Hrmm... I decided to just randomly post an entry in my journal since I haven't done so in about... a year or a bit more than a year? >.< Yes, it's been quite a while ^^' In fact, looking back at my entries, they are very random... and I believe a good chunk of them are... birthday posts! xD What happened to keeping up with the birthday posts, dear old me?
I mostly wanted to make one post on something that has affected the Hey! Say! JUMP fandom - the Ryutaro smoking incident. There are quite a few things I have to say about the topic and, reading some other posted entries about the Ryutaro incident and the author's thoughts on it, I have to say that I will probably be writing a condensed version on it. However, knowing myself, it will still be rather long, either way xD
Hey! Say! JUMP has always been a group of ten members and my view of HSJ will continue to stay that way. Ryutaro has been in Johnny's for quite a long time and I remember seeing him as a little midget whose voice had not even broken yet. He had been a Jr. alongside Yamada, Yuto, Inoo, and many of the other HSJ members as well. As we grow up, things about us change and we discover and learn about new things.
For Ryutaro, he made the decision to smoke as early as fourteen years old as we know. It's not "too" big of a surprise considering I live in the USA and some teenagers smoking is an accepted fact, but the important fact for Ryutaro is that he is an idol. As for his reason to smoke, we will never know unless we know Ryutaro personally, but even then the issue may be a bit touchy. There must be a reason as to why he started smoking? My guesses are that he was stressed, possibly from idol work or maybe even the stalker incident that happened a while ago.
That doesn't change the fact that smoking is bad for you. If Ryutaro makes the choice, he must know the consequences. I disagree with Ryutaro's choice but what bothered me the most was the fact that he seemed to be open about it. According to Tokyograph, he had not only been doing it for a while, but was warned by other people and had brushed off the warnings. Looking at the pictures, he looks as though he is posing for the camera. Not only this, but Ryutaro claimed that he had done it a few times "out of curiosity" (Tokyohive). I believe doing something "out of curiosity" or trying something is a one time thing, not a repeated action.
I believe that something must have been bothering him for him to resort to smoking. Smoking calms the nerves and, having relatives who smoke, I understand that sometimes it cannot be helped. I just wished that Ryutaro would have thought about it more and gone to other methods of relieving his stress. It has affected the group on a large scale (Of course, HSJ will now have 9 members >.<), but it may have also affected his younger brother, Shintaro, as well. I'm not sure if Ryutaro has thinking selfishly on his part, but, in either way, his smoking has affected himself as well as other people.
As of now, it has been said that Ryutaro is now suspended, although some sources say "indefinitely", I am still hoping for his comeback. Everyone makes mistakes and unfortunately, for some people whom make mistakes, they must learn the hard way. For Ryutaro, this was the case. Although my previous paragraphs were scolding him and analyzing the situation, Ryutaro is still Ryutaro. I am sure that if the tabloids had not exposed Ryutaro's smoking habit, no one would have known. Ryutaro still acted like himself; he still acted funny and playful. In fact, looking back at some later clips, such as the ones from Showa! Heisei! show, Ryutaro had probably smoked by then, but I still remember and love some of his witty and funny remarks when "battling" against Yamada and/or Yuto. I am sure, or, I, at least, hope, that he is reflecting on the situation and will be making better choices later on in life. I can't imagine how the members feel, let alone Ryutaro, but what he probably needs is reassurance so that he can continue on and become a better person.
Ryutaro, true fans will be there supporting you all the way, no matter what choices or mistakes you make. We will be supporting you all the way and patiently waiting for your return!
(Note: I hope this has not offended anyone in any way, and if it had, I deeply apologize. This was simply my view and opinion on the incident and, while my view may not be the same as yours, please be respectful.)
So, that was the serious post (It was a pretty much a drabble, sorry about that!) of my journal and... later on, you'll probably see me making a random, more light-hearted, post sometime soon~ until then, bye-bye!
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