AKB48's Minami Minegishi "shamed Japan" for shaving head after night with BF

3 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

Remorseful AKB48 idol Minami Minegishi has generated yet more controversy in Japan and beyond, with the international media castigating the Japanese for their shameful treatment of the girl.According to an article in Sankaku Complex, the Japanese have also reprimanded her for making the rest of the world think her antics are somehow considered normal or reasonable by the majority of Japanese.AKB48 fans are shocked by Minami Minegishi’s apology video in which she shaved her head to atone for 'spending the night' with her boyfriend, Alan Shirahama, a dancer in a boy band.AKB48’s management office said Minegishi had been demoted to a trainee team as punishment “for causing a nuisance to the fans‘.But author and critic Hiroki Azuma said it was “disgusting‘ that the star felt she should resort to a traditional act of contrition when the only rules she had broken were those of her band’s.Some fans and commentators say Minegishi went too far with her public apology, and that it was unnecessary.“What’s the point of this public execution show? It’s like something from the war or a totalitarian state,‘ one fan said on Twitter.Most Japanese seem to have recoiled from such an extreme act of contrition, but the reaction she has provoked from an even more perturbed overseas audience has inspired yet more criticism from Japanese concerned about being made to look a bunch of crazies her antics.Said another netizen: “(She knew) this would happen if she put it on YouTube yet did it anyway and shamed Japan in the process!‘As if all this were not enough, she has stirred up yet more controversy ‘“ this time by posting pictures of herself happily showing off her new hairstyle with friends in a “double peace‘ pose, in what has been taken as either a total lack of remorse or an indication that the whole thing was an elaborate publicity stunt.View the gallery for pictures of AKB48 idol Minami Minegishi happily showing off her new hairstyle, as well as other related photos.

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