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8:11 pm - 04/10/2012

Indie idol confesses to her dark past [TRIGGERING: RAPE, SELF HARM, CHILD ABUSE/PEDO, SUICIDE]



An underaged female idol wrote a blog post recently about how she had been raped, also partook in underage drinking, smoking, money-borrowing, and compensation dating. She alleged, “I was forced into his car and then raped.”

This has caused quite a stir on the internet…

The idol in question is Miaan. On April 6th, she wrote a blog entry about what she had experienced thus far as an idol, and that blog entry has been the point of some heated discussions online about the state of the entertainment industry.

[TRIGGERING: RAPE, SELF HARM, CHILD ABUSE/PEDO, SUICIDE]

Miaan wrote about her upbringing, her loneliness, and her experiences in being the victim of bullying. In middle school, she committed self-harm by cutting her wrists because she felt life had no meaning. At the same time, her relationships with her friends also deteriorated.

After that, she fell in love with a host, and borrowed money for him under her name, and was forced to prostitute herself as a result. She suffered a mental breakdown, and she started looking for other means of income through cell-phone dating sites. In writing, the men promised to lend her the money, but in reality, she’d meet up with them and they’d have their way with her, going as far as raping her.

After such a shocking confession, her management agency fired her.

Her ameba page: http://profile.ameba.jp/miaaaan-1109/


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chiima 11th-Apr-2012 01:04 am (UTC)
This really makes me wonder what other Idols go through this! It makes the Idol industry look a lot scarier, now...

And seriously, her agency are that self-centred and dickish? I would sue the agency if they hid the shady, behind the scenes acts that go on, allowing their Idols to be hurt! It's disgusting what these people do to their acts!
yellyell 11th-Apr-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
lol What is she then? A fake one?
yellyell 11th-Apr-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
That's still an idol. If you think this shit doesn't happen with "legit" agencies you are delusional because it was pretty much proven it already did.
yellyell 11th-Apr-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I didn't say they did. However I wouldn't be surprised if this stuff went on behind the scenes a lot in "legit" agencies and everyone knows about Johnny and the sketchy things the AKB girls got in trouble for. Plus little agencies have this problem as well.

It's not the agency's fault she did this and I don't blame them for firing her but they are assholes. The poor girl has had a shitty life that she doesn't deserve to have and she needs support at this time, not hate or people shaming her.
yellyell 11th-Apr-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Why is it so strange to you that it happens? You should not be so ignorant about such things. I'm not saying that everyone is taken advantage of because I don't believe that but chances are some companies are going to take advantage of young untalented pretty girls who are away from their families and at some point. Duh.

What were the accusations against Johnny for if nothing ever happens? Are you saying those people who accused him were lying because your precious Jpop can't be tainted at all because everything in Japan is perfect and kawaii desu?
coika 11th-Apr-2012 10:02 am (UTC)
Dude there are so many women who get raped by superiors and bosses at regular companies I have no doubt in my mind that the idol industry is no exception no matter how big or small the office.

While I would think (and sincerely hope) it's not something that many are faced with, the reality is that it happens more often than you would think.
coika 12th-Apr-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I think people are generally just expressing their outrage at how the industry obviously ignores when people like this need help or some kind of intervention as long as it generates profits.

Although I agree that she obviously can't work in these conditions and needs to be let go, the fact of the matter is that I'm sure these conditions were affecting her long before she posted this blog, the company knew it, but instead chose to stay silent, ignored, and/or exasperated her condition in order to hopefully turn a profit. Now that she's wrote this entry, her "pure" image is ruined and she got canned because she will no longer be profitable without that.

So the problem isn't the fact that she was let go, it's the fact she was only let go when the company could no longer squeeze anything out of her like a disposable thing instead of stepping in earlier to try to help or letting her go in order for her to get help. There was a better way to handle this than how they did.
synthetique 15th-Apr-2012 10:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, what sketchy things did the AKB girls get in trouble for? When/who got in trouble?
kame_94 11th-Apr-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
How is she not a "real idol"?? Just because someone isn't signed on a big agency, such as Johnnys or Avex, doesn't make them not "idols". An idol is someone or something greatly loved, admired, or revered. And while her agency didn't do this to her, they fired her for speaking out about it. You should be able to express your life experiences (especially if you've made it to a position such as an idol), to show people that even if you are brought down, you can be brought back up. Even if you think life had no meaning, you can find meaning. The fact that you seem to think it's okay for her agency to fire her because she revealed her shocking history is ridiculous. Yes, it's bad PR.. but then it shows which fans are are looking up to the actual idol or to some fake representation of what you want??


Also, if you care about your idols, you want to make sure there is no shady behavior going on behind the scenes. So kind of being concerned or worried about "the dark side of the Entertainment Industry" shouldn't really be looked down upon. Especially because there have been incidents, reportings, and lawsuits over stuff like that (oh yeah, I'm looking at you, Kitagawa). So maybe you shouldn't blow it off as if it doesn't exist.. because then you really are delusional as fuck.
asaphira_sachi 11th-Apr-2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Well, the Japanese's definition of "idol" merely means being media personalities, whether it'd be modeling or TV appearance or any sorts of advertisement.

This isn't answering whether she's a real idol or not, cuz I don't really know her lol, but just saying they re-coined the term "idol", and it doesn't contain that deep of a meaning for Japanese public as it does in the English definition of the word.
chiima 11th-Apr-2012 01:08 am (UTC)
I read the article, but it still makes me wonder why agency's would fire someone after their confession... it makes me wonder how they treat them :/
mrjl_writer 11th-Apr-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
To be honest though, it doesn't sound so much like it was willing behaviour as much as getting mixed in the wrong shit and in over her head. Forced to prostitute could very well mean her so-called boyfriend gave her a "do it or else", especially with yakuza connections. It's also possible she didn't know about the yakuza connections at first. Hard to tell either way really, but there's not always a single side to these things. If that all was wiling at some point I could understand letting her go, but if she was a victim in the whole situation it seems really shitty to drop her and is kind of like blaming the victim. Could go either way. But I agree with you that it's probably best she not work as an idol right now, or anything else really. She needs to focus on getting better. I wish her luck.
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