I don’t believe just doing this means I can be forgiven for what I did.
February 1, 2013 11:51 PM Subscribe
posted by Ghidorah (76 comments total)
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A couple days ago, Minami Minegishi, a 20 year-old member of the wholesome
idol group AKB48
posted a video of herself, head shaved
, tearfully begging
not to be fired from the group. What horrible crime did she commit? What awful, unpardonable sin caused her demotion and public humilation? Dating.
From the Japan Today article, Members of AKB48 "are allowed to have “one-sided romantic feelings” for a boy but can never progress beyond hinting at their crush—and must never disabuse their legions of male fans that they might one day stand a chance with their fantasy woman."
Reactions have been quite strong, though in recent months, other members have been demoted or transferred to regional AKB48 'sister' groups for similar violations. Flaws in the idol system
are pretty widespread. Maybe this is a moment for a new union movement