The Governor of Tokyo has made a slew of homophobic statements during Japan’s national Human Rights Awareness Week.
In press conferences on December 3 and 7, Governor Shintaro Ishihara said that homosexuals were defectives and should not appear on TV.
“It seems they’re defective in some ways,” said Ishihara, “It’s probably because of their genetics. They’re a minority group, I pity them.”
“Homosexuals appear on TV like they’re allowed. Japan has become too unruly.”
“I saw the gay parade [in San Fransisco] in the past, but I felt really sorry for them. The same sex couples seemed they were missing something.”
Kobe based current affairs blogger Tootsie Rocha dubbed Ishihara a “stupid homophobic douchebag” for his comments.
The same week Ishihara won the Raspberry Award at the inaugural SuperStar Awards for depictions of GLBTs in the media
The awards were held in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building where Ishihara works.