omo i put the wrong link for the second video
>sakura fatshaming one of her members
this is kind of infamous on the intl side due to an article written by a scrote who treats anything, even sexual abuse as gossip
sakura accidentally posted a tweet to her main account saying one of her members outfit was "bursting"/about to burst.
she then deleted and pretended to be hacked.
the article said sakura called her member, meru tashima, fat, but she used the words "ぱっんぱん" (pan pan). one of the several meanings to near "burst". if she was calling her fat she would've just said she was debu or looked big.
sakura is also close friends with murashige anna who has went through several weight changes and she has said many times sakura has never changed the way she treated her even when she became distant from her so its obvious she doesnt care about whether someone is fat or not
the whole context of this is that if you look at picrel, meru and the other members were wearing 3 layers of costumes and obviously sakura knew this, which is why she commented on the fact that it looked like her costume was going to burst. at the time of this sakura was facing extreme hate and scrutiny from fans for being pushed as the face of the group and she stupidly pretended to be hacked since she had no idea how to handle it at the time
meru quite literally didn't care about it at all and if she did, she would've made it known.
she is still very close friends with sakura, and patiently waited for her to return to japan and attended her graduation concert which is something you dont have to attend out of obligation
this also happened almost 5 years ago so i do believe people can change
>sakura's members hate her
all the members of the 1st gen of hkt speak kindly of sakura, and she regularly meets up and speaks with them.
younger generations have said how she always checks on the trainees of the group and was extremely kind to them. if they disliked sakura they would've made it obvious or said so
also being in a group with 20+ other members increases the competitiveness and some of it is instigated by the management and fans themselves and sakura has been victim to it several times as she was pushed heavily by management and made to take on a lot for the sake of hkt48 as a teenager
while i dont think sakura is a perfect angel who can do no wrong i don't think she is as incredibly awful as she is made out to be