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I have to thank [ profile] karasu_0 for her comment in a post of one of my friends. That comment awoke in me the need to express some things about that particular matter. That's the reason of this post that originally was a reply to her but that ended up being so long as to make me move it in here.

Please allow me to tell you that what follows it's just my personal point of view and that of course I don't intend to change yours. These are just some things I wanted to express after reading your comment Also I should warn you that passion and reason form a strange mixture inside me and make me what I am. Being passion what won me over in answering you, I'd like to apologize in advance if any of my remarks or the way they were put into writing, bothers you in any way.

Let me begin by saying that I honestly envy you. You're fortunate not being the worrying kind as me and many others seem to be. We would be much more happier if we followed your advice and stop making such a fuss about these things. And surely, there are more pressing things in life to worry about, that a bunch of guys we just look at from afar. It's also lucky that you think it's all right to worry about other matters, because I must confess I was worrying about not being allowed to get worried... in general :p

Anyway and, even I have tried my best to apply that wise advice and not to keep my mind occupied in such things... I keep worrying about them... As Valmont would have said... It's beyond my control. Though here I must contradict you, even if it bothers me.

Firstable... they are not my idols. That word... idols, makes me cringe incontrollably everytime I hear it. Of course I have had my amount of musical groups, actors, etc., that I have liked in the passing years, but never did I consider them that. Just people that happen to offer me something I enjoyed.

As for the boys, and from the first time I layed eyes on them some two years ago, neither have I seen them as such. I began by liking what they did and ended up loving what they are. That's their magic. That appart from their work in itself, they're able to bring something much more important, deep and fulfilling, that is happiness, not an easy thing in our days, I should say.

In my case, they helped me through difficult times, putting smiles in my lips, making me laugh and cry and turning my life into something colorful, in spite of what surrounds me daily.

And this takes me to the second thing I feel compelled to punctuate. Thanks to what they gave me, of what I sense in them, I feel as if they were close to me as friends or family, as strange as that may sound. Believe me, I'm the first to be surprised, as never before did I cared so much about people that wasn't personally involved with me in this way until now. But that something inexplicable is their gift, and what makes them so special and precious. That quality of making people care deeply about them and feel for them when something hurtful may touch them. So now you can understand or so I hope, why some of us keep being concerned about them.

Sadly, that makes me go to my third remark. You say we shouldn't get caught up for what tabloids or some fans say about them. Well, I really don't care a bit about what a nonsensical tabloid chooses to say or about what a part of fandom do to have some kind of twisted fun. What I feel concern is about the consequences that those rumors, insults and criticism may cause to them, even if they have been in this business long enough as to have developed some kind of protective shield.

But even they surely are used to all this, they're still "human" and thus, susceptible of suffering when knowing about all this trash created at their expense. And that's what worries us, that's what we don't like. The consequences.

Nevertheless and in spite of it, they have been able to protect their inner self. That's their power. That in spite of being in the position they are, in a company that cut them the possibility of live their lives as they please and constantly scrutinized and criticized by a part of the fandom and the media that I really don't understand, but that seem to take pleasure in spreading whatever trash they find and to enlarge it a bit more, they're able to keep being themselves, to be still natural and true, to give what they can and what they are and to keep going on, no matter what surrounds them.

That's what really means to be human and what explains what my friend really tried to say. To want them to be human is not a personal expectation. The use of that expression simply means we just want them to be what they really are -themselves- and not some kind of manufactured dolls. "We want them" to be free to look, talk, do and be what they are, and not some product merely aimed to sell millions of DVDs or CDs, a cover without anything inside and nothing real to offer. Even more, we want them to have the freedom to decide what they need or want for their lives, and not to be under the dictatorship of an old guy that believes himself to be god, with full authority to decide upon the lives of others.

Freedom... you say it clearly. They're not allowed to do this or that, as in the shows or wherever. I don't feel concerned about what they cut or not, but by the fact they are forced to censor themselves in their lives, which is quite shocking, at least for me, and really quite dangerous and disgusting.

Lastly, as you say, I didn't know anything about how business run in Japan until I met them. And frankly I'm not "hiding behind my finger" -such a little place to hide, in my case-. I learnt how it works as I kept following the boys and it pained me and shocked more and more as I deepened in that knowledge but, never, ever, did I looked the other way. It simply happens I can not do much about it, being just a foreign fan. But among the few things I can do there's my concern and my effort to expose what I feel about it whenever I can, by writing or talking with other fellow fans that share my view.

So I don't just seat back and enjoy. Together with that I protest, I worry, I care and I try to say what I feel. They deserve it and it's also my way to thank them for what they give me everyday.

Don't worry, all this doesn't come in the way of how I love them. It will never do. So no need to let go off them -I could never do that, or confound that rotten business industry with them in themselves-, so no need to cool off either. They'll keep making me happy, besides anything else.

And for that and all I said before, I will keep worrying about their own happiness... As you now know... it's beyond my control ;)
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