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In my continuing series of blogging posts of “How to write more gooder”, my topic today is a special one!

How to make an anti-Japanese Idol article or blog post, similar to the garbage in The Japan Times or RocketNews.*

Step #1 – Title your article something salacious such as “Japan’s Pervert Culture” or “Weird Japanese Music Fans and the Idols They Worship.”

Step #2 – Broach topics in the opening paragraphs, including elements about the Japanese pornography industry, prostitution, pedophilia, etc.

Step #3 – Important: Conflate these social ills with Japanese Idol singers. Make sure to mention AKB48 or other popular idol groups.

Step #4 – Be harshly critical of Idol music. Link an Idol music video, but not an artistic one. Chose one in which in your narrow mind, you think is the silliest. Then write:  “see how terrible it is…” Important: Make sure to not reveal your own vulgar musical tastes. This is especially true if you enjoy violent “thug” performances. If we heard what you actually like, no one would take you seriously.

Step #5 – Insert older photos of AKB48 throughout these steps– you may be able to confuse the readers. Include some of the members interacting with fans, and they will associate the group with pornography and prostitution.

Step #6 – Mention that Yashushi Akimoto is “literally Hitler”.  Otherwise dig up older scandals which have long since been debunked. If you repeat the lies enough, then you make them true.

Denny lisping just like a Social Justice Warrior: “Liturali Hitluur”.

Step #7 – Open the article to comments, but then make sure to delete all of Derek Vasconi’s well reasoned comments. If someone gives an alternative opinion– you might not be right!

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*RocketNews, now called SoraNews24 is the Gold Standard for ignorance about Idol culture. No one knows less about Idols than them, although there are some blogs on WordPress that come close.

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Comments on: "How to write an anti-Japanese Idol article or blog post" (5)

  1. The following article was in the Japan Times.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/30/national/social-issues/japanese-adults-vent-dark-obsession-young-girls-little-idols-concerts/#.Wq6z0ejwaUk

    They deleted Derek’s comments (and mine). Good thing I saved his original.
    The following are Derek’s comments from the article —

    I’m not even going to bother responding to what I’m sure will be a backlash to my comments, but I felt the need to say three things about this article:
    1. It must have been a real slow day at the office for JT to actually take this article and put it on their site, given that they only seem to drum up idol talk (usually about AKB) in order to drive their viewership and comments up on their site. I really do not understand how something this… one-sided can be considered fair reporting or even news. It’s pure sensationalism.

    2. None of you probably have ever been to an actual idol show. If you had been to them, you would notice a few things. First… there are plenty of female fans who attend these shows. The average demographic of the fans that come to these show is nowhere near the middle-age or older age men. It’s young dudes and college kids. Also, the majority of the idols in the underground idol scene and even the mainstream are over the age of 16. I have been to probably 200 idols shows in the past three years, and I can not name you one time there was an idol I saw who was six years old performing. This article basically emulates that horrible documentary made by that Japanese lady last year that focused on the absolute extreme demographic numbers and made it seem like it is the majority. It is not even close, and I speak from personal experience.

    3. This article is damaging to the idol industry as a whole because it is equating it with child porn in Japan, things like JK, and all the other dark spots on the underbelly of Japan. Of course when you mention “idols” in the same sentence as “pedophiles,” your mind is going to make that connection. But the problem is that it’s simply not there in reality. Again, in all the shows I’ve been to, and heck, for the overwhelming majority of shows for idols, not once have I ever seen an idol dis-respected or molested or touched inappropriately. The majority of the idols wear clothes that aren’t even remotely tantalizing. Those that do are old enough to flaunt their skin any way they choose (and by old enough, I’m talking over the age of 18). And also, you are all making gigantic assumptions about the people who attend these shows, that somehow they are pervs trying to be tantalized by young girls dancing on the stage. Come to an actual idol show sometime… you’ll see it’s polar opposite of this. The girls are treated with total care and grace. And I’m not saying there aren’t bad apples, both in the idol fandom or even in the management of idols. Of course there are, and to say there isn’t is being as untruthful as this article. However, that is not the majority, and perhaps I could argue it’s such a tiny statistic to consider that it only serves to weakly boost what the close-minded narrative is here, i.e., you think the idol world sexualizes these girls, and the real experience is that these girls are given encouragement and support to develop and grow into actors, dancers, singers, entrepreneurs, and superstars. Many of them have, all thanks to what they learned as idols.

    Again, I’m not going to respond to comments. I’m not even going to look at this page after I post this because I’m used to the kind of stuff like this here on JT and am only looking at this because a distressed idol that I know saw this and was very upset that people actually think what she does is somehow connected to Japan’s porn industry and her shows are meeting places for old pervy man. So I’ll put an exclamation point on my points by saying that when my half-Japanese daughter grows up, both me and her mother fully and totally will support her if she wants to become an idol. I look forward to it, because I know the real idol world, not the one that’s being literally made up in articles like this, is a beautiful place to escape and feel safe inside.

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  2. Step #6.5: Make sure to mention that AKB48 has 48 members

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    • Ha Ha. Rocket News (now Sora News) once said that! “AKB48 has forty-eight members which is the largest idol group”

      Rocket News also said that “AKB48 is holding their annual election IN ORDER TO REPLACE GRADUATED MEMBERS”
      (… those are my upper case. )

      plus they write some other disparaging comments about the fandom.

      No one knows less about Idol culture than Rocket News.

      They are supposed to be “experts” on Japan culture. If they can’y get those basic facts right, why should we trust them on any subject?

      Ha. I would not mind the mistakes if they were neutral, but they are very ant-idol. Very snotty when it comes to idol music and their fans.

      (Denny kicks trash can over … AAAHHH.)

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  3. Readers: This article is for reference purposes only:

    I found this one just today. As per usual, it is is another misinformed SJW out to fight the patriarchy. You are not missing anything, as it makes the same inaccurate observations most of the blue-haired land whales make.

    https://themonsoonproject.org/2018/05/16/japans-idol-industry-reaches-a-new-level-of-danger/comment-page-1/#comment-4461

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