The other day, I was at my friend’s house, and we were watching an adult movie about lesbians. Actually, that is not quite true: we were just watching TV, and suddenly, a commercial came on that featured some very pretty young girls kissing each other in an extremely sexual way. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I think the idea was that they were passing chocolate to each other “mouth-to-mouth,” but of course, it looked like they were kissing.
As you are probably aware, I know next to nothing about popular Japanese culture, but my friend told me that these girls were from a pop group called AKB-48.
“Why are they kissing each other?” I asked?
“It’s just a commercial,” he replied.
Actually, I have heard of AKB-48. Some people might think they are quite new, but in fact, the music company have been trying to promote the concept of AKB-48 for a long time. When I used to watch American Idol many years ago, the TV station was trying to push AKB-48 by having them comment on the acts after the show. Their comments were about as idiotic as you would imagine, and I always turned off when they came on. Anyway, I never heard any more about them, so I thought they had disappeared, but now, apparently, they are really big.
Having said that, I believe that the members of this “group” keep changing, so it is not really the same group at all. From what I have read on the Japan Today site, I also understand that many of the “fans” of this group are dirty old men with a fetish for young girls, which is, I guess, why they have made a commercial showing them kissing each other.
As many of you are mothers of young children, I was wondering what you think about this. Do you think these people are appropriate role models for 12- and 13-year old girls? Do you think commercials like this should be shown on public television?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts.