The Tangled Web of Confusion – Idols, Boyfriends and Fans

Last week the news broke that two members of AKB48 have resigned from the group due to breaking the golden rule of idols and having relations with the opposite sex.  The members in question are the  following:

Hirajima Natsumi

Hirajima Natsumi – Team B & Watarirouka Hashiritai 7

Yonezawa Rumi

Yonezawa Rumi (Team K)

For those who have not heard what went down, the story is that incriminating private photos of the individual girls were leaked from their personal social media accounts which lead to their excommunication resignation.

Now I’m not going to talk about the implications of this because I’m an AKB noob and it would not be proper for me to do so without being thoroughly researched enough to back up my shit.

Instead I just want to discuss the reactions of the fans to the news. Some of the more passionate idol fans in general tend to act like they’re owed something when one (or more) of these girls screw up and violate the golden rule of being anywhere near the opposite sex in a non-platonic manner. (whether assumed or real) They demand explanations and resignations despite the fact that they’re at fault for digging up the dirt that get these girls booted.

What kind of hypocrites are these people who say they’ll support their idols until death and then turn on a dime when they break the fantasy of being chaste and pure. Who are these idiots who believe that burning effigies off their once cherished object(s) of affection as a form of protest actually makes sense?

It makes me wonder whether this so-called “loyalty” to one’s idol is just a bunch of bullshit. I mean, I think some K-Pop fans are raving lunatics but they at least show some level of  real support when their favorites find love or get married. It doesn’t matter at all to them as long as their idols are happy and are still producing good music.

This is a stupid question that probably shouldn’t be asked but why can’t Japanese idol fans be happy if their favorites want to attempt to live a normal private life outside of the spotlight? Would it not be better if they actually experienced the kind of love that they sing about in their songs? I know, I know. This is idol world and the normal rules of life don’t apply here.

As long as female idol groups exist the whole dating subject will be heavily debated until an agency has the balls to loosen the reins on its members. I figure perhaps the welcome package for any female idol these days should include a vibrator & maybe a copy of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl because there’s only two choices for those who decide to live the idol lifestyle.

They certainly aren’t going to be doing any of this as long as the #1 rule is in place:

Sex Logo




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