Britney Spears Loli Cosplay “Against Loli Manga Censorship”



The recent appearance of Britney Spears cosplaying a loli was actually an overt political message condemning recent efforts to censor loli manga.

Some background explanation is required – when LDP politicians were pressing for censorship of loli manga using Tokyo regional government ordinances to circumvent constitutional protections of free speech and art, the vice governor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, appeared on television to support his party’s push for censorship.

During this appearance he took the unusual measure of displaying a piece of “loli manga” which he carefully censored – however, he had actually selected a harmless non-ero gag manga, “My Wife is an Elementary Schooler!” and merely dressed it up with incriminating stickers to make it appear obscene, an act which thoroughly enraged the manga’s author.


The cover of the manga featured a young girl clad in sukumizu, randosel and wedding veil – precisely the costume artist Takashi Murakami dressed Britney Spears up in.



The mangaka victimised by the politician, Seiji Matsuyama, reports he was secretly in on the scheme by Murakami, in which they had Spears dress up as the very character politicians were deceitfully co-opting.

Had the law passed, it appears both the Spears cosplay and the original manga would have been branded “unhealthy literature” or “virtual child pornography” and have been subject to restriction in Tokyo:

Section 3: Restriction of the Sale of Unhealthy Literature


2. Items which through age, clothing, accessories, school year, setting, other people’s ages, or voice, seem reminiscent of a person who might be recognised as an under-18 (hereafter called a “a fictional minor”) engaged in, or appearing to be engaged in, sexual activity or activity resembling sexual activity, or which impede the development of healthy sexual faculties in youths, or which might be feared to obstruct the healthy development of youths.

It appears neither Spears nor the pop rag publishing the photographs had any inkling of the political message underlying his choice of cosplay material, nor the fetishistic overtones of the costume:


Takashi Murakami made an extensive series of remarks on Twitter detailing his position, reproduced in part below:

Seiji Matsuyama’s manga ended up being involved in the debate over “fictional youths,” but I thought it should be sealed into history as an artistic event.

I am an artist, and so I took action as an artist.

It appears part of his intent was to demonstrate that such works much always be treated as art:

It’s always been obvious that Japanese manga culture, especially when linked to the erotic, must always be considered as art.

As all his works are firmly considered “fine art” and are thus immune to censorship even if their content may be identical to the sort of thing which would lead to arrests if published uncensored by a mere mangaka, by using Britney Spears he has effectively demonstrated that the law would have directly suppressed artistic freedoms.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:41 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gwen Stefani called. She wants her schtick back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    NO, NO..... NO

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ew. Ero manga as art? If it actually exists I'd like to see it (actual art). Until then, I'll stick with the traditional woodblock printings...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you label something 'actual art' I don't think you can really add anything to a conversation about art. There is absolutely no distinction between the two.

    Murakami is trying to communicate that. He has been working in that realm for several years.

    This is not a new concept in the art world. The only thing new is the subject. Which is currently of interest to the Japanese people and (I guess? Based on past articles) Japanese politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Though I agree that I was wrong in saying "actual art," I do not on your stance here. His work is art, yes, but there are many qualities that make it "art." There is a reason why not everything that is drawn up is not in a museum or highly praised.

    Of course what he is doing in not new. Like Matisse or Picasso, artists are perpetuating their emotions and that is exactly what makes them so.

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    Comment by xRif
    00:47 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think someone made a shota anime and call it art but i don't understand if it kind of relate to loli. you can probably search the video in this site about a white dude saying suppose to be yaoi i guess when he watch bico or pico something.

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    15:55 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    *had to do it, lmao*

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    Comment by pkisme
    17:59 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, as one of her song goes

    "....I'm . Not . That . Innoncent..."

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's not a loli, not yet a woman


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 29/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think loli is unhealthy. it feeds the fantasies of people wanting something that is illegal. feeding fantasies increases the desire to act on them, which brings about the actual act of violating a minor.

    serial killers quite often start by killing animals, and move on to people. they started killing the animals because they were curious about death. there wouldn't be serial killers had they not fed the desires.

    loli can, and inevitably will lead to sex with children, which is most often rape. videos are art, photography is art, they are banned from this content. so should manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 30/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OR it could simply let one's fantasies out without damaging any real children. A man in Virgina started out collecting CP, but switched to Loli when he had discovered it.

    Besides, look at some of us. Do the words "3D PIG DISGUSTING" ring a bell to you? There's a line of morality we don't cross.

    I've been subject to Loli pics a numerous ammount of times, and it's not made me any worse. Heck, I deleted my Pretty Baby download on my computer because I thought that it was immoral to lust over real children. Lolicon art gives me a better option, knowing I'm not hurting any real person.

    ...then again, I only take images where any naughty bit is covered, so I guess I'm not a total pedophile. Call me a moralist, call me a wuss, I'd just wait till I have a wife (of LEGAL AGE, thank you) before seeing too much.

    tl;dr version: Lolicon's not bad. It's better than lusting over real kids. Also, I'm a wimp. ^_^

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    Comment by Castronaut
    10:48 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "My Wife is an Elementary Schooler!"

    I think I'm going to go look that one up.

    I will report back with my findings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm..... How old is Britney these days? Not certain if this campaign even makes sense..

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 28/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brit's too old for this.

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    09:48 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am happy to see someone who is fighting for those who can't or won't fight back(us the lolicons) seriously, people need to band together more and do things like this so that stupid loli law never passes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe she missed her day as a Mousketeer?

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    15:15 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm i don't think this will stop people on making loli manga's like it or not there's still an audience out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've never been more attracted to Brittany Spears than I am now see her in that swim suit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll agree with this anon on this one. This photo of Britney is the hottest I've ever seen her. Even beats her shitty "Opps I got fucked again" school uniform or her other shitty MTVs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok brit, pleassseeee leave nihon alone, i say , you are crapping the culture, i say go to make your fking music and let us fap alone, i personally like loli, but i will didn't go to rape ani little girl u.u so, stop that merchandaising fking 40 years bitch!

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    Comment by I ACCIDENTALLY
    16:23 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    First good news I've heard about her in a while. Any censorship (other than actually harmful stuff, like how to make a bomb out of ordinary items, etc) is just meh. Keep banning everything, and pretty soon, even the things that everyone cares about (freedom) will be illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 01/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the manga in question isn't "innocent" and "family friendly" at all - there's no actual sexual intercourse so the guy on TV DID lie, but it's still filled with graphic fanservice and innuendo and is clearly meant to be loli fap material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 01/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know it's entirely impossible to ban this kind of stuff. It's like whacking ants. No matter how much you whack them in your own house, the ants will never going to stop coming in to your house......What i'm trying to say is, it's impossible to ban stuff like this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Btitney look more like a crackwhore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 23/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Britney spears?! IT BURNS

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