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AKB48: “We’ll Sue You If You Call This Child Porn!”

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AKB48 is reportedly threatening to sue the mass media should it dare to call its Tomomi Kasai child breast fondling picture “child porn.”

After the now infamous promotional picture of Tomomi Kasai having her breasts fondled by a little boy caused Kadokawa to hurriedly withdraw the offending magazine, only to face a barrage of criticism which looks to have triggered a police child pornography investigation, AKB48 is now apparently making legal threats against mass media in an effort to prevent further damage to its reputation.

According to sources with a “sports” newspaper which reported on the scandal, their suggestion that the image might constitute “child porn” enraged the group’s management, which proceeded to warn media companies that “you may cover this incident, but not using the words ‘child pornography.’ Should you use these words, you will be subject to legal action.”

Newspaper staff comment that the group has for some years employed a phalanx of lawyers for the purpose of applying legal pressure to the mass media should it dare to cover the group unfavourably – although when it comes to TV and magazines the threat of withdrawing access to their girls is probably rather more potent.

Unfortunately for AKB48’s media management strategy, those of the online masses who are not actively worshipping AKB48 generally seem scandalised at the level of influence the AKB48 media empire exerts over Japan’s wider mass media – although fortunately nobody takes any notice of them:

“Criminals threatening legal action, typical yakuza tactics.”

“As usual the mass media are too scared to oppose a strong target.”

“Why can’t they just cover this stuff as well?”

“Because the agencies behind AKB48 will pull all their access to other idols as well.”

“If they get sued you’d expect them to more than make up the difference in extra sales?”

“At least the mass media realises they are slaves to AKB48 now.”

“Why is Agnes keeping quiet about all this?”

“Seriously, I don’t see what part of using a little boy to cover the breasts of an idol for promotional purposes would not constitute child porn.”

“No way does this constitute child porn.”

“There are opinions from an actual lawyer that it could easily constitute child porn.”

“Who cares either way, it is still some seriously creepy marketing.”

“What does anyone expect from the world of show business in the first place? It was always rotten.”

“They have as much influence as Johnny’s now.”

“It’s kind of messed up that everyone just overlooks the fact that this group makes its money indirectly sexualising young girls in the first place.”

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