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These are the days following the 2012 Senbatsu Elections! These elections created significant buzz due to its shift away from the famous Oshima/Maeda rivalry to the rise of previously unknown members and the 48 sister groups. Unfortunately, the elections brought out a few surprises that caused a lot of anger and smack talk among fans. But honestly, guys, do you really want to ruin it for everyone else?
Sadly, our hobby is absolutely filled with haters. I feel a main reason for this is the almost religious focus on supporting your oshimen. While this isn’t a bad thing, it causes some so-called “idol fans” to become just fans of only their favorite member. The issue with this is that it makes you absolutely blind. It makes you blind to their faults, it makes you blind to other members and most importantly, it makes you blind to how much of a jerk you can be. I think it’s important to be realistic with any hobby and I want to note a few points that people forget about idols especially during post-election period:
1. If your oshimen loses her popularity, it is most likely management’s fault, not the fault any other member.
Lately, I have been hearing absolutely awful things said about certain members including many of the SKE members. Yes, I understand that you’re upset that your favorite member dropped but it is completely uncalled for and utterly childish to blame it on the rise of other members. Your oshimen’s ranking only says something about their relative popularity to the other members and your member may have not lost as many fans as you think. Only losers blame the rise of others for their own failure. Popularity largely depends on promotion and has very little to do with other members overshadowing them. The other members did nothing to make your favorite idol drop in rank; it’s silly to think so.
2. There are other girls besides your oshimen.
Sorry guys, your oshimen is not your girlfriend. She doesn’t even know who you are. So, now that we have gotten that out of the way, it sort of makes no sense to write off every other girl, right? I mean there are more than 200 girls in the 48 family and your oshimen can’t be the only one who isn’t worthless. We all started out as fans of 48 and not as fans of our favorite members. I’m extremely happy for my oshimen, Sashihara, and her rise to the Kami 7 but I’m still upset over the fall of some of my favorites such as Ota Aika and complete disappearance of one of my Team 4 favorites, Nakamata Shiori. What I’m trying to get across here is that if you call yourself a 48 fan, you need to worry about more members than your oshimen. It’s ridiculous to ignore the success of the 48 family just because your oshimen dropped a few ranks.
3. A rise or fall of 1 or 2 ranks does not matter.
It’s such a small shift it doesn’t even matter. Sure it may be a difference of a few thousand votes, but given there were over a million votes in total, the difference is negligible. There’s a whole lot of trash-talk going on about a certain SKE member coming ahead of another popular SKE member but that’s only one rank. Their popularity is still pretty much the same overall. Furthermore, there are lots of fans freaking out about drops that are only a few ranks as well. Seriously, guys? Those girls are the lucky ones. Just take a glance at Future Girls, it is absolutely filled with members who dropped 15 or more ranks and yet many of them are glad they even ranked at all.
4. There are so many variables involved that it’s silly to complain about a single cause.
Anything could have caused the rise or fall of a member’s rank. It could have been something as big as a scandal or something as small as a new haircut or a few crappy blog pics. Though many idol fans are generous and accepting, you have to realize that many also fit the negative stereotype of being childish, arrogant, and socially retarded. A lot of wotas can be incredibly picky and can even oshihen at the slightest mistake an idol makes. This will of course cost the idol votes. It’s just the way our hobby works. You can’t expect everyone to like your favorite member especially when many are forcing themselves not to.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s try to get back to why we’re idol fans: it’s the most uplifting, positive genre of music in the world and nothing makes you happier than seeing a cute idol, right? So to all those haters and melodramatics: stop ruining it for everyone. I watch idols to be happy, not to get involved in drama. There’s already enough of that in everyone’s lives.
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