ormer Japanese AV star Sora Aoi has been slammed online for her choice of wardrobe at a recent charity event in China. It’s not that she didn’t wear enough clothes, just one item too many.
On July 29th, Aoi was invited by Baizhentang, a Shanghai-based company known for selling male sex products, to act as an “ambassador” at an event aimed at raising money for impoverished children in Yunnan province. During the event, Aoi was filmed interacting with guests while wearing a red scarf around her neck, an accessory that is closely associated with the Young Pioneers of China, a patriotic youth organization for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 that is run by the Communist Youth League.
The color of the scarves symbolize the blood of revolutionary martyrs and therefore the neckerchiefs must be worn with reverence.
After watching the footage, many Chinese netizens felt that a retired Japanese porn star donning the scarf was somewhat less than reverent and voiced their outrage online.
The Communist Youth League itself even condemned Baizhentang’s actions as a “publicity stunt” which had stained the reputation of the league and of the Young Pioneers. In its statement, the organization vowed to take legal action against the company under a new Chinese law that was adopted this April which bans the defamation of the country’s heroes and martyrs.
Hoping to calm things down, Baizhentang released a statement on Weibo yesterday, formally apologizing for its “improper” use of the red scarf and for “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.”
Though she retired from the adult video business in 2011, Aoi’s popularity has not waned in China, making frequents visits to the country for events over the years. The Chinese government was even forced to crack down on her appearances and ban her from being shown on television.
Earlier this year, Aoi shattered millions of hearts by announcing that she had gotten hitched.