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Posted by Pepsiman

They don't fool around, them girls in Idolm@ster.


Fo sho.

  

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Well, without a translation we non-savvy types have to take your word for it.

Could this be considered a false idol?

Posted by Pepsiman

For once, I'm actually serious when I say that the subject of that video really is about eating breakfast. Yep.

But despite attending Catholic school for nine years before becoming an atheist, I don't entirely know the biblical implications of the existence of Japanese pop idols in terms of the ten commandments. I guess if you took a super conservative theological line, they could be considered false idols, but conversely, I doubt the commandments were written with this particular situation in mind.

But I'm not the best one to consult anyway. I was never a particularly good Catholic to begin with and beings as I'm not a practicing Christian anymore, you can say I'm definitely out of the loop when it comes to that stuff.
Posted by LordAndrew

All the best songs are about eating breakfast.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

For once, I'm actually not-so-serious when I say that the subject of that video may be pushing some Judeo-Christian taboo ;)

Being an atheist/agnostic myself, I don't worry too much about such things, since I think that some people have a tendency toward belief that's both culturally and possibly instinctually based, and that it varies from culture to culture, and person to person, how it's expressed, if at all.  I just made a pun of arguable quality.

When I see these "idols" I wonder if the word idol is perhaps the wrong word to begin with.  To me they are more intensive hobbies that people in Japanese culture use to help them define themselves to others and portray their preferences in entertainment.  To me it's...  well, I'd probably not be into idols even if I grew up in Japan, assuming I would have a similar personality.  From my outsider's perspective, it seems more to be a sub-cultural focus people have, rather than any direct religious connotations that would translate properly as "idol."

I suppose it's similar to the manufactured pop stars they push on kids now in America?  People consume the products of those sorts of singers because they don't have very refined taste to start, and we later differentiate ourselves from the popular crowd by finding our own musical tastes that are separate from the mainstream.  People scoff when you say you like the Beatles because, it's argued, almost EVERYONE likes the Beatles.  To me that specific case is unfortunate, since I grew up listening to the Beatles and feel I'm a step above some random jerk who says they like them, but whatever.

My pun was more "hey, if this is supposed to be one of those idols that Japanese culture loves so much, maybe she's not really up to the level of quality you would expect from such idols if all she can do is sing about food and wear a maid's outfit.  Thus: false idol."

Too bad text doesn't convey tone so well in English as it does in languages with more verb cases  :)