A Japanese Comedy duo and their management company issued an apology after the pair on a live show spoke about Naomi Osaka, saying that she ‘needs bleach’. Commonly known as “A Masso,” the duo made the remark during a recently concluded event after Osaka lifted her first trophy since winning the Australian Open in January.
They also went on to say that “she is too sunburned”. In messages carried on the website of their management company - Watanabe Entertainment Co Ltd, both women apologised for making “inappropriate, hurtful remarks” but did not refer to Osaka, who is Haitian and Japanese, by name.
“Though we should have thought about it, we made remarks that hurt many people, something we will never do again,” Ai Murakami wrote. “We sincerely apologise for making the specific person feel uncomfortable, as well as for everyone else connected to the event.
We also sincerely apologise for causing trouble”. Watanabe Entertainment, without mentioning Osaka’s name, added their own apology for “remarks inconsiderate of diversity in an era where diversity is respected,” saying the duo had been severely warned and steps taken to raise their awareness of the issue.
Neither Watanabe Entertainment nor Naomi Osaka’s management office in Japan was immediately available to comment. Osaka recently committed her participation for the Brisbane International next season ahead of the Australian Open, joining Ash Barty for the same.