Do we want to have a thread on this? It's kind of depressing. And yet I have a hard time leaving it alone. For those who do not know about AKB48, they are one of Japan's mega pop-idol groups, with over 80 young women part of the group. To be a member of AKB48 means agreeing to aggressive image management. Since the group of people who buy the most pop-idol stuff are lonely catpiss men, there is a rule that no member of AKB48 can date. It ruins the fantasy of being a pure and innocent girl. Minami has been a member since the group was founded. She was recently photographed leaving a male pop-singer's home in the morning. Normally this GRAVE OFFENSE AGAINST OTAKU SENSIBILITIES would have her fired. Instead she was demoted to a sub-group. And then things got really awful. She swears it was her idea to shave her head and post a teary apology to her fans on youtube. I think anyone who believes that is a sucker. And while this stunt is drawing negative attention, there are a lot of people posting about how they can never trust her again, or how she deserves this and worse for breaking the rule. It's certainly got attention, the video is already over 3 million hits. Oh yeah, and the dude whose house she was exiting? No consequences, of course.