Japanese pop star shaves her head in apology for… dating a boy

They said publicity, may it be the good or the bad type, is still publicity.

This is the reason why there were skeptics on the real deal why Minami Minegishi, the 20-year old member of AKB48, a girl band in Japan, with a 90 plus members whose age range from early teens to mid-twenties, posted an almost 4-minute video of herself apologizing and shaving her head in the group’s youtube channel. She said, “I was supposed to set an example for younger members, but my actions were extremely careless and senseless. My mind has gone completely blank. I don’t know what I can do or what I should do, but I couldn’t bear to do nothing.” She also stated, “I don’t expect you to forgive me, just because (I shaved my head). This is all entirely my fault. I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”

It was told that the girl band has a no-dating rule which, Minegishi allegedly violated, as pictures of her which have been published and reported by a Japanese tabloid suggest that Minegishi spent an entire night with a 19-year old  boy band member’s apartment. These published photos, showed that Minegishi was leaving the building wearing sunglasses and a mask to cover her face. Almost without question, the tabloid’s report seemed to be enough to keep fans talking about the incident.

AKB48 is also Japan’s most popular pop group whose fan base is considerable male. The group who emphasizes on fan access and participation, regularly hold meet-and-greet events. Their CDs also include a ballot which the fans can use to vote for the annual all member election.  The members who get the higher number of votes on the said election are rewarded to participate in more prominent roles on the group’s singles and music videos. These events prove to keep the fire burning as the group has established a good number of followers who certainly enjoys the band’s bubblegum pop sound and innocent image.  Although the latter seems to be not viable as some of the group’s lyrics, actions and Lolita inspired outfits suggest otherwise.

As popular as AKB48, the group has been thrown with different gossips and controversies.  For instance, last March, there was a buzz when their television commercial was accused  to suggestively encourage homosexuality because the commercial showed the girls seductively passing candies from mouth to mouth. While, last month, a police-launched investigation caused a magazine to be pulled out from the stands as one member of the group was photographed naked with a young boy cupping her breasts from behind. Sure enough, the picture encouraged viewers of a possible child pornography. Also, another member was demoted to a regional sub-group as a punishment despite her effort of stating a public apology. She also violated the no-dating rule.

As of the moment, ABC news reported that Minegishi was transferred to a trainee group where she promised to start from scratch. In other news, Japan is still ok with tentacle porn...  

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