So the news has come through that two members of AKB, said to be Kawaei Rina & Iriyama Anna, were stabbed in the hands at an event. A staff member is also said to have been injured. Firstly I’d like to say how shocking things like this are. I don’t like AKB but I do like idols, I like people and I do hate violence. So obviously it goes without saying I wish all three injured people a speedy recovery.
What I want to talk about though is the reaction to the news. Especially from non-idol fans. Looking at the comments on sites like Japan Today (often iffy for it’s commenters at the best of times) all I see is the usual stereotypes that idol fans are all obsessive creepy loners. Nutters who have an unhealthy interest in young girls. Blahblahblahblahblahblah, blah. Blah blahblahblah BLEEEEEEEEUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Yeah the usual bollocks. Now that’s not to say there aren’t some people who are obsessive to an unhealthy degree. I’m sure there are but let’s not for one minute think that’s unique to the idol industry or even to the music industry. There have been attacks on public figures in all walks of life in a wide variety of countries. Attacks on people ranging from soap stars to politicians. When John Lennon was shot did people say all pop fans are obsessive nutters? Don’t think so. When Monica Seles was stabbed did people go on about tennis fans all being nuts? Nope. When JFK was shot was it because all people interested in politics are bonkers? Again I don’t think so. So people now attacking idol fans can basically go shove their heads back up their self-satisfied arses. Unfortunately there are violent idiots in all walks of life. Just one day ago some student in America went on a gun rampage and killed six people. Does that mean all students are violent psychopaths? Or even all Americans? Of course not. But it does show that violence is everywhere. Just turn on the news in any country in the world and you’ll see senseless murders or assaults. Of course this doesn’t mean lessons can’t be learned. Maybe security checks should be more stringent at fan events. But to anyone who thinks these attacks are some kind of indication of what the majority of idol fans are like I’d say this. Look at the world around you. Look at all the problems there are then try to argue that something like this is a sign of what idol fans are like. Because it’s not true. Most idol fans are just ordinary people who love a form of entertainment that is happy and fun. But just like with all walks of life (and by no means just the entertainment industry, but in everyday life too) there will always be the occasional mentally unstable person. That’s not a reflection of idols it’s a reflection of the whole world.
One final thing I’d like to say is that I’ve seen some idol fans saying how this just shows that you shouldn’t support AKB. Well that just shows that some idol fans are, sadly, utter wankers. The actions of one person don’t show anything of the sort. I don’t like AKB but I defend the right for others to. Get some perspective. When something like this happens it doesn’t matter what groups you like, Sadly it could have happened to anyone. Let’s just hope the injured people are able to recover both physically and mentally and that the person committing the act gets help in a very secure mental unit somewhere.