might make some sense over this believe . truly idk.
like i've said ,even most Japanese(including me) can't understand this incident . but what we can do is respect her nonsense action ,if one judge it as such . i am just happy to see her now , in this photo , with the support of the group members .
" My friends (especially female) are shocked by this and are in outrage about and seem to think Japan is under some kind of sexist regimental scheme. She broke a contractual agreement and is apologising for doing so publicly . I wish people would stop being like "Japan is fucked up" "Japan is weird" because of isolated incidents. Japan just might have a very rich and interesting culture if people looked properly. "
This contractual agreement that she did ,or so it seems ,it's part of the group image .
As a japanese i know a lot of fans that actually respect them for their believes ,even if such people don't actually follow the same believes . And it's not like we don't do things alike ourselves , we respect vegans ,but some of us aet meat . We respect people who devoted their lifes to help others , but we do not most of the time . We value the selfless act but instead , most of us are selfish ( human nature maybe ? )
try to think positively about most situations . . . ( i wish she had someone to tell her that ) before she shaved her f*ing head !
like everything and anything else in here today let's give some space and respect .
- Yoshi .
“you think it’s cool to hate things, but it’s not. It’s boring. Talk about what you love, and keep quiet about what you don’t.”
As a huge fan of AKB, I'm really happy to see this. My view may be biased because I already know this girl and have loved her for her determination and hard work for years, but seeing the articles all over the internet bashing AKB and Japan is heartbreaking. People don't understand the culture and are blowing this up more than it should have been. I have so much respect for her and while I wish she didn't have to feel so ashamed, I accept her decision and I'll continue to support her with all my heart. I wish people could be more understanding... Thank you for the support, jyoujo! <3
People just need to respect other cultures sure what may be strange to some is the norm in other cultures. and it was clear that this girl wasn't some radical, or whatsoever and shaved head with a logical reasoning ability.
Wow, well i respect her, if that is her way of appoligizing for what she had done, then let it be so, everybody is different into showing how their sorry, and these days a simple appoligy in words just isnt enough these days, for a lot of people. this girl knows how to get her appoligy across, and i repsect that.
great job in supporting her, she needs it, and deserves it.
The only thing I will comment about this whole thing is the fact that I hate how "outsiders" impose their view on something where they have no understanding and don't bother to research on.
First off, in Western countries, like America, a scandal like this will be big time publicity and NO ONE, not ONE person, will be apologizing, let along TRYING to redeem themselves.
Secondly, I agree with you - it could have been a lot worse.
And the last point, and this being my issue with idols and contracts in Japan - The agencies need to give their idols a break and let them have a bit of a life! >_ Signing a contract with a Japanese idol agency in their teens doesn't mean that it WILL decide EVERYTHING they do for the REST of their life (and sometimes the idols doesn't even sign the contract, they need a parent's consent for underage people).
Don't get me started on the tabloids and the paparazzi.... -_- they NEED a life instead of being stalkers to people who WANT to have a life....
Not sure if scandal or marketing. Actually I am pretty skeptic about most public scandals since most of them result in the parts getting better heard of, more compassionate people (as I can see among the comments). I am not in position to classify this as one or another, but niether is more fortunate than the other - more reasons for me not to like AKB. The story is still sad on many levels..
yeah, I've seen lots of people on internet saying that Japan is weird and that what she did was wrong, she should have stoop up and be against this "sexist" act... I believe that what she did wasn't wrong, I mean, she's only 20, a teenager, and what she did was kind of normal to our eyes (western people). The thing is that AKB48 is an extremely strict group... There are plenty of rules to follow once you're in this group. I don't judge Minami, and I understand her decision... But I wonder if those idols would come to live a normal life one day... I hope so... I've seen some pictures of the other members cheering her up and supporting her to get back to her normal self... I'm really reliefed ^v^ I'm not an AKB fan, but I admire the members for being under such a huge pressure!
While I have much I could say, I will only say this: If you cannot take the time to "stick your nose" in everybody's business (all the world) then only keep it on your own. If a person isn't drastically effecting your life or the life of your loved ones, concentrate on being a positive roll model to all the people around us. What more is there?
Just do the right thing and forgive those who make mistakes. We are not perfect....ever.
The way I see it, she's a loyal person who made a mistake, feels guilty about it, and is trying to make up for it, if in a sorta extreme way. She's a 20-year-old, if an idol, and I honestly can't blame her for what she did. Plus, she apologized, and I respect her for that even more. That contract perhaps wasn't the wisest thing to do, but I think we all know how the entertainment industry works... That said... What I really despise in this story, aside from the "group rules", is the press. She might be a star, but no one should be entitled to interfere in that way in someone's private life. Sometimes they forget that idols are really just people.
The whole situation's a mess. My first reaction to seeing that vid was what the f*ck. Seriously? Bringing it back to the middle ages. Ancient tradition or not, self punishment is bullsh*t. You only end up hurting yourself while everyone else is out celebrating or just don't care. And the whole keeping them pure thing is creepy as hell. Like, look at all these pretty underage girls! Maybe one day you can sleep with them, they're available and they're virgins! Look at all the cute faces they make! Buncha pervs.
In Italy a couple of TV news aired this video and I was very sad to see it... Not just because it gave a wrong view on Japanese culture (I'm not Japanese but I have quite a knowledge about it, and for what I know Japan was not so historically concerned with purity and such, Italy was sometimes far worse till some decades ago...), "oh look japanese are really crazy" etc...
The worst thing in all this is that I cannot but think that she signed a contract and she knew that... I think it's not right to make young girls (or boys) sign a contract saying they cannot see who they want, when they want to, just because some "fans" can dream of them by their side like puure angels, because it's plain stripping them off their freedom. I could understand it the contract was something like "do drugs and you're out", but really, "find a boyfriend and you're out" is simply not right... If you sign a contract like that when you're 12, well it may not look like a big deal, but that cannot be forever and when they understand that it's too late... Maybe it was her decision all along, but let's be honest, idols are chosen and brainwashed since they're little boys or girls, so I think they're very vulnerable from this point of view, and I'm convinced someone (don't care if her fans, her mother, her producer...) put so much pression on her she felt obliged to...
Japan is not the guilty here, but a part of the entertaining industry sure is.
entertainment , it's all about it . for better or for worse . we cannot escape it though , cause this is our generation making those steps . we might not share the same idea but , we cannot live outside this mess up world . somehow , it is our mess too .
actually I never got into akb, I always thought they were too robotic and so I never really took an interest. But when I heard that they also had scandals, those little imperfections made me like them more. Ganbate Minami-san~
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It's weird, but I think I kinda respect her for shaving her head. Sure, it was a rather senseless thing to do but us girls value our hair very much, and for her to be humble enough to post a video of herself in such a state and not cover it up with a wig was pretty brave...
man whatever isolated accidents happen worldwide. I love japan and not just because of anime but for its culture, life style, traditions and the deeper ancient respect and point of view of its people. I want to go there before I die that's for sure ^~
I watched her message video some days ago when I heard about this incident and I was shocked. I didn't and don't blame Japan or its culture for it, I think this issue is simply caused by the strict rules of the group, which I can't even accept. I don't think one should put young girls, like they are, under such a pressure (even if they chose this way by themselves). Making a young girl go this far, shaving her head (we all know how important hair is to most of the young girls nowadays) to apologize for something this natural makes me sad. And I pity her. To blame a girl for loving someone is just not right. I don't wanna judge her and I don't wanna spread hate or whatever, I just feel so sad about her situation... I feel sorry for her and I hope their management will think about one or the other rule for the sake of the girls due to this incident.
Poor girl =/ I think she should be able to date; especially spend the night at her mans house if she wants to! She shouldn't be FORCED to have her head shaved... unless it was somehow in a contract or something o_O (that sounds horrible, I know.)
And people will always say "Japan is weird" just because the culture is so different. Weird pretty much means different, I guess. But I think Japan seems pretty awesome.
What does this mean? I read about it but I don't really think that what she did was bad. The entertainment industry in Asia has always been strict. If I loved being an idol I would probably shave my head too. I don't know I'm just happy she didn't kill herself.
I had to look this up in the news. I have no real comment on what happened to her and how she reacted (though I am also glad she didn't kill herself over this), but about your deviation. What does it mean? "Keep calm and apologize?" "Keep calm and shave your head?" "Keep calm and quit flipping out over this idol singer?" I think it worked since I stopped to read the description.
Ha. It was just to get attention. I have no keep calm and ....
But what I think is ,she did that herself . No one said she should or else so, Keep calm and be free to do what you want. If it is spending the night in someone's house , Cool ! If it is shave your head because you feel Like it . Great ! Do what you want , if you believe it's true .
Some people cut themselves ...
I just don't like seeing people trying to Idealize and more judge then comprehend . Just be free . Oe way or the other .
I totally agree with your take on this matter. I keep seeing comments like 'this is sexist!' or 'this is really humilliating to a woman', but they don't really know that SHE decided to it, mostly (probably) because of the pressure, and she also signed a contract, you have to be careful with that stuff if you have a contract. And really, isn't it worse in other countries, where young women like Minami are stoned to death or hit with sticks or their intimate parts are mutilated for a little less than what she did? We need to get off our high horse and stop thinking the rest of the world is 'weird' because they have entirely different ideas of honor and virtue, and because this girl had a contract and didn't respect it. Besides, some male idols lose fans too if they get girlfriends or get married, as far as I know, so I don't think it's sexist at all :/
I remember something similar happened in Korea some months ago, a male singer fell in love with an actress and his fans began insulting her and threaten her, she even had to take down her website... You're right, sexism is not the problem here, but I think it still is a problem if a contract can decide things like that instead of you... And it sure is not a cultural problem, Japan is not (at least not always) like that
But you see, the contract is not the problem, the problem is that you supposedly READ the contract and agree to everything in it before signing it, if I didn't agree with the part that says that I can't have a boyfriend, I wouldn't sign it. And it's also not the company's problem, it's the desire of the fans themselves to want their idols to remain 'pure', hence why the companies decide to make the contracts like this. I guess they've have problems before with this situations when the contracts did not specify these kinds of things, and now they want to protect them somehow.
you hit the point here... it's just a bit sad that people want so much to be part of it to choose to give up themselves end their freedom... but as you said, nobody forced her or anyone else to sign that contract
I didn't know about the events going on around that girl, so I went on the internet and... I don't get why it's such a big thing... The only thing I see is a girl asking for forgivness and who shave her hair, there's nothing wrong with that, is it?
I think the main problem is: she shaved her head because she broke a contract that said she wasn't allowed to date anyone to make her look more cute and innocent. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but many different TV and Internet sources say so.
I really respect your take on the matter, I looked into this after reading your opinions... Some people's comment are just so rude, I admit that I do not know much about Japanese culture, but I think that I can tell, when someone is being rude or assuming things that they really don't know about... It makes me sad...
who haven't done stupid things ? Or a harm to itself or others ? Or even better ,do something if felt right ? by the time she did that , she was only focusing on what would make her fell like it was right . no judging . thank you for your comment , it was such a fuzz even in here cause people have already so much to talk about other people lives in the social media things . it seems they just found yet another thing to complain or express their opinion in dislikes matter ,disbelieves and everything else just to be part of something . Aw we humans . . . such a wonderful thing .
I agree! A lot of modern day media focuses a lot on negative thing, and a great deal of it is done to put down, or make other cultures look bad, they just show the things that seem foreign to their respective culture, and then people who see it suddenly assume that that specific culture is weird or crazy... Our own culture also disrespects itself and it's people, and one think I work very hard to do as a person, is to not be judgmental. It is difficult but I try ^_^
the truth is , we all want to feel happy , by not conquer that by our own merit and personality / hard work/ whatever it floats people boats . They tend to see other miserable acts to feel better , to define them as normal or even better so .
What they don't know is that there's no such thing as normal .