Stupid fucking teens, media bring “Uncle Hitler” to TV

Japanese TV, in case you hadn’t noticed, flat-out sucks.

Anyone who can defend the mindless crap that counts as television in this country (including such riveting entertainment as having a celebrity attempt to gain 22 pounds in a single week and then make fun of the newly fattened individual) should be locked up in a small cage.

cycoBut wait, there’s more.

On December 4th, pedo-bait “idol” group ℃-ute made an appearance on the television show “Yorosen,” which airs on TV Tokyo. In the segment 世界偉人DEN!, or “Legend(?) of the World’s Great People,” the group of 14-year olds you see here showed up in high school uniforms to discuss none other than 偉人のヒトラー.

Meaning, “The great man that is Hitler.”

Preceded by a small quiz as to the meaning of “Hitler,” in which the other members of ℃-ute slapped palms to foreheads and exclaimed, “Aargh! I’ve heard that somewhere before. What is it again?” ℃-ute member Saki Nakajima stood at the front of the class and began a lecture on good ol’ ヒトラーおじさん, or “Uncle Hitler,” remarking on the “soothing” manner of his speeches.

If only I were making this up.

The “Uncle Hitler” skit apparently sparked a firestorm on the internets shortly after airing, finally making it into the English-language media this very day, upon which TV Tokyo took the moral route and deleted fucking everything. Yes, the cowards have since removed the YouTube video of the skit, which was available until at least noon today, citing copyright reasons. Spineless bastards.

*Edit*
Japan Probe is hosting an embedded copy of the vid. Should’ve known those damn Probe guys would beat me to the punch. Watch the vid (with English subs, no less) while it lasts.

In their “apology” for the incident, TV Tokyo stated 誤った歴史認識に基づく不適切な内容でした, or, “The content was improper and based upon a mistaken understanding of history.”

Wow, ya think?

Seriously, did no one involved with this consider that maybe — just maybe — it might not be the best of ideas? Did no one pause to say, “Uh, guys, we may want to think about not doing this”?

In a stunningly obtuse follow-up, TV Tokyo remarked, 社内のチェック体制が甘かった, or “Our in-company check system was insufficient.”

Again, ya think?

You idiot child performers. You ignorant managers and program directors. All of you, go get a fucking clue.

Useless pricks.

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29 Responses

  1. The kids in those manufactured groups don’t have a clue what they are doing other than following a script so it’s probably a bit unfair to blame them. The producers are clearly f**knuckles but then again just looking at the show we kinda already knew that. I’m surprised noone resigned – politicians resign for much less.

  2. Meh. I could’ve scaled down the vitriol, but I have a wicked cold and am in a crappier mood than usual.

    Plus, I mean, it’s friggin’ Hitler. Not Siegfried, son of Sigmund, slayer of Fafnir or some other obscure-ass reference — it’s HITLER! Somebody somewhere should have questioned exactly what was going on, for fuck’s sake.

  3. NO. You should not have scaled down anything, what they did was stupid and if the 14 year olds didn’t know better then they are also stupid for not knowing better. Seriously, what 14 year old DOESN’T know who Hitler is and, similarly, equate him with everything evil?

    Fucking Tokyo. And people wonder why the society offends me so.

  4. I am speechless. And appalled. Scratch the cute surface, and look out!

  5. Damn, I just found a copy of the file too! http://www.veoh.com/videos/v16872001Nr9r7hcn

    But it isn’t subtitled.

    Oh well. No use trying to beat Japan Probe. orz

  6. orz indeed, sir.

  7. Mistaken understanding of History? Are they insane. That is really bizarre.

  8. I’m with Danielle on the ‘don’t blame the puppets’ thing. The blame belongs elsewhere; which makes the whole story freakin’ worse.
    In any of our home countries, any 14 y.o. not knowing about Hitler would be worse than stupid, as TC says. But this is Japan. The textbooks those girls were – huh, I mean, are – given to read at school, those probably were a piece of that stinky government-approved material desperately trying to whitewash Japan’s wrongdoings in WWII. I guess that might include skipping the Hitler=Evil part !
    Japanese youngsters are, for a huge majority, completely ignorant about anything WWII – or worse, they spit out the propaganda they were taught.
    Which of course makes said story even more revolting, if ever possible.

  9. Damn, how infuriating is that? I agree the kids are just mindless entertainers, who probably don’t trouble themselves thinking about sad, complicated, scary, foreign things like war and genocide… just happy, energetic things, like old men with funny mustaches, who move around fast and shout their soothing foreign words.

    Haven’t seen the vid yet, and probably just as well for me.

    Ya reckon there’s some uyoku influence behind that trash making it to the airwaves?

  10. OK, I’ll take the bait.

    Of course, a display of astonishing ignorance, but … no country has a monopoly on such. Americans, meet geography–find Iraq or Afghanistan on this here big old map. Have you seen those poll numbers? Girls born in, what, 1994 (jeez am I old) don’t know shit about some bloke dead for 60+ years, in Europe, big shit (though this doesn’t excuse the producers or the animate pap smear that is J-TV writ large). But for those of us who know who Dr. Evil is, well, it doesn’t seem like we learned a fuck whole lot from him–genocide redux. Yanks don’t know who or where they’ve been bombing for 7 odd years. Or about our uber-destructive foreign-policy in Latin America, propping up butchering dictators, or Henry “War Criminal” Kissinger’s policies in “Indochina,” the list goes on and on.

    “And people wonder why the society offends me so”

    And why are you here then? Sorry to insert tension into the bloggy cumbyeya, but the moral outrage wears thin. Edward Said, “Orientalism,” read it. I’d be the last to say “love it or leave it” stateside, but as a resident abroad, it’s right and proper. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse.

  11. While I think of something insightful to say (I spent several years working at an institute called the Japanese-German Centre in Berlin, which allows me to fool myself I am qualified to spout forth at interminable length on these things), here’s a nice historical documentary on the subject.

  12. It has admittedly been a few years since I read Said’s “Orientalism” but if I recall correctly, his main thesis is that Western academic and artistic representations of the East are not factually accurate or even compassionate understanding of Eastern cultures but rather an appeal to “Otherness”. This Orientalist tendency continues to serve the West as thirty after Said’s book, the occupation of Iraq by Britain and the United States proceeds and the trope of Otherness helps us all stomach our daily lives without paying true attention to what’s happening to “those people”. All that being said, your recommendation is, at best, invalid and, at worst, disingenuous. There, of course, is a vast difference between being critical and being an Orientalist. Particular kinds of moral outrage never wear thin. Just guessing here, but reactions to “Uncle Hitler” is probably amongst them. That fucking cutesy voice doesn’t help either. Most importantly, if I did not have permission to live amongst those who offend me, well shit…

  13. Big, big confusion! Apologies. My comment was a response to 六甲マザーファッカー, recommending Said’s “Orientalism” to Tokyo Cowgirl. The cutesy voices of the girls in the video drive me crazy and offends me a tiny bit more than “Uncle Hitler”.

  14. I just realized that fact and deleted my comment while you were in the process of posting your follow-up. Sorry about that.

    And LOL@Penguin. I tried to find a way to work a reference to that “Hilter” skit in somewhere, but ended up just cursing some more instead.

  15. It sounds like the TV Tokyo response is “Oh no, our attempt at garnering views through controversy worked!” I mean, what else are they going to say, “The Producers did it so why can’t we?”

    If it makes you angry, don’t watch it, you don’t have to dive in dogpoo you know, there’s catpoo and peoplepoo on the other channels. Those of us with cable even have high def hamsterpoo.

    Controversy = viewers = advertising revenue.

    Note, hitler puts in an appearance as a priest in the comic “metabolica” but you don’t see public outcry about that. Or the Tezuka manga.

  16. You’re far too happy, Happy Bunny. This is my corner of the internets, and it’s an ornery corner.

  17. 六甲マザーファッカー?

    If you don’t mind, let me ask why you like it here so much.

    Let me guess, reason number one, you were a loser back home and over here you actually qualify as a “winner”. Reason number two, you are infatuated with the Japanese culture, you love all of the pretty pictures and Mt.Fuji, and, last but certainly not least, your Japanese girlfriend/wife.

    Let me also ask you why it offends you so much that I FUCKING hate it here? I don’t know what you do here, maybe you’re an English teacher like every other pathetic excuse for a foreigner in this country, but I, unlike you, have to put up with a few things that you don’t have to deal with, namely living in a society that thinks these sorts of TV shows are okay.

    Now, whoever you are, go fuck yourself.
    :-)

  18. It’s getting quite heated in here, probably why I haven’t commented for a while…

    “last but certainly not least, your Japanese girlfriend/wife.” – true on many counts I’m sure, but in my case and many others it crosses the line. Doe’s your stigmatism go as far as the wife and kids?

  19. Wow. That last comment was a little angry, even for me, now wasn’t it?

    I need to chill out.

    But, Mr. Rocko Motherfucker can still go fuck himself. And afterwards, maybe he can come up with a less lame pseudonym.

    @Happy Bunny – I know this is J.T.’s blog and really not my realm but since he and I are Tokyo BFFs I’m citing that as my right to rail into you, as well. Your reasoning is faulty, please come up with something more intelligent before you post your wisdom (or lack thereof) on the internet. And yes, your pseudonym is lame as well, although not quite as lame as Rocko Motherfucker’s.

    @ Penguin – J.T. asked the question that had to be asked, how do you put up with us?

  20. If you don”t put me on your blog list……Then your a slimy faggot!!

  21. o.k. That was hard…Bow down on the low???

  22. I don’t see me on yours, dammit!!!!!111

    Love,

    JT

  23. To say that the Japanese are ignorant about WWII isnt quite right. I can assure you they wouldn’t make a parody of WWII chinese or korean leaders or situations because they know full well that not everything they did was – to put it mildly – justifiable in that period.
    Maybe because of this it’s easy for the Japanese to use the European part of the war and Hitler especially in their parodies?

  24. Not sure who this comment is addressed to, but in the case of yours truly, I didn’t say the Japanese were ignorant about WWII — I said that these stupid fucking teens and the media that brought them to us are ignorant. I stand by that sentiment.

  25. […] will no dobut be aware that I’m fond of dropping the F-bomb myself. (And now, thanks to this post, I have a fresh influx of perverts using the search term “uncles fucking teens” to get […]

  26. Sorry for the delayed response here–only now checked back on this thread. Cross-posted at the charming CG’s spot:

    Sorry, TCG, I’ve been thoroughly swamped fucking myself–had neglected to take a gander at your heady feedback @ JT’s. A month or so later, forgive me for the delay–I’m sure you’ve been on pins and needles awaiting this. I figured I’d navigate over here to respond directly.

    “If you don’t mind, let me ask why you like it here so much”

    I’d actually say I don’t like it here so much but with more years and geographicals under my belt (has NYC provided the therapy you require as yet, or are you plotting your next escape from … TCG?), I’m fairly grounded/realistic about locating utopia.

    And, yes, your “loser” to “winner” construction is spot-on. Penetrating insight, that. Parallels your Japan, evil-terrible-offensive, as opposed to America, all kinds of tasty goodness. Any gaijin male who can stand Japan is a loser. Hmm, check. Lazy categorization and reduction of complexity, check.

    And, finally, indeed, I do have a J-wife. I was unaware that this DQed one from having any objective views about this or that nation, or that loving a person other than an American was such a dirty act. But thanks for clearing that up–if we have little halfbreeds in the future, how should they be described or categorized? And, yes, just to reinforce such trenchant wisdom, my partner is a thoroughly docile/submissive slave. She bows upon my return everyday. It’s quite the rush for us losers (hand held to forehead in the shape of an “L”) to get our insecurity off.

    Why did it offend me that you hate J so much? The same reason it offends me that queers are hated by homophobes or the UN by right wingers. It was utterly lacking in balance or the beauty of gray–in other words, anti-intellectual to its very core. Too bad your native braheem, W, is out of office. Generalizing about a nation of a 126 million, via an immature and ultimately ignorant prism. If Debito Arudou or Alex Kerr want to slam Japan, more power to them–they’ve put in years of study and lived on the ground long enough to have a right to their views. But b/c you spent, what, a few months, maybe a year here, as what a club hostess, swilling ale, speaking to a skewed segment of the pop, in English, of course, you have it all figured out.

    Cheers and the best to you in your “it’s the place, not the person!” therapy! And here’s hoping that sliding fusuma didn’t tweak your ass cheek too much.

    I’m off now, to take snapshots of temples : )

    PS–I’ll be sure to crosspost at JT’s. All my best in your “new” life.

  27. And B., quite a few years for me too, and your overall depiction of his project, as apt today as when first pub., is correct. However, I can connec the dots to TGC’s lovely rhetoric. An Emory Univ. prof described “Latent Orientalism” as:

    “the unconscious, untouchable certainty about what the Orient is. Its basic content is static and unanimous. The Orient is seen as separate, eccentric, backward, silently different, sensual, and passive. It has a tendency towards despotism and away from progress . . . . Its progress and value are judged in terms of, and in comparison to, the West, so it is always the Other, the conquerable, and the inferior.”

    TCG is of the street, of course, but the same principles of generalization and essentialization define such limited views of reality.

  28. LOL Butthurt

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