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‘I’m tan, it’s pretty obvious’: Naomi Osaka responds to ‘whitewashing’ in advert

November 30, 2019

Q. Yesterday overnight there was a bit of
controversy about one of your sponsors whitewashing a promotional campaign in Japan. Do you have
an opinion on that? Yeah, I mean, for me, I’m just focused on
this right now. I’ve gotten to the final of a slam, and that’s sort
of my main priority, so … Q. As a socially conscious person, are you
content that campaign has been taken off the media now? Like, I’ve talked to them. They’ve apologised.
For me, it’s obvious, I’m tan. It’s pretty obvious. I don’t think they did it on purpose
to be, like, whitewashing or anything. But I definitely think that the next time they
try to portray me or something, I feel like they should talk to me about it.


  • Reply JAMES JOHN January 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    She dont want to do interviews , she just wants to focus on playing .

  • Reply goodY January 25, 2019 at 4:09 am

    no whitewashing. typical japanese are not white. weve never had black slavery and no major conflict between yellow and black community in japan . because of success of those black japanese athletes, black is getting accepted as regulor member of japans society. i really wish you not to bring your problems into my country.

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  • Reply Anthony Ruffin January 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

    This is sad

  • Reply Nzarama January 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    she is now world number1 at 21 years

  • Reply Black Jesuscom January 26, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    She's to young to understand the sickness and pervasiveness of white supremacy in a world where 90% of the globe are people of color. But give it time. It always raises its ugly ignorant head no matter how successful you are. Rev. 1:14 People Lie, Facts Don't.

  • Reply soid drone slayer January 26, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Naomi Osaka has a Japanese last name due to the fact she was born in Japan thus took the last name or her Japanese mother but she grew up in America she has a Hatian American father hence the reason she has a darker complextion. She doesnt deny her ethnic makeup infact she embraces it but why dont the media?

  • Reply Koriander Yander January 26, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    She clearly feels uncomfortable with Media's attempt to diminish her Haitian heritage.

  • Reply とり January 26, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Difference in culture.
    Buddha image is golden.
    Indians are not golden.
    Anime is anime.

  • Reply Edward Hannah January 27, 2019 at 6:06 am

    How dare they! You’d think they would get her input. But that’s just crazy talk!

  • Reply djjlc January 28, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Who cares she’s not from Japan

  • Reply Ice in my Veins January 30, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Racism is a big problem in Japan:(

  • Reply Mav Hunter July 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I think we should let her play the sport. She is not an activist.

  • Reply Sua Bhu September 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    She doesn't want to be putting any political Arena she just wants to play and that's ok let her be that everybody wants to be a Freedom fighter she's probably not ready for it she's Young. Very different cultural backgrounds she's half Japanese and Haitian sleeve the girl and let her be on everybody everybody come from the same that we all come from

  • Reply Ddembe Francis October 12, 2019 at 7:32 am

    She is great no matter what

  • Reply Piman Mann Jaques October 17, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Not on purpose? Please!

  • Reply GARY HILSON October 21, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Black people need to stop Apologizing for who we are and be Black and Proud!!!!!

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