AKB48 isn't having a good start to the year.
After losing two members recently due to a scandal, a new news story has hit the Wotadom in full force - The story that a member of AKB48's mother has done an indecent act with an underage boy.
Now, I don't continuously follow AKB48, however when an update interests me I will look into it - but I was shocked by this, probably because I am starting to like AKB a lot more now, and also because... I was hoping that it wasn't a front girls mother.
Well, there goes my hope >.>
However, there is a lot of support for this member right now, who is apparently Team A leader Takahashi Minami. In all honesty, I am so sad that it has happened to her. No one deserves this at all, and the poor girl must be devastated - so I find it nice that a lot of the comments on Arama are about the support that they have for the girl and about standing behind her through this, and also the hopes that she won't graduate because of it (doubtful, as it wasn't her fault at all).
But, when it concerns the two offenders - Takamina's mother and the 15 year old she 'violated', there is quite a divide - looking on Tokyohive, the first few comments that appeared (two of them) talked about Takamina's mother being forced into the act, calling the kid a delinquent and such, whilst others blame the mother for the act. In the end, I don't know which to believe - but it happened, and until we get further news about it, we won't know who initiated the act. All we know right now is that Takamina's mother did do it, as she admitted it.
With this sudden outbreak of AKB news, a lot of people are commenting on the news - most is, thankfully, support for Takamina and her well being. A few people are speculating a graduation because of this, whilst many hope that graduation is not on the agenda. I doubt AKB could do with more of them, to be quite honest, considering two members already left. Besides, in this case, it is not Takamina's fault for what she did - and it seems that she has a lot of support to back her up. Then again, international fans are a bit different to the Japanese fans...
But, reading the comments on this news is interesting - there is a good divide of people who are supporting the youth who was 'violated' and then the other half who are supporting the mother who was 'forced to do indecent acts'. I can't help but wonder what really goes on, but we will need to wait for more news to get a bigger back story into this whole ordeal.
Alos, just to add this in: Some comments are just insensitive towards both the offenders and Takamina herself in a way. I honestly don't know how people can joke about such a situation, because this is serious. It has affected Takamina and her family, as well as the fans.
But, whatever the case may be, I hope that Takamina is pulling through this. I honestly hope that this does not sign her graduation certificate for her, because from what I have seen of her in videos, she is a very entertaining member. I may not like her a great deal right now, but I'm still getting used to the group; it'd be sad to see her go.
PING!!! International Wota Recommended Reading: February 8th, 2012