Arama They Didn't

9:35 pm - 08/28/2013

Paparazzi hound Utada Hikaru as she arrives in Japan

I saw this today and it's just terrible. Let her mourn in peace. The video is especially heartbreaking.

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Source: http://netaatoz.jp/archives/8029785.html and http://sankei.jp.msn.com/entertainments/news/130828/ent13082810450003-n1.htm

Through Google Translate, I think that the second link mentions that they were surrounded by around 40 reporters :(
apple_fries 29th-Aug-2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
"let her mourn in peace" as you post a gallery of these sick photos? give me a break! you should not have posted this in the first place, it makes me sick to my stomach... at least put EVERY image behind a cut because i clicked on arama without expecting to see this disturbing picture (i was actively trying to avoid it) and i feel triggered... so much that i had to make a comment to speak my mind about this situation. the mod who made this post should be demodded because this level of voyeurism is crossed the line. leave this to the crap shoot like TMZ!
fancifury 29th-Aug-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
are you ok
apple_fries 29th-Aug-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
i am most certainly NOT okay after seeing these photos! aramatheydidn't used to be a community of fun and lightheartedness but seeing utada hikaru hounded by paparazzos near tears in a hearse carrying her mother's corpse is NOT something i ever wanted to see here and the OP pretending to be sympathetic and saying it's 'terrible and heartbreaking'' deciding to share it for God knows what reason? it's all very transparent and i know arama is becoming very inactive but i did not think they were this desperate for hits.
xbrokenbabydoll 29th-Aug-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I agree with you (partially). Don't say "Don't take pictures like that and let her mourn in peace" and then post all the pictures, you're just contributing to it and giving people more reason to keep taking these kinds of pictures. Don't say something is horrible and then spread it. This poster is not any better than those people.
wargled 29th-Aug-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
In hindsight, I agree. I really shouldn't have submitted this and if I could delete it I would.

Edit: To be clear, though: I wasn't "pretending" to be anything. Evidently, I did not think this through and I apologize for posting this.

Edited at 2013-08-29 11:40 pm (UTC)
apple_fries 29th-Aug-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
i want to apologize for my harsh words to you in my comment. i just feel extremely upset and angrered seeing my queen in such a fragile state being taken advantage of by the press. i think you didn't have any malicious intentions with this post since you're her fan just like i am and i overreacted.
wargled 30th-Aug-2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, my reaction to this when I saw it on another forum was "we haven't seen her in so long and when we do it's like this?" :(

Now I feel bad. This is no better than Tomomi Kahala's comments :/
aubotte 30th-Aug-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
But I think you wanted to show to which extent the Japanese paparazzi were ready to go/how much they can ignore her pain and sorrow just to have footage of her, no? that's how I've taken your post...

To the ones who hate this post : Blame the heartless paparazzi, not the poster who is showing you the real face of Japanese mass-media!

It hurts me a lot to see her like that, and I really can't stand hearing those paparazzi shouting at her for "comments" and such, they are such beasts...
baka_neko3 30th-Aug-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
i do understand why you are upset... the comment and the pictures are a bad combination... just stumbling across the first picture is enough to disturb me, because i feel like, it's her private time and everyone should respect her as a human being, even if they're not fans of hers...
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