The photographs of Minami Minegishi , a year-old member of the juggernaut pop group AKB48 , reportedly appeared in the most recent edition of a Japanese tabloid magazine. According to the Japan Daily Press, the pictures show the young woman — disguised in a face mask and hat — leaving the apartment of her boyfriend Alan Shirahama. Within hours of the photo’s publication, Minegishi took to YouTube to beg forgiveness for what she called her ” thoughtless and immature ” actions. I am so sorry,” Minegishi, who appears with a shorn head in the video, said, according to the Herald Sun. As the BBC explains, head-shaving is a “traditional form of showing contrition in Japan. According to the BBC, the band is made up of about 90 young women who, “in teams, appear daily in their own theatre and regularly on television, in adverts, and in magazines. The group’s management agency has already demoted Minegishi to a trainee team as punishment and has yet to decide whether or not the woman will stay in the group, the Guardian reports. In the wake of Minegishi’s apology and the backlash she’s endured from her agency, some commentators have lamented the woman’s extreme reaction and have criticized the group’s managers for taking matters too far.
Minami Minegishi, Japanese Pop Star, Shaves Head As Penance For Dating (VIDEO)
As an idol blogger, you pretty much have to be and when I first found out about it a few years ago, I wasn’t okay with it. I thought it was an unrealistic favor to ask from a bunch of teenagers and I thought it was completely unfair that an idol could lose her career over dating someone else. However, over time I’ve learned to suck it up and deal with it.
I’m aware that the rule can’t change because idols are market as pure and unobtainable to please the views of a portion of the fanbase. Wotas like they’re idols virginal and pure and an idol dating would shatter that image. And since wotas make companies money, the no dating rule ain’t going anywhere any time soon.
As if this heartbreaking apology weren’t enough, some J-Pop idols are harassed by otaku through social media. Videos also are posted of otaku destroying posters and other merchandise of the idol in a violent manner. Angry because the girl doesn’t belong to them and she isn’t the perfect image of.
A Japanese pop starlet recorded a tearful video and shaved her head, a traditional gesture of contrition, to apologize for breaking her band’s cardinal rule: Advertisement “If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band. Everything I did is entirely my fault. I am so sorry,” said Minami Minegishi, 20, during the nearly four minute video that has been seen nearly 6.
Her phenomenally successful band AKB48 consists of about 90 girls from their mid-teens to early 20s, who are strongly marketed on their sex appeal. The band’s management forbids the members from dating boys for fear that it might shatter the illusion that their male fans might end up with them one day, reports the Agence France-Presse. The magazine claimed they had a passionate night together. The soft spoken idol’s eyes welled up with tears that cascaded down her cheeks in steady streams.
Her face conveyed genuine pain and embarrassment. She bowed her head in shame before a stark gray wall — a far cry from the AKB48 fantasy world she supposedly betrayed. AKB48, considered the world’s largest pop group, is divided into several teams that appear daily throughout Japanese media — in theater, television, advertisements and magazines.
AKB48 singer shaves her head as act of contrition for dating
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This is the eighth single of the group of “princely” idols. This single is about the theme of Princess Kaguya, a character from a fifth century Japanese folk tale, also called Taketori monogatari (竹取物語, «The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter») or Kaguya-hime no monogatari (かぐや姫の物語, «The Tale of Princess Kaguya»).
I got carried away. Also, for the record, I am completely opposed to the “no dating” rule for idols. Probably didn’t seem that way in the blog though. We all heard about it. Even among us fans, it caused controversy. There were a lot of fights. Some wanted to berate Minami and support the no dating rule and others like me were supporting Minami and speaking out against the no dating rule.
Japan will be under heavy focus since I know the Japanese music industry the best. When it comes to how the countries and foreigners of course perceive their idols, fan of Japanese music and fans of Korean music see them in very similar ways. J-idols and K-idols are treated very similarly. What the clause says actually is that idols cannot be caught dating.
A J-idol and a K-idol can both date, but they must keep it a secret. If they are found out, that is when they have violated their contract. That is when they have done “wrong” No one can know.
But what are idols, and where do they fit in pop culture? What exactly are idols? These days, the most popular groups are large girl bands some with literally dozens of members , though small groups or solo performers aren’t unheard of either.
Os idols nem sequer podem estar em relacionamentos, ouvi dizer que uma idol quando foi descoberta por estar a namorar às escondidas, a empresa (não sei concretamente) obrigaram-na a rapar o cabelo e pedir desculpas em frente da câmera.
I’ve always thought that the K-pop industry was pretty extreme, but as I’ve gotten into AKB48 though the show, J-pop seems to be pretty extreme too. I don’t want to make any generalizations or inaccurate conclusions like I know a lot of non-K-pop fans do about K-pop , so I’m looking for answers from people who are J-pop fans. I just want to get an idea of what the J-pop industry is like for the AKB48 idols.
Some things I’ve noticed: For one, Japanese idols seem to be much more overtly sexualized as opposed to the more subtle sexualization in K-pop. I could look up almost any Japanese trainee on Produce 48 and find a gravure photoshoot of them. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just different, but a lot of the AKB48 members are really young. I was watching some AKBingo clips where they were having a contest for the sexiest chest and another for the sexiest legs, where Chiba Erii participated.
Everyone, including the grown male MCs, were casually commenting on the attractiveness of their chest or legs. Is it expected that if you are an idol in AKB48, you are going to be explicitly sexualized? Is the overt sexualization of young idols just a normal thing that people don’t really care about in Japan? The other thing is regarding dating. So, in K-pop, if an idol dates, they’ll receive some backlash from fans, and it’s usually kept hidden. But K-pop idols aren’t really actually banned from dating, and many do it in secret.
While shocking to many in the West, such behaviour is relatively normal in the sometimes bizarre world of Japanese popular culture. During a recent visit to Osaka, Japan, I visited one of my favourite haunts, Junkudo bookshop. Waiting in line at the checkout, I looked at the displays above the cashiers, usually reserved for Japanese popular fiction.
A list of Asian pop stars who broke the internet (for a while) with their romances.
All I know is this is sick. That she has to shave her head, beg for forgiveness, and pray and beg to be kept in a bad that is completely devoid of talent shows beyond a doubt how ridiculous the band and its management are. She won’t be allowed to stay in, of course — god forbid she leave behind the days of ‘innocent teenage girl in lingerie gyrating her hips’ to be in a real-life, private relationship! And now how many middle-aged men will drool over her pic with the head shaved?
They don’t want to see a young woman forced to be contrite over being human, teary-eyed, and begging, with no cute little locks bobbing as she shakes her butt! I hope she DOES get canned just so she can later realize how superficial the band and management are, and how wrong she was to feel bad about being free. They’re all in relationships! How can her parents stand by and watch that?
Why don’t they pull her out of the group? She signed a contract. The Idol industry in Japan is very strict and always has been and she knows this. It’s terrible for her, and the fact that she felt she had to shave her head to apologize is very sad, but that’s the way it is. That being said, I think the idol industry needs a major overhaul.
AKB48, headshaving and the sexual politics of J
CUBE, a kpop entertainment agency who has made some interesting decisions recently, to say the least. Now, there are three shocking things to this: Now, everyone is super confused by this but the international community is mostly supportive. The Korean one, though, not so much. Fans are NOT happy, as of course, they never are. Obviously, at this point Triple H is gone.
Dating is just one of those things that korea views as something that negatively affects idols because being single is part of the appeal, though the time it was a scandal is .
An unpopular opinion is knowing that it’s for insubordination Click to expand While I agree its insubordination in theory and Kpop is unfair and idols know this and that about idol life firing them to silence them and saying its about ethics and morals is just ridiculously absurd to me. No, firing them was some hot b. Triple H was the perfect way for Cube to create reasonable doubt and that’s all they really needed to hide the truth from people.
They’ve done it before with Hyuna in the form of Troublemaker because some serious dating rumors came out, to the point where now after this mess I feel like Troublemaker were a real couple and Cube has used this strategy before. Was there even a clause in their contract that established a dating ban or even a trust clause? We will never know! Or did Cube just fire them out of spite, fear of the fans, and or complete and utter stupidity, either way, Hyuna and E’Dawn’s “insubordination” is dwarfed by the amount of negative press they got from this that has badly impacted their reputation.
It’s one thing to say you’re going to treat your idols like human beings and then discard them when they act like real human beings. They are just covering for themselves.
AKB48 idol begs for fans’ mercy after breaking dating ban
But behind the clean-faced and beautiful men and women singing and dancing to sophisticated pop tunes usually written by Scandinavians, funnily enough , is there a well of darkness and horror? Of course there is; there always is. The group TVXQ seems to suffer particular attention. Group members have had their hotel rooms broken into and been kissed while they were sleeping, and their family members have received deranged calls.
Sasaeng fans are highly territorial, attacking other fans who dare to get too close to or touch a pop idol.
With the latest couple “Kaistal” Kai and Krystal joining the Asian pop dating scene, we take a look at some of our fave couples that came forward to say they’re dating AFTER the pictures were leaked XD After the secret date snaps were published by Dispatch, SM quickly confirmed the details. Fukase said “Yes,” he was. He also divulged that they’d been dating for 2 years. It was a watershed moment for the agencies too, as they confirmed the relationship prior to that, most agencies would deny it, even in the face of proof.
The two apologised to fans, and surprisingly, a lot of fans accepted their public relationship. They even got notes of encouragement from them. Their secret rendezvous stirred up the imaginations, but their hectic schedule ended up getting in the way and the pair called it quits last year after a year together. From Seoul to London, the pair were snapped everywhere! Around August last year, the pair uploaded cryptic clues on Instagram alluding to their singleness.
There have been no sightings of the pair together in a little while, but with these 2, you never know XD 6.