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8:53 pm - 04/26/2013

AKB48′s Minami Minegishi blasted by netizens for magazine cover minus wig


It seems like J-pop netizens aren’t all that forgiving when it comes to sex scandals and shaving heads after all. AKB48 member Minami Minegishi, who figured in a controversial “walk of shame” incident last January appears on the cover of women’s magazine Fujin Koron and gives an honest interview. But netizens aren’t having any of it and blasted her for doing so.

Minegishi famously shaved her head after being caught by photographers leaving the house of pop-group Generations member Alan Shirahama. She then had to make a tearful, public apology video and was demoted to a kenkyuusei, or “trainee”, by AKB48’s management. Her magazine cover is her first “public appearance” with her shaved head, since she wore a wig during the shows she attended as a trainee.

You would think fans would welcome this latest in-depth interview, where she talks about how she feels really bad about ruining the image of her group and hurting her family was the worst part of the whole thing. She also shared that her goals right now are to be a good daughter to her parents and to graduate from AKB48. But the reactions of netizens to her magazine interview were mostly negative, saying that the interview was just trying to get sympathy from the fans and wasn’t heartfelt at all.

The incident last January gained worldwide attention and put a spotlight on the world of J-pop, where groups like AKB48 do not allow their young members to have sexual or romantic relations while they are still under contract. While some consider that to be unrealistic, given that most of these boys and girls are at the age where dating should be normal, it is a reality that you have to accept if you want to be a pop star in Japan. And given the backlash that Minegishi has faced because of this, despite the apology and public humiliation, other J-pop stars will be even more careful.


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sheera_greywolf 26th-Apr-2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
TBH, I like her more with this haircut....
burger 26th-Apr-2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
she can't win, can she? :(
joyeuxnoel 26th-Apr-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
She caught criticism for wearing a wig too, didn't she? ):
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sheera_greywolf 27th-Apr-2013 03:53 am (UTC)
+ 100K

This! She looks beautiful and BAMFy with the new look.
mikarocker 26th-Apr-2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
She looks flawless anyway and I still love her.
45s 26th-Apr-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Wtf she looks cute though
rim1789 26th-Apr-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
She looks better, and still my fav AKB.

She really can't win
choyroer 26th-Apr-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
My reaction when reading all stuff regarding Mii-chan
and not a single f*ck was given that day

Your career is over, bit*h!
minakuu 26th-Apr-2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Go away with ur 50*50 icon and never come back
imilandoo 26th-Apr-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I can't stand people like these. Don't get me wrong, I know not all Japanese people are such ASSHOLES, but really...I just can't.
What's with this attitude?
Miichan APOLOGIZED, and not only once. She made a "mistake" (oh, well, if having a boyfriend/having feelings/making a little of healthy sex is actually a mistake, then my definition of mistake is quite absurd), she apologized, she made such a gesture (I think if a woman shaves her head like that, she must feel deeply sorry, because hair is an important point of charm to women after all) that is TOTALLY unnecessary in times like these (I know that Japanese people are..."particular" regarding to these issues, but western vips made things waaaay worse than Miichan's, and didn't feel sorry/weren't forced say sorry at all) because, HEY JAPANESE, WE'RE IN 2013 and women aren't objects/cyborgs/anime characters who are flat and don't have feelings and don't do mistakes. Nobody's perfect.
Plus, I know it's unrelated to the topic, but I find really funny that Japanese people are so obsessive with purity and virginity of women and then there's almost no photoshoot of AKB48 without them showing 95% of their -gorgeous- bodies. And, should I forget that a Japanese actually drew a hentai manga in which a man fucks a tiny, loli goat? (Since when my ex showed me that on 4chan, I can't still suppress a shiver of disgust) And they have the courage to claim that all the women have to be pure and virgin?
I hope that, even if Miichan graduates (and I think it's for the better, because she won't regain her position in the group anyway), no3b won't disband :( I really like them, they're my favorite sub-group at the moment (I have yet to listen to DiVa's songs, which I heard are beautiful - plus I watched some of Yuka Masuda's performances and she's gorgeous, I was really upset when I read that she's not in AKB anymore).
I wish Minami all the luck and the happiness possible. People always deserves a second chance (considering that she didn't do anything wrong in my humble opinion, she deserves to be happy. Period).
And, last but not least, I repeat what I said in another post: SHE'S ADORABLE WITH THIS HAIRCUT. <3
Sorry for the long comment, but when I read things like this I can't restrain myself :)
tokyocinema 26th-Apr-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I don't even care for AKB, but this is not even A+.

this deserves S rank, bro<3
ohprecioustime 26th-Apr-2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
lol so dumb, I really despise articles based on tweets and board messages whatever they get their netizen info from cuz you can write them for any direction...I can't feel outraged on most of these type of posts

I am sure the majority was in support, these trolls can diaf
myharu 26th-Apr-2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
she just cant win lol
litofroggy 26th-Apr-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh wow.

Stupid netizens.

Ohwell :/
Not like I care so much for shaved heads.
helsings 26th-Apr-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there's equal support and love for her, if not more, compared to the hate.

Articles like this are just heavily biased and want to sell more, so they try to make it seem like the situation is serious, negative, etc. by focusing only on the bad.
asth77 26th-Apr-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I don't care for this but I'm just here to say I like this hair, she's really pretty!
csaca 26th-Apr-2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
She looks adorable and very nice, all those butthurt netizens can go home and fuck their beds.
johnnypenn 26th-Apr-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
It must be because I'm American and am used to celebrities doing stupid shit all the time.
I honestly just don't care about her having a fling in secret, or shaving her head or whatever. I don't know why this seems to be important but all I have to say on the matter is that people make mistakes and this one is pretty low on the totem pole for me; I mean, it's silly to have a nod ate policy.
mirazuki_yuuri 26th-Apr-2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Japanese are just not so forgiving like the rest of us from all around the world.
Well actually, most Asian countries are like that as well. I'm an Asian myself, but I think things like having a fling in secret, or shaving her head or whatever are nothing big. Surely enough, it was a mistake. But then, she got the spotlight because she is an idol.

In short, most Japanese people are scary, judgmental human beings.
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