If there’s one thing as an AKB48 fan that makes me angry, it’s hearing about people using their status as a ‘fan’ to target and abuse (verbally and physically) a member. Unfortunately two AKB48 members have been subjected recently to such abuse. 99% of AKB48 fans are fantastic and respect their idols but a small majority think they have a right to badmouth and pick out something about a member which they don’t like and tell that person about it. AKB48 members have said it time and time again in their blogs how they don’t like being criticised at handshake events but still it continues.
At last weekend’s AKB48 handshake event, poor Amina Sato was subjected to a torrent of abuse about her weight from an irate ‘fan’ who proceeded to throw 40 handshake tickets at her. He was escorted off the premises by security afterwards. Naturally Amina was so upset and shaken by this incident, she left her handshake station and went home. Aki-P called her up to enquire whether she was OK. Amina herself has posted online saying she’s OK. Not only did this idiot spoil Amina’s day but he also spoilt it for the other fans who were waiting in line to talk to her. You only have to look at Amina’s photo above to know she’s perfect just the way she is. Some fans who like to badmouth AKB48 members to their faces probably target those that won’t respond back to them. I really don’t know what I would have done had I been there. Risking being ejected myself from the event, in my anger I might have smacked the guy in the face. Some fans have questioned where OJS48 (who act as security in these type of events) was at the time of this incident. Naturally they can’t be everywhere. There’s not a lot of them and to keep tabs on every member out in a large hall is a difficult task so no blame can be attributed to them. Even the event ‘pusher’ people given to each AKB48 member when a fan’s time is up with them can’t be blamed as this probably happened so quickly. If they had noticed this guy was agitated beforehand I’m sure they would have been prepared for something happening. Such incidents might even give AKB management an excuse to cancel such events in the future and that would be sad for the majority of fans who enjoy interacting with their oshi and make this a pleasurable experience for both fan and member. There has to be a system where fans who do abuse a member are banned from the theater and any AKB48 event.
The 2nd incident happened today at the airport with Yukirin, Aamin and Mikapon heading off to Shanghai to meet the fans there. At Shanghai airport, Yukirin had to go through a gauntlet of fans trying to touch her hair and body and also grabbing at her clothes. Now if this wasn’t bad enough Yukirin tried to get some piece and quiet in a toilet when some fans tried to even take photos of her inside the toilet. That is just too much. Just back off and give the girls some breathing space. Everybody has a right for some privacy especially in the toilet. I haven’t heard any comment as such from Yukirin but I’m sure she wouldn’t have been best pleased at the treatment she got. Again you have to question about the security at the time. I think they were unprepared for the volume of over enthusiastic fans that greeted them and should have cleared a space for their arrival. They were too close to the fans. It was quite a scary feeling for all 3 girls to have to wrestle through the scrum of people that wanted a piece of them.
You can check the video of their crazy arrival at the airport below by clicking on this Youku link below: