View Full Version : Idol shaves head in penance for breaking band's rules

February 3rd, 2013, 10:25 AM
A member of the idol group AKB48 shaved her head in penance after she was caught seeing her boyfriend, which is against the rules for members of the group. It seems a little extreme, yes? Talk about expectations put on the idols and from the fans.

[Read (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21299324)] and [read some more (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2013/02/01/music/akb48-members-penance-shows-flaws-in-idol-culture/#.UQ6p7GctGVo)]

It's kind of interesting that the two articles there have conflicting reports of reactions by fans, the first saying fans thought it was a bad restriction and the other saying fans thought she knew what she was doing and have little sympathy.