Yeah, yeah. Another long-ass “novel-length” entry. Go figure.
But man, I seriously gotta love new fan girls— especially the ones who are seriously biased about their favorite group that they don’t even bother doing some research or ask around fellow JE (yes, I said JE, not just Arashi) fans about the history of their favorite group with the inspiring every-summer event known as the 24-Hour TV. :D
Now, before some of you start getting oversensitive and gang up on me for “acting oh-so-high and mighty” and picking on the newer fans again, I’ll repeat again like the last time. This has nothing to do with you, but if you keep on believing that I’m targeting you specifically no matter how many times must I re-explain and repeat myself over and over again about my intentions on my writings, then man, you must be very self-absorbed to even think of that, wouldn’t you say? But I do encourage you to read on because I think all fans should also be aware of this, not just Arashi, but all JE fans.
In case some of you are still unfamiliar with this annual summer event known as the 24-Hour TV, it is pretty much similar to an annual fundraising telethon that some of us around the world would watch. We see a celebrity of sorts hosting the telethon with a phone number flashing at the bottom, encouraging the viewers to call in and donate some money in order to make a difference in our everyday lives, such as funds to find cures to rare diseases and to save a historical landmark from getting bought by developers and tear it down. Japan’s 24-Hour TV broadcast event is something like a telethon, except it lasts for the entire day from Saturday midnight to Sunday midnight, with select artists and other public figure guests would participate and show short documentaries and clips related to the cause that this special event is trying to raise money for. Each 24-Hour TV event every year represents every charity and/or fundraising group, so each of these charities existing can have their fair share of the money from this celebrity-filled event.
The folks behind the 24-Hour TV event determines which celebrity group or individual gets to host this inspiring event. This means every celebrity, group or individual, no matter where they come from and what they’re mainly known for, is eligible to be the host of the show. I’m not sure if this is a voluntary thing (as in the celebrity(ies) volunteer to be the host) or there is a selective system that goes on within the staff, but when I mentioned that every celebrity is eligible to be the host, that also includes JE groups and idols. And for the record, the real stars of the 24-Hour TV are not the celebrity hosts, but the real stars are the hundreds of volunteers who helped produce and put up this show for the entire country to see in their TV sets and viewers give a part of their hearts by donating as little or as much as they can for the cause the event represents for the year. I would probably go further in to saying that the celebrity host is just there to attract viewers and get them to watch, but I’m very sure that the host also has his/her/their heart(s) in to the show and the cause itself at the same time.
Going back to the first paragraph as to why I opened this entry that way is because of one thing. I had a conversation with a close friend (no names mentioned— you know how I am) about her minor frustration regarding a biased JE fangirl. According to her, this biased JE fangirl stated something like this in her blog (or LJ or whatever):
I’m so happy that NEWS is the host for yesterday’s 24-Hour TV because they’re the most genuine among all the other groups in JE.
— An unnamed biased NEWS fangirl
Now, there is nothing wrong with being happy that your favorite idol or group gets to be the host for this year’s 24-Hour TV event. In fact, you should be happy because it can probably change your view on your favorite idol or group to host an important event that would help charities around the country have a chance to make a difference with the cause they are fighting for. However, the latter statement in red from that quote is what ticked my friend (and other Arashi fans) off.
I hate making assumptions, but I will assume anyway. I would say that this particular biased fangirl could be one or any or all of the following:
- Does not know what the 24-Hour TV is really about.
- Does not give a damn or has little or no respect towards the other JE groups or even JE’s history in relation to the 24-Hour TV event.
- Only said that statement to piss other JE fans off (let’s hope this is not true… 8O ).
- Completely obsessed (more like blinded) with that idol/group that this fangirl must think that they pwn (inside joke! :P ) the world (or her world is more like it… that’d be way too scary… :| ) and the 24-Hour TV hosting role is their crown to prove it.
For those who think that the 24-Hour TV event is what determines the popularity and the high status of a celebrity individual or group throughout Japan is seriously wrong wrong wrong! :roll: How can a fundraising event make the celebrity host be more genuine than the rest? There’s a lot more to the 24-Hour TV than what most of you biased fangirls think.
To this unnamed biased NEWS fangirl, just for the note, NEWS is not the first JE group to host a 24-Hour TV event in the history of JE and its groups. In fact, every JE group (as in the groups way back when to SMAP, TOKIO, Kinki Kids, V6, ARASHI, and KAT-TUN (I believe KAT-TUN was the last JE group to host one a few years ago— someone correct me on this?)) had a chance to host a 24-Hour TV event.
Since many of the people who come and visit here are ARASHI fans, for the new fans out there who may not know this, but ARASHI were the hosts in the 2004 24-Hour TV event. One of the features that makes the 2004 event so unique is the items that they sell to raise funds for the cause they represent. (I forget what that cause was, but it had something to do with the Mt. Fuji cleanup from pollution and logging? I need to look this one up again…) A huge favorite item that the show was selling is the bright yellow 24-Hour TV t-shirt designed by Satoshi Ohno himself with the words Your Dream is Our Dream on it. And for those who had been fans long enough, one moment that we can remember is Masaki Aiba‘s touching speech to the rest of the stormy dudes that brought him (and the viewers watching the show and of course, the fans) to tears. When I saw a clip of that during that year, I was also moved.
So, going back to my point— to the unnamed biased NEWS fangirl— the 24-Hour TV hosting does not make NEWS as “the most genuine group among all the JE groups” (or even make them all “leet” even) because the predecessor groups before them had their chance on being the host of a 24-Hour TV event in the past. If that event really does make a JE group “most genuine” among all the JE groups, wouldn’t you be saying that each and every one of the JE groups are the most genuine? If that’s the case, then I agree.
Next on the line is Hey! Say! JUMP. One of these years in the future, it will be their turn to host a 24-Hour TV event. Maybe not next year or in two years, but most definitely in the future. JE has a tradition on having their groups host one 24-Hour TV event and with NEWS being last weekend’s hosts, it’s a testimony that JE intends to continue as their way to show their fellow countrymen that they do care about the causes that hurts our world and our people today.
We all have favorites and biases, sure. It’s natural. But to say such a broad statement not “backed up” with facts and “testimonies” is quite bold (not to mention that it can rile up the most sensitive fans of their favorite JE group around). Personally, I got nothing but respect for all the other JE groups, I mean after all, they are all under the JE agency label, right? ARASHI still remains as my favorite JE group, but CD-collection-wise, I have three V6 CD albums, NEWS‘s debut CD album, and a couple of Kinki Kids CD albums alongside my countless ARASHI CD collection. I’m also having a slight interest in Hey! Say! JUMP (their songs, not the boys themselves :| ) and I’m digging Akuma no Koi single by Yuma w/ B.I. Shadow too.
Why be biased to even speak out that statement when you got no back up to support your claim? It only makes you sound like an idiot for making a claim like that without even convincing the rest of the general JE fans that your claim is the truth. You can go ahead and “fangirl” on your favorite idol/group anytime you want, but for the sake of the sensitive and the oversensitive JE general fans out there, don’t even try to make such a bold statement like that because it can cause a lot of dramatic riots between (group name) fans and (another group name) fans. We really don’t need all of that because not only that it’s immature and disrespectful to those who want peace and quiet, but it also wastes our time when we got more important things to worry about, such as real life.
See, this is how I’m far behind. I was just told that Arashi also hosted the 24-Hour TV last year. I apologize for skipping this fact.