J-Pop Singer Minami Minegishi Shaves Head, Apologizes On YouTube For Being A ‘Slut’ [VIDEO with Translation]

Japanese people take their “slut shaming” seriously apparently.

A pop idol in Japan, Minami Minegishi, recently buzzed off her hair and, crying, posted a heartfelt apology to her fans after being caught allegedly spending the night at a boy’s house.

The video, which Minegishi posted to YouTube, is a pledge to “do better” and “be a better role model for younger, aspiring pop idol artists.” While the girl musician did not consult anyone before performing the public mea culpa (as it is not a typical gesture), she hopes that her fans will see the act as a sort of “rebirth” and a visible demonstration of her shame. If that doesn’t work, there’s always seppuku. What? Somebody had to say it.

The short of it is this: Minegishi is apparently considered to be of the “Idol” distinction meaning that she is expected to be “always available, always innocent.” And by getting caught sleeping with a member from the J-pop boy band Generations, Alan Shirahama, she has potentially driven a wedge between her and her fans, who take notions of innocence and purity “very, very seriously.”

What’s fascinating about all of this is how closely it essentially mirrors American culture — particularly Britney Spears. Remember how much her flagrante delicto with Justin Timberlake changed her status? I wholeheartedly admit that I “fall out of lust” with celebrity women once they get pregnant. Megan Fox? Used to be hot. Jessica Alba? What a loss. America is attached to its vestal virgins notion almost as hard as Japan is. Honestly, I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I’m alone here, so I will — if Kate Upton shaved her head and, crying, apologized on YouTube for banging tool bags like Mark Sanchez (currently QB for the NY Jets) I would be like “Well, alright. All is forgiven. Just stay perfectly hot and unattainable for all men, because if I can’t have you, nobody can.

We’re a goddamn small-penis culture — we just don’t want to admit it.

NMR has obtained an English translation of the video from a Japanese translator:

I deeply apologize for the trouble I caused, and I’d like to apologize especially to my members, fans, staff and family. I should have been acting as a mentor to my younger members; however, the way I acted was very careless and still my mind is blank, and I really didn’t know what to do about this. But earlier I read the article that got published about my careless action, and I decided to go bald without telling anyone. I understand that me being bald is not going to change anything or have my careless action be forgiven, but I really wanted to say that I don’t want to leave AKB48. I can’t imagine myself leaving my members that I love and the warmhearted fans. I understand you might be thinking I’m acting very immature, but if you still allow me, I would like to stay as an AKB48 member. In this case everything was my fault, and I apologize for every trouble I caused. I am deeply sorry.