Homophobic attack on Japanese women band

This is a July 2018 music video abput Japanese all-women group AKB48.

AFP news agency reports on it:

‘Lesbian’ Japan pop group ad slammed

A commercial showing members of wildly popular all-girl band AKB48 passing bite-sized candies seductively from mouth-to-mouth is under fire in Japan for encouraging homosexuality. The advertisement, which aired in March, shows the school uniform-clad young women – all in their late teens or early 20s – intimately exchanging the sweet, with the close-up footage slowing as their lips near.

A broadcasting standards watchdog said on Thursday the majority of the 116 complaints it had received in March about commercials concerning young people related to this advert.

“The commercial may encourage homosexuality,” one of the complaints said, adding “oral flora” was also a concern, according to the Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organisation.

Sadly, homophobia is alive. Not limited to just one religion. Not just sixty years ago, but still today. Not just in the Netherlands, or the USA, or England, or ‘liberated’ Croatia, or ‘liberated’ Iraq.

USA: North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should ‘Punch’ Their Gay-Acting Children (AUDIO): here.

Kentucky Catholic high school bans lesbian couple from prom: here.

Mary Jamis, North Carolina Lesbian Seeking Marriage License, Arrested: here.

Republican congressman says it should be legal to fire someone for being gay: here.

9 thoughts on “Homophobic attack on Japanese women band

  1. Japan gay pride parade sees thousands march

    Some 2,500 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday, vowing to transform a low-profile campaign for the rights of sexual minorities into a major movement in Japan. The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded through the capital’s entertainment and shopping district of Shibuya.

    Waving rainbow-coloured flags and banners, foreign and Japanese campaigners marched in colourful carnival and samurai warrior outfits.

    It was the first parade organised by Tokyo Rainbow Pride, a private organisation formed last year which aims to support the rights of sexual minorities.

    (Vancouver Sun, Apr 30)

    Link: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Japan+pride+parade+sees+thousands+march/6537689/story.html


  2. North Carolina bans gay marriage

    US: North Carolina has become the latest US state to slam the door on same-sex marriages after voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman.

    Unofficial returns showed the amendment passing on Tuesday with about 61 per cent for and 39 per cent against.

    North Carolina is the 30th state to adopt such a ban on gay marriage. Members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet had expressed support for gay marriage.

    The North Carolina amendment also goes beyond state law by refusing any other types of domestic arrangement legal status, which could disrupt protection orders for unmarried couples.



  3. Date & time
    26 July 2012, 12:30 – 14:00 hrs

    IIAS, Conference Room, Rapenburg 59, Leiden, the Netherlands

    This presentation is firstly going to trace the historical roots of the recent Korean Pop Music (K-Pop) and depict how K-Pop and Korean TV dramas collaborated together and then push the “Korean Wave” worldwide. Meanwhile, through the interviews (in Seoul) to the K-Pop circle and the training institutes for those stars-to-be, Dr Lee will reveal the K-Pop industries’ globalized strategies. He will also discuss about the local circulation and consumption of K-Pop. By means of the analysis of the bestselling songs/music videos, as well as the fieldwork to cross-cultural fans’ communities of the most popular groups “Super Junior” and “Girls’ Generation”, he will show how the fandom practices negotiate with the marketing control. Finally, Dr Lee will try to apply this transnational/empirical study to benefit an important theoretical debate: is the so-called “Korean Wave” a counterexample of the classic concept of cultural imperialism to prove the malfunction of “core-periphery” model? Or actually, this just means a successful copy of (American) cultural imperialism for modern Korea, an emerging sub-cultural imperialism under the vertical integration of transnational capital?

    Dr. Ming-Tsung LEE 李明璁
    Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, obtained his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at King’s College, University of Cambridge, and once served as a visiting researcher in the International Christian University in Tokyo. In the NTU, he teaches Social Psychology, Sociology of Consumption, Sociology of Music and Visual Sociology. Dr. Lee’s research interests include: Material/Popular Culture, Media and Senses, Urban Ethnography, Global-local identities, East-Asian Modernities, etc. His publication includes a book (Thing-ology, 2009, in Chinese) about material culture and daily life and several articles in English/Chinese/Japanese in various journals and volumes. Besides, Dr. Lee served as the Deputy President of Amnesty International (AI) Taiwan Headquarter during 2008-2010, and the Standing Director of Cultural Studies Association (CSA) from 2011 till now, as well as joined to launch a film magazine entitled “Cue” and served as its Chief Editor in 2010.


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