Arts2213 Literature Review Essay
SMAP is not well-known for their talents in singing, but rather for depicting Japanese personalities. Darling-Wolf refers to SMAP members as 'life-sized' pop idols (Aoyagi) who personifies a typical Japanese boy or girl …show more content…
In contrast to the Western culture, hardly any boy bands have a feminine image. Most celebrities are afraid to speak out about their homosexuality and until recently, same-sex marriage was accepted in America, which may have made it easier for celebrities to speak out. Though there are openly homosexual western celebrities such as Sam Smith and Ricky Martin, they do not portray heavily sexualised and feminine personalities like SMAP members. They are particularly conservative and will hardly wear heavy make-up or cross dress. This is an observation that can potentially be further examined.
A few limitations of Darling-Wolf's article is that though there were heavy emphasis on male masculinity and boy bands, there were no comparisons to the female bands and their appeal. It is unsure whether this can be applied to females too. Topics that can be further explored include whether hybridity in identities