Japanese teens and young men known as shut-ins, who eschew human contact and spend their days playing video games and reading comics in their parents’ homes. There are an estimated 1 million hikikomori in Japan, contributing to a worrisome drop in the Japanese population.
What’s disturbing about her performance is that all those tired Orientalist tropes overcame dozens of corporate hurdles and onto live television. Neither her circle nor the show’s producers had the common sense to say, Hey, you know what? This might not be such a bright idea. Can’t you just dress like a cupcake again?