Koda Kumi in hot water for insensitive comments on older women
Tokyograph had a good summary of the recent verbal gaffe involving J-pop star (and real Emotion/1000 Words Japanese language vocalist) Koda Kumi, and her January 31 appearance on All Night Nippon:
The comment came on Tuesday night while Koda was hosting “All Night Nippon.” The topic of her manager’s marriage came up, and Koda was asked about when her manager was planning to have children. She made a seemingly light-hearted reply that “when women turn 35, their amniotic fluid goes rotten, so I’d like them to have a child by 35.”
Hahaha! While I’m not personally offended, she clearly put a major foot in her mouth, resulting in:
*Record company Avex Group halting all marketing of her latest album, Kingdom, released on January 30 and already #1 on both the Oricon Weekly chart and Unified World Chart
*Cosmetic company Kosé pulling her image from all marketing of it Visée brand
*Kumi going on a self-imposed hiatus until at least the end of February
And what flub would be incomplete without a televised apology? That was in full effect, broadcast by FNN, the Fuji News Network. Before some overly negative editorializing on Kumi’s character, Random J of gaming and anime blog Dark Diamond had at least one good comment on the televised apology itself:
Even if you can’t understand Japanese, the language of ’shame’ and ‘paying for it’ is pretty universal.
We’ll see how Kumi eventually emerges from the controversy. If she can continue to sell things in spite of the flippant comment, she’ll be all good. Doesn’t sound like it should be a dealbreaker to me. Besides, she’ll eventually turn 35 herself, so she’s got plenty of time to ponder over the potential rotting of her own womb.