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8:38 pm - 02/07/2013

AKB48′s Minami Minegishi makes first appearance as ‘trainee’ with full head of hair


Whether you view it as a publicity stunt or a failed attempt at a cover-up, the scandal involving AKB48 member Minami Minegishi definitely got people talking and debating about Japanese celebrity culture again. And this time, her first appearance as a ‘trainee’ might spark another round of debate.

Minegishi was photographed doing a “walk of shame” after leaving the house of Alan Shirahama, a member of boy band Generations, last week. Her subsequent shaved head video apology and demotion to the lowest rank of “trainee” attracted international attention. People outside Japan mostly couldn’t fathom the world of Japanese idols where dating and having sex is strictly not allowed, even in this day and age. Now, the backlash from the incident and the apology is being felt by the group, so much that they changed the settings of the video apology to private, never mind that more than six million people have already seen it. Her appearance on stage as a trainee with a full head of hair (a wig, of course) has drawn the ire of netizens. Some feel like she’s not really sorry it happened and some are annoyed that they’re now acting as if the incident never really happened.

But in Japanese celebrity culture, this is not really a surprise. Everyone tries to forget quickly and move on as if nothing really happened. Disgraced celebrities either totally disappear from the entertainment world and becomes taboo almost immediately. Old clips featuring said celebrity will not be used anymore, or if they have to be used, they will either be edited or blurred out, as if they’re some crime victim. But even weirdly so, celebrities who leave the entertainment industry (even without a scandal) also get the edited/blurred out treatment, sometimes at their request. This Japanese attitude is evident not just in showbusiness but in society as well, which sometimes angers Japan’s neighbours (and former colonies) but also allows the country and its people to pick themselves up after a tragedy and just move on, without looking at the past.


itskimbitches 7th-Feb-2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
Gurl that wig. They could have done better tbh
yukinoo13 7th-Feb-2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I always want to see her with short hair
even that's a wig

Best wishes to you,Miichan :)
ichigobanana 7th-Feb-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
That wig looks super cheap. Every cosplayer has better wigs at home.
faifantc 8th-Feb-2013 01:00 am (UTC)
crimsonbreeze 7th-Feb-2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Jeez, what was the point of all the turmoil then, girl =___=
You should just accepted your demotion, write a cheap apology and move on.
funkaliciousss 7th-Feb-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
i feel like if she didn't even shave her head she wouldn't even get demoted.
crimsonbreeze 7th-Feb-2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
Kinda agree. I dunno the order of the events, but somehow I feel it wouldn't even have mattered if the whole shaving hadn't happened.
chansnug 7th-Feb-2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
oh that wig tho...
aaalove 7th-Feb-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Damn couldn't they give her a better wig.
miriamele 7th-Feb-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Maybe that wig is an additional form of punishment. Damn.
fumine 7th-Feb-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
+1 When she appeared earlier, she definitely had a nicer wig. Ouch.
myharu 7th-Feb-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
ONTD had a field day with this article. Anyway I feel like I should collect donations so I Miichan can get a full lace wig and I mean a nice one made with human hair, not that cheap synthetic shit.

lettace 7th-Feb-2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Ew, that wig... I could probably knock it off her head easily. How is she dancing with that..?
Has Japan not been introduced to lace fronts, lol.

We talked about this in my psych class today... it just came up during a girl's presentation. I feel bad for her, this really blew up
crsg 7th-Feb-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Some feel like she’s not really sorry it happened

... Really?? Some people are idiots then.
flyingspaggetti 8th-Feb-2013 07:56 am (UTC)
Was she involved in some sort of scandal?
yuma_daisuki 8th-Feb-2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
Is that a sarcastic question~? Or you just need to catch up on all the previous chapters?
michasungbang 8th-Feb-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
omg that wig.
stole_away 11th-Feb-2013 02:57 am (UTC)
horrible wig, but still miichan T^T
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