Japanese comedians apologize for racist joke about Naomi Osaka needing 'bleach' https://t.co/5aP0iAPmTT— The Japan Times (@japantimes) September 26, 2019
A Japanese, female comedy duo (manzai), A Masso, and their management firm apologized on Tuesday after reportedly making a quip that tennis star Naomi Osaka, of Japanese and Haitian heritage, needed to pick up some “bleach.”
The pair reportedly suggested Osaka needed “bleach,” and said the 21-year-old former world No. 1 was “too sunburned,” during a live performance on Sunday.
“We apologize for our failure to supervise A Masso, who made remarks that entirely lacked consideration,” their management firm, Watanabe Entertainment, added in a statement.
Osaka is a household name in Japan and her every move is followed feverishly by local media, particularly when she is in the country of her birth. Having faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that has been traditionally racially homogeneous, as well as scrutiny for her imperfect Japanese-language skills.