Trans TV Personality Vexed Over Top Sumo Referee’s Troubling Apology

Warning: This article discusses and contains an account of sexual assault

Huffpost Japan 2018/1/09

Last week, the Japan Sumo Association made public that 58-year-old Shikimori Inosuke, the head referee, made sexual advances towards a teenaged referee while drunk. The group added that Shikimori had apologized to the teenager, who decided not to press charges, and that it is considering disciplinary measures.

During a January 8th appearance on the Fuji TV program Viking, television personality and beautician IKKO (who is transgender), expressed anger over Shikimori’s apology, where he stated, “I’m not a homosexual.”

According to the Japan Sumo Association, On the night of December 16 while in Ginowan City in Okinawa on business, Shikimori had to be helped back to his room after drinking heavily, where he then assaulted the teenager, kissing him repeatedly and touching his chest.

On the evening of January 5th, news of the incident came to light and was confirmed to be true by the Sumo Association.

IKKO expresses anger over Shikimori’s statement

According to the broadcast of Viking, Shikimori explained that he “was drunk and has no recollection of the incident” and said, “I’m not a homosexual, so I have no idea why I would do such a thing.”

IKKO confessed that she was shocked when she heard Shikimori’s excuse, saying, “What exactly does he mean when he says, ‘I’m not homosexual’?”

IKKO went on to point out Shikimori’s apparent lack of understanding of sexual minorities, and said, “It sounds to me that he is implying that homosexual individuals prey on minors. He completely lacks understanding.”

Commentator Higashikokubaru Hideo agreed, saying “His awareness is certainly lacking. LGBT individuals are just beginning to be seen in a positive light. It can’t be denied that his way of thinking is old-fashioned.”

Source – セクハラ行司「男色じゃない」と弁明⇒IKKOが怒りの声 同性愛への認識不足を指摘

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