TOKYO: Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has turned the tables with a plug for Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido, one of her sponsors after comments from Japanese comedy duo who said she was “too sunburned” and “needed some bleach”.
Eventually, the comedians apologized for their remarks at a live event on Sept 22, the same day Osaka won the Pan Pacific Open, although they didn’t confirm it was Osaka they referred.
Osaka said on Twitter late on Sunday, “Too sunburned’ lol that’s wild. Little did they know, with Shiseido Anessa perfect UV sunscreen I never get sunburned.”Born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the United States, Osaka has been embraced by Japan despite its long history as a racially homogeneous country.
She is one of a group of successful mixed-race athletes, together with U.S. professional basketball player Rui Hachimura and sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, who is helping to change that view.
It was reported in January that a commercial by a Japanese noodle company Nissin, featuring a cartoon character depicting Osaka – shown with pale skin and light brown hair was removed after it prompted an outcry.
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