Xenophobia should have no place in this community. But sadly, it does.

Hate is not the right answer, but there's also serious cultural differences that make it hard for the two communities to sympathize with each others' point of view.

Japanese society, as far as I understand, gives much more weight to following rules - both written and not: you don't want to cause trouble, to not fit in. To them she was proven to be a black sheep, and their standard reaction is to point out how serious it is that she broke rules. It's really not about what exactly she did, it's about not being able to stay in line and fit in, which is what their society expects from them.

The western audience on the other hand gives much more importance to respecting the individual: the first thing we see is how she's not being respected. Her personal info was dug up, and that would be enough; then, you look into it and reach the supposedly damning clip where she leaks info, and you see a scared girl talking about someone she knew who retired. It doesn't seem like that big a deal, so all of this just triggers a desire to protect her and support her.

The different values in play make us see her in a totally different light: Japanese fans think we defend her too much, and western fans think Japanese fans are being excessively harsh. And that's the relatively sane majority: what you describe is a louder minority in the western base, but mind you, there's also a loud minority in the Japanese base harassing her with bringing her old tweets up and telling her to go away, which honestly doesn't make me happy I learned Japanese.

So, hate is not the answer but I'm not sure there is one. I tried understanding, and the conclusions I came to kinda make sense, but they don't really make me feel any better about the whole thing.

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