Japan, unfortunately, has an issue when it comes to putting celebrities and idols under a microscope. They can often be subjects of online comments that are more often than not, unfounded and overly critical.
“Fans” of these celebrities sometimes make negative comments on a celebrity’s social media account without knowing the full picture, and this gives way to speculation, gossiping, or in the worst case, cyberbullying.
One Japanese idol who was recently subject to speculation is Moga Mogami, a former member of the idol girl group, Dempagumi.inc. Mogami was active with the group from 2011 to 2017, and after her departure, she continued to be active in the entertainment industry and on social media.
On Nov 12, Mogami made an announcement online stating that she is pregnant. She has mentioned in the past that she wants a child; however, she also made her decision clear that she has no plans of getting married in the future.
While the announcement attracted congratulatory messages and support, it did not come without criticism. There were speculations that the child is the result of an affair and accusations saying that the child might become unhappy. Mogami dispelled these comments with a post on her Instagram account.
She writes, “I'm sure there are a lot of opinions out there, but I want to be pregnant and I'm very happy about it. And I am determined to do the best I can for my child. So, even if people say there is unhappiness, no one knows what the future holds, so I don't think there is one right answer.”
Mogami also goes on to say that some of the comments are “upsetting”, and defends herself with, “It's normal to have a hard time raising children, even if you're married. The first time is the hardest part of anything. If they tell you you can’t do something because you have no experience, then nothing will be possible. In fact, I have been told that I am a failure, even if I had both parents.”
At the end of her post, Mogami also talks about what she thinks the “right answer” for her is: “I think the ‘right answer’ for me is to pour a lot of love into the child that's born and raise him or her as best as I can.”
The post received over 30,000 likes and over a thousand comments in Japanese. But more than anything, with her post, Mogami expressed deep feelings of love and hope for her child -- feelings that just goes to show that despite all the negativity, she truly has what it takes to become a good mother.
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