An idol, known as Iori (相麻いおり), was recently driven to attempting suicide by the calumnies heaped upon her by 2ch, and is currently in intensive care.
The details of the incident were revealed on her blog by her little sister, who furiously blames 2ch for driving her sensitive sister over the edge, going so far as to say “I’ll never forgive the 2ch scum who drove my sister to this!”
The story is laid out in the words of the apparent sister:
“My elder sister isn’t very psychologically robust, but she tried all the same. Then came all these comments from 2ch, “die”, “pig”, “old woman”, “gross”, “ugly”, etc.
She was hurt, and this morning attempted suicide. She’s currently in the intensive care unit in a coma. We don’t know when she’ll awaken. In the worst case she may… The doctors told us to be prepared.
I’m sorry. Both me and the rest of the family are about to blow a fuse.
I’m just going to inform you, borrowing her site for the moment. If she returns here, I hope you’ll welcome her back warmly.
We’re just praying she regains consciousness.
I can never forgive the 2ch scum who drove her to this!! I want to kill the lot of you!!”
The post by the “sister” has since been deleted, though that has only flooded her blog with comments pointing out this fact.
In its place we have some dubious auto-biographical details of the young lady and why she opted to become a flesh commodity for the likes of 2ch, presumably provided as damage control by her agency.
Some of Iori’s previous posts actually alluded to 2ch, where she is apparently upset: “I saw on 2ch that all my supporters are completely marginalised; I was upset. I wanted to cry; in fact, I did cry…”
Though after being reassured by fans she says: “Thanks, I won’t be taking any notice of petty comments by worms on the Internet; this kind of slander is inevitable here after all…”
Many 2channers actually suspect this of being a publicity stunt or some such; certainly, if she is comatose she cannot have updated her blog, and if she did update her blog, just who wrote the original update?
You can see some of her cavorting below; she apparently posed nude as well, though photos of her are scarce:
Possibly this is the reason she was unable to simply sue 2ch into submission, as their scurrilous claims would actually have to be untrue to win a suit.
Whilst nobody can deny that 2ch otaku, especially those fascinated by idols, are prone to unwholesome mania (though clearly many of her most benignly devoted fans are likely also 2channers), a decision to attempt suicide is ultimately a matter the individual concerned must take responsibility for.
It should also be noted that, unlike some other more severe cases, in this case harsh words on an anonymous forum were the extent of the problem; no stalkers or otherwise were involved.
In her case, if she was so psychologically fragile, why was she so determinedly marketing herself to the masses as an object of lust? Those who choose celebrity must surely bear responsibility for this choice, all the more so when they seek to profit from their onanistic fans so blatantly.