Japanese company Sanrio, which specializes in “kawaii pop culture” products, licenses, and designs, recently received a barrage of insults from Western Twitter.
You may be familiar with Sanrio from their popular Hello Kitty line of products.
Another popular character from Sanrio is the Golden Retriever, Pompompurin.
Pompompurin (ポムポムプリン, Pomupomupurin) is a good-natured Golden Retriever dog character introduced by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1996. Purin was born on a sunny day on April 16th. Pompompurin lives in his own basket in the entrance hall of his sister-owner’s house. His trademark is his brown beret that is always on top of his head.
On June 16, 2020, the official Twitter account for Pompompurin made a simple tweet;
おはよう！今日もどこかで見守っているよ♡ 気をつけて行ってらっしゃ～い！！ pic.twitter.com/Y0sgVgh0zM
— ポムポムプリン【公式】 (@purin_sanrio) June 16, 2020
This simple tweet of an adorable dog mascot, in Law Enforcement Officer attire, riled up Western Twitter.
One user says “Not… not you too” and @’s Pompompurin while forcing the dog to stare down the barrel of a gun. Over 700 people liked that tweet.
A day later, they decided to add onto their tweet.
Which people continued to call out, causing the poster to flip flop all over with their argument.
Other Westerner’s took a different approach, rather than shifting their goal posts all over the place with a meritless argument, this user attempts to pull the “everything is political card”.
Although, plenty of reasonable Westerner’s did also support Pompompurin, calling out the intolerant Westerner’s.
Others… Not so much.
Regarding protests in Japan, Westerner’s have been trying for weeks to use that talking point, while greatly misrepresenting the protests.
Kyoto-based graduate researcher Oliver Jia, has made multiple posts explaining this, as well as the manipulation from Western Twitter.
You can find all sorts of protests in Tokyo and other big cities here. They tend to be organized by foreigners and a few politically minded Japanese. But they’re hardly representative of the majority of Japanese people, and small groups like Antifa don’t have any real influence. https://t.co/S3UmKczkJZ
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) June 7, 2020
Been seeing these videos shared around with the narrative that it’s Japanese solidarity for the Minneapolis protests over George Floyd, but that isn’t the case. These are Shibuya protests over Japanese police mistreating a Kurdish man held in their captivity. https://t.co/5bViMRWHLh
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) May 30, 2020
(Thank you GameWizard02 for the news tip.)
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