Sagiri Seina 'Knock on the Door' - Let's talk about numbers (GRAPH Sept 2013) - translation
So this was a GRAPH page I came across on online that I thought was quite interesting when I was reading it, and then while I was translating, it got even more interesting, even though its an older quick question style chat.
What really surprised me was the bit about the TV shows. Because let me just say, Japan and Asia in general is rather conservative with things related to homosexuality. But it's like you can have comedians being flamboyant, funny, outspoken and blunt on TV, cross dress and the works. BUT it's like that's reserved only for TV land and entertainers. In regular society, Japanese and Asians in general don't like to talk about homosexuality, because its regarded as very shameful. So though certain cities do allow gay marriage in Japan (Yes, Takarazuka City being one of them!) the rest of Japan is still very conservative about this stuff. Yes, the LGBTQ community does exist in pockets, they do have pride parades, the younger generation are rather accepting of the LGBTQ community but the rest of Japan really doesn't like to talk about it.
So the fact that Sagiri isn't afraid to say she's a fan of Matsuko Deluxe and watches a number of his shows, that really tells a lot about who Sagiri is as a person. She's not afraid of what people will think of her, she accepts and loves people as they are, she respects people's talents and different professions, I think that is very brave of her to mention those shows because, she could have said anything else, but she wanted to say 'hey, I'm a fan of these shows, I love watching them, it makes me happy'. and if people have a problem with that, stuff 'em.