No, not that Scandal.
AKB member Minegishi Minami has been caught in an idol scandal. From what I can tell, Miichan was seen entering the apartment of GENERATION (an EXILE little brother group) member’s Shirahama Alan shortly after midnight. The lights in the apartment went off around 3am. In the morning, Shirahama left the apartment first around 7am, and Minegishi left the apartment around 7:30am.
First, I take no pleasure in this announcement and scandal. I don’t know much about AKB48, but I certainly think that their rise to the top of the Japanese entertainment industry brought about the idol boom that we are currently experiencing. Minegishi is not my favorite idol in the world- I don’t know her very well; and I have never been very interested with AKB48’s output.
(except maybe this song)
I’m probably going to be in the minority with my opinions, but I don’t think this punishment is enough. I’m not a sadist- I don’t wish to limit the experience of these women. I definitely don’t think it is natural for young women to present themselves as virginal beauties. This is especially true for idols who are in their 20’s. Like most men I know, I want my women to be women.
The flip side of this is I want my idols to be idols. I want to be entertained by the impossibly innocent talents of girls. Should any of these idols decide to become women, I am totally OK with it. Please, girls, grow up, fall in love, and become singers or variety personalities. Please, get married and have children. There is nothing wrong with gracefully leaving the idol scene.
BUT, please do not be women masquerading as young girls. I didn’t get interested in idol music because I wanted a facsimile of American music.
Edit: more thoughts