AKB48 member Yuka Tano insults South Korea & Hallyu fans

AKB48 member Yuka Tano recently made headlines after insulting both South Korea, and their enthusiastic fans.

The incident went down when the idol held an Instagram live, a fan asked Tano if she had done any plastic surgery on her eyes. After answering no, she suddenly went off on a tirade about South Korea. “I think everyone who visited South Korea has received surgery…”, and “I hate those people who love Korea”.

She additionally went on to say “I think Koreans are cute, but I hate Japanese people who like Korea. Do you know what I mean? I mean… Japanese people who want to be Korean, I hate them!”

Afterwards she went on to talk about makeup. For years Korean style make up and their products have been a staple in Asian countries. She said that only those who look amazing in Korean makeup should do it, everyone else needs to stop.

Switching her direction to social media profiles Tano also condemned non-Koreans who have Korean in their profiles, calling it “too much”. As her rant continued her fans began to express their worry, but she simply brushed them off. She ended her rant on a “positive note”, complimenting Korean food.

Naturally, her behavior did not sit well with South Korean netizens and some AKB fans who thought she was being rude. Some people weren’t that upset with Tano however. The edgelords at GirlsChannel were actually praising her, with some of the top rated comments saying: “Justice”, “She may be an idol…but she’s become favorable to me”, “I do not think Koreans are cute”, “Exactly”, and “I will support you”.

On her official twitter account she tweeted an apology.

I, Tano Yuka, said some misleading remarks on Instagram Live that hurt a lot of people and made them uncomfortable. I reflect on my thoughtless and selfish remarks, and I will make sure that it never happens again in the future. I am very sorry.”

Tano joined AKB48 in 2011 as a Kenkyuusei, she’s currently in Team K.

(via J-cast, girlschannel, bizjournal, and Lost @ tips)

  • Comments

    • Not Polka Dot
      • FaDia

        she has more brains than your oppar btw?

        • Not Polka Dot

          Dude, I don’t have an oppar, I love my senpai. Thank you very much. And my senpai is flawless.

          • FaDia

            thats even worse omg

            • Not Polka Dot

              Senpai is flawless than that chit of a girl. At least he’s not a racist.

              • FaDia

                Absolutely not racist, more like xenophobic if we’re being precise here, but your SENPAI is still shit, probably a closeted racist and a homophobe so the girl won.

                • Not Polka Dot

                  Seriously, dude? Seriously? The girl literally talked about it live and you still defend her? Snap fucking out of it.

                  • FaDia

                    No one is defending her lmao it’s funny how kboos are the first to attack her. I guess the truth hurts

                • Not Polka Dot

                  And what’s homophobia got anything to do with this????

                • Not Polka Dot

                  How old are you???

        • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

          Doesn’t seem like has more brains than a duck though.

      • lynx

        she went to korea to buy a brain but it’s out of stock so she hates korea now

    • Mal

      Oh, girl. Say bye-bye to your career and start looking for another. This is why idols shouldn’t communicate directly with their fans without their manager being there with them.

      • FaDia

        why would she? she could buy your whole oppars existence and his family too so shut up

        • lynx

          but how? she’s not even a popular member of akb48

          • she just gained alot of fans, with this news remark…

        • Guest

          she couldn’t lbr. unpopular AKB members are probably as underpaid as second-hate k-idols.

          • FaDia

            well you can keep saying it

        • halyma현해기

          just wondering why you keep referring your oppar when its oppa. did the oppa do anything bad that you hate them so much? I’ve grown up with Jpop since mid 80’s and kpop since mid 90’s and i love both oppa and oniichan. Still i think she is wrong although some of her points is right but to blabber without thinking is not right esp you are an idol who supposed to know how bad media can turn your words. “She could buy oppars family”, i dont think so. Do you even know how much they earn? we are talking about not so popular member of AKB here. It May be possible if we are talking about Arashi members. Everyone is free to voice their opinion and mostly are logic. So stop ranting childishly to others who voice their opinion here if you just listening to both of them not even half of the years im listening to them.

    • xHadex

      AKB48 GIRL ARE RETARDED AS USUAL
      FUCK AKB

      • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

        yikes

      • lynx

        don’t slander akb48 sweetie. every group has bad apples

      • *facepalm*

      • hello koreaboo

        ha! a koreaboo appeared :P

        • xHadex

          not a koreaboo. i am a jpop fan. but just pure hate akb.

          • halyma현해기

            not AKB its the member herself

        • xHadex

          pure anti

      • Jay

        Wow. Maybe you should take a step back and calm down. I’m not particularly fond of AKB groups myself but seriously, take a chill pill.

        • xHadex

          retard akb fan.

          • Jay

            Awwww, look at you being all cute with your childish insults. Good job, sweetie. Now get the fuck off my internet.

    • surfboardt
    • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

      sooo… she hates koreaboos? who doesn’t?

      • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai
        • Summer

          So why did she apologize?

          • FaDia

            because of kboos lol

        • Not Polka Dot
        • hasawa

          I don’t get her entitlment to say that only people whose korean makeup suits well should wear it though. Like, does she hold any authority about how make up that suits you well enough looks like?

          • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

            her personality has always gotten bad comments, maybe that’s why she doesn’t rank in the top 100 anymore

        • chocoapples

          Thank you for sharing proper translation. And reading the comments makes me kinda understand why many people share similar sentiments..

        • yue

          wow I feel exactly the same as this girl. I don’t see anything bad with what she said mmm… It is true that you don’t have to trust 100% of the translations… same happened with Nino and tvxq thing.

        • Guest

          She’s not saying anything far-fetched BUT she’s obviously following Korean style and trends in the pic posted above so like….. idgi

          • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

            how is it korean style?

      • hasawa

        Honestly I hate Koreaboos as well, but saying that she “hates” anyone who likes this country is flat out stupid. Some people didn’t wait Hallyuh to enjoy travelling to this country and enjoy its culture.

    • SnowDrop

      Wow…who hurt you, Yuka?
      Honestly, while this is pretty nasty, it feels more like she’s annoyed with Koreaboos rather than Koreans. Still…this reflects rather poorly on her…

    • FaDia

      queen

    • Zakiyya Amajida

      The nasty response from all those koreaboo make me understand why she hates them. Not saying her action is good tho.

      • hasawa

        Their reactions are equally nasty as those of J netizens’ jumping at any opportunity to drag Koreans though..

    • hasawa

      Thanks to yacchatai accurate translation, I actually get where she comes from.
      I myself hate Koreaboos and Kpop, and don’t get the apeal of plastic faced Kpopstars (esp those tacky ass boysbands that so many girls are raving about) BUT spilling in out on the web was stupid. She for sure should know that this kind of stance was utterly antagonizing – don’t idols have any media training?

    • Amy

      That ain’t no way to be.

      Both genres have their own flavor of suck.

    • halyma현해기

      For outsider who love both Japan and Korea, I do understand her point and i do agreed on some points mentioned. However as an idol i think the message should be relay in better way so it wont hurt anyone especially her own fans who is Korean. She should know better how the media can make it a bizarre with their word twist when its actually not a big deal. So i hope she will be more careful in future.

      • while I do agree with some of her points, yeah, she’s too rash

        • halyma현해기

          trueeee…

    • Hate is a strong word.

    • USAis Terrorist&Murderer

      i hate usa and its stupid slave countries and stupid american-european faggots and all these western terrorists who kill people all over the world, that morons are lucky to live so far

    • U

      Older Japanese people (talking 30+) seem to agree with her but they’re not the majority on twitter. K-pop fans are calling her a racist, asking her to shave her head and quit AKB lol.

    • King Hide

      but korean make up still looks good on typical japanese looks, i know she doesn’t have typical japanese looks but it still suit her with that make up on second image.

    • MrM

      Bwahahahaha… This girl’s just a Troll. I don’t like K-weirdness and Anything 48… But I’m her fan now :)

    • zatiMb

      What she said makes absolute 10000% sense regarding Koreaboos.. Others should read the proper translation btw. Idk her, but I worshipped her now LOL. Arama mods need to find the accurate translation and infos before putting on the misleading title tbh.

      • ポラリス

        100% agree!

    • john wayne

      racists should have no place in the entertainment industry…..she should be kicked out of her gruop and totally banned from the entertainment industry….

      • Elodie Genia

        go see the real translation

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    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      Pretty, but stupid. Sit down girl.

    • Banu

      Everyone can tell what they truly feel about something even it sometimes are rude and mean comments BUT .. her group is gonna team up with the unit..
      If you want to bash something about other culture, country think first if you have to work with them.. who and the hell will accept her now she talked bad about Korea and Koreans! But for work she has to work with them.. such a bright girl.

      She has to re-educate herself before bashing others while she needs them has to work with them the same year!
      Why apologize, if you gonna regret it you don’t say it. You may be a hero in Japan “cause Japan has conflict with Korea” but in Koreans peoples eye you are a silly rude girl you better stay in Japan!

      • Elodie Genia

        go see real translation seriously

    • trufax

      whats funny is that with her styling she looks she could belong to a kpop gg herself lmao

    • Elodie Genia

      I don’t thank you for this distorted article that koreaboo took and translate on other country website, really it’s awful.