Recently, another AKB48 scandal reared its ugly head and showed itself. To summarize, Kyoraku, a Pachinko company and a long time sponsor of AKB48, held a private event for friends and family of its employees where AKB48 would give you gifts, extended handshakes, being taught a dance by the choreographer, etc. It got leaked when Shinoda Mariko posted about it and then it pretty much snowballed from there, I think she even temporarily quit Twitter or her blog or something.
This incited rage over the internets for two reasons: “It’s not fair to the fans because it’s private and we can’t go to it,” and “Pachinko is infiltrated by the Yakuza so it’s dirty.”
As far as Yakuza traces, it’s… complicated. There’s a ton of good books written in English on Yakuza that’s interesting to read. There are even widespread concerns that the entirety of the entertainment industry is run by them, Yoshimoto is actually a branch of the Yamaguchi-gumi, etc. I don’t know what the truth is, and we may never know either. Maybe some guys are good, maybe some guys are bad. And I heard the Yakuza are more advanced nowadays. Sure there are the ones that kick down your stall for an extortion racket, but there are also things like high end corporate blackmail. I think that I read that even the Olympus accounting scandal was Yakuza-related. It’s a crazy world, and I think there are things far worse to worry about, especially if you’re this deep into the entertainment world.
As for equality, all I gotta say is… LOL.
Since the election is coming up, I’m reading about people buying 1500+ CDs to vote for their favorite member. Assuming that they’re $20 each (hooray exchange rate), that’s $30,000. All for what, some girl to get 2-3 seconds of screen time? What for?
I think these people are kinda pathetic. With $30k I could buy a car or a house or something. And I don’t know if it would really impress their oshimen. “I know we haven’t met but I already spent $30k on you.” Do you smell that? It’s the stench of desperation.
I wrote before about attractiveness that the best way to be attractive is to be able to show that you don’t need someone and that you’re fine on your own. Dropping that much money shows that you’re not really a stable person, haha.
So with that said, regarding the Kyoraku party, a lot of people got mad because they spent so much money but they won’t ever get something like this. Well… tough luck, really. It’s the way the world works. You have to realize that you’re just a fan and that you’re not a friend. And I think it’s pretty nutty to be so possessive over something that’s not yours and to set rules on how people should act when you’re in no position to do so.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Pretty heavy stuff, but I feel like it needs to be said sometimes. It’d be nice if the community would be happy for other fans and not jealous all the time.