Japanese Video Game Pop Star Called Out For Racism

Singer Reina Tanaka was never a lighting rod for controversy. The 20-year-old is a member of the popular girl group Morning Musume. She has her own anime and a spin-off mobile phone game. That is, until she and two fellow group members offended Koreans.

On the singer's blog, Tanaka posted pictures of herself and fellow Morning Musume members Sayumi Michishige and Eri Kamei in which the girls were "slanting" their eyes.

Tanaka recounted a gag, referring to the images and writing, "Who's this?" The singer continued, adding, "A Korean person."

Note that in Japan, many Japanese believe that "tsurime" are a physical feature commonly found in South Korea and China.

The idol went on to say that South Korea is in vogue at the moment and Morning Musume members are getting into the South Korean "boom". The images, however, were quickly removed from Tanaka's blog, and the group's agency moved in for damage control. The agency that manages Morning Musume caught heat a few years back when another one of its idol groups nominated Adolf Hitler as a "great person" on network television. The young idols drew pictures of the Nazi dictator and referred to him as "Uncle Hitler".

Many Korean singers have successfully crossed over to the Japanese market with groups like 4Minute and Girls Generation releasing tracks in Japanese.

According to MTV South Korea, Korean netizens realise the girls were being harmless, but are upset that girls weren't more culturally sensitive.

The three girls apologised for the photos.

Tanaka's mini idol empire was building steam with an anime and a puzzle video game, but in an increasing pan-Asia music industry, ignorance like this doesn't exactly build bridges.

「韓国人は釣り目のイメージ」騒動で、モー娘が謝罪 [まにあっくすz] [Pic]


    All I have to say, in the words of Bruce Dickinson of 'Iron Maiden'... "Gave us loads of publicity."

    Why is this racism? I don't understand. D:

      To avoid re-opening a can of worms the raising of the eyebrows is considered offensive in Korea, to the point that Miley Cyrus allegedly got sued for it recently

    Lol at asians being racist about asian eyes. I don't even.

    This girl wasn't being malicious or anything, but the Hitler thing and Japan's all-round racism are pretty horrible.

      Japan doesn't suffer from 'all-round racism' and your sweeping generalisation is also pretty horrible.

    Dear Christ... This is so moronic... What idiots.

    Jealously rears its ugly head

    I'm still thinking WHY she thought of Adolf Hitler....twisted teen girls lol

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