Yet another Sho Sakurai rumor about his treatment to fans…
Arashi‘s Sho Sakurai was heavily-praised for his hosting skills with the recently concluded “24 hr TV“; however, he received some backlash from international fans whom he reportedly ignored when he shot “Nazodi”.
Sho Sakurai and Keiko Kitagawa were in Singapore last July to shoot for the movie version of their hit drama, “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de” or simply “Nazodi”. It has been reported that while Kitagawa was being very friendly to fans who visited the set, Sakurai was the complete opposite. Despite Sakurai’s statement about he wishing for Singaporean fans to watch the movie, his actions didn’t reflect his statements. Aside from always wearing a cap and keeping his head down, he also uses other people as “shield” to hide from prying eyes of the fans. There was also a strict policy not to take any pictures of Sakurai, and he was also being closely watch and guarded by staffs from Johnny’s.
One insider defended Sakurai’s sulky mood. He claimed that even though camera’s are strictly prohibited, there are those who couldn’t resist taking pictures and there was even someone who was able to filmed the shooting process and uploaded it on a site. Though the officials were able to take down the said video, Sakurai gained a reputation abroad (according to a news program) as a “misunderstood idol who rejects fan service”.
Even though idols have the right not to do any fan service, especially to those who committed prohibited acts and who can’t follow simple rules, Sakurai seems the odd one out since the rest of his co-stars has been friendly. Due to this, he is viewed negatively by those who misunderstand him.
Despite all this negative write-ups about Sakurai, there are still those who are willing to understand his situation. Not only he is shooting “Nazodi”, he still has commitments for 24 hr TV, NEWS ZERO where he has to make preparations for his coverage of the London Olympics, and his regular programs involving Arashi. Taking his full-packed schedule into consideration, it can’t be helped if his mood have taken the worse.
Now that 24 hr TV and London Olympics is over, we can only hope that Sakurai will have the much needed peace of mind and rest.